Entries tagged with: RTX
Royal Trux's 'Twin Infinitives'
Do you ever hear your influence on new bands? Do you often hear something and say, "Oh!"That's Jennifer Herrema of '90s indie rockers Royal Trux, reminscing about her old band's 1998 album Accelerate that was just reissued by Drag City. The record got the "Best New Reissue" tag from Pitchfork and can be picked up in basically any non-cassette format of your choice.
Yeah, I have. And people from other bands have told me that. But I think it's more signifiers than people being able to get the sounds that we got. Because nobody has my voice, nobody can play the guitar like Neil, nobody can write songs like we can. But I think a lot of signifiers have been utilized in the spirit of Royal Trux, for sure. A lot of bands have been really vocal about us influencing them, and then there's been a lot of people who don't talk about it because...they don't like giving props, or whatever. (laughs)
Do you listen to a lot of new rock bands?
I've definitely heard some cool stuff. I like the new Blues Control album that came out. I think we played with them once. I don't remember what they were all about live, but I liked the record. We played a show with friends of ours, Wild Yaks. I like their show, but I never heard any of their recorded stuff.
As far as big, big records mostly rap. I'm just kind of stoked for the new Bones Thugs n' Harmony. - [L Mag]
Meanwhile, if this can be believed, Royal Trux will perform their 1992 album, Twin Infinitives, in full at Saint Vitus on December 8 with openers Pigeons. It's their only live date currently and, of course, the real question is, is this an actual Royal Trux reunion with Herrema and Neil Hagerty or just one of them. Hagerty has been making music under The Howling Hex moniker; Herrema carried on as RTX but now fronts Black Bananas. One thing we do know for sure: tickets are on sale.
UPDATE (10/13): Mystery solved. Saint Vitus' ticket page now reads "Neil Michael Hagerty performing Royal Trux - 'Twin Infinitives.'" This post's title has been changed to reflect this too.
In other news, Black Bananas have a new video for "It's Cool," the lead track from their album, Rad Times Xpress IV, which came out early this year. Watch it below.
DOWNLOAD: Black Bananas - "Rad Times" (MP3)
Jennifer Herrema soldiered on with RTX following the demise of Royal Trux on 2001. Now RTX has evolved into Black Bananas, who are welcoming their debut LP Rad Times Xpress IV via Drag City on 1/31. Art below.
Here's how Black Bananas was described in a recent press release:
"Black Bananas is set for the next all-inclusive rock and roll crusade, the one that includes even and especially all the shit you don't like, woven into all the shit you can't live without. This has been the name of Jennifer's game from day one; she owns the blueprints and if you don't know by now, don't even bother to Google it, cuz understanding is an investment not an action. Jennifer Herrema is not schizophrenic nor does she don many hats. She is simply a singer and simultaneously, a pioneer of comprehensive non-exclusive opposition rock, and Black Bananas is the latest addition to the oeuvre."Why do I have a headache all of a sudden? Check out "Rad Times" from the LP above and a video album teaser below.
Black Bananas will celebrate Rad Times Express IV with an LA release party, followed by a string of dates supporting Sleigh Bells. Those dates include the now-sold-out Terminal 5 on February 17th. Full tour schedule, the album art and that album teaser below.
Heavy Cream at Death By Audio (more by Andrew St. Clair)
As discussed, Heavy Cream play Death By Audio TONIGHT (6/22) with Elks, Teen Witch, and Hunters. It's one of two NYC-area shows for Heavy Cream who are on tour through 6/25. They can also be found at Fuck Mountain in New Brunswick, New Jersey on 6/23.
As promised Heavy Cream also have a tour with The Ettes in their future. That one kicks off back in Brooklyn on August 3rd at Knitting Factory with Hans Condor also on the bill. Heavy Cream also tour the West Coast in September with Royal Trux. Full tour dates are below.
The NYC-loving Heavy Cream has recently played Death By Audio with Jeff The Brotherhood, Death By Audio with Ty Segall, and most recently, Music Hall of Williamsburg with Japanther/Shellshag.
JEFF the Brotherhood are on tour and back in Brooklyn on Saturday.
All Heavy Cream tour dates and a couple of videos below.
Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...
by Black Bubblegum
Jennifer Herrema (ex-Royal Trux) has brought the sleaze back in town with her band RTX, first hitting up the Knitting Factory Tap Bar tonight (March 4th, tickets are still available) with locals Blues Control, Bogan Dust, and Polite Sleeper, and then Glasslands in Brooklyn tomorrow with Telepathe and Necking. If you're going to Knitting Factory tonight, note that Boris and Growing are also playing right upstairs.
Child Abuse will be on hand (the band, not the action) for the Glasslands show as well, reppin Lovepump United (Mookie Singerman from Genghis Tron's label). Lovepump United will also play host to their own shindig at SXSW this year with Monotonix, HEALTH, Clipd Beaks, Old Time Relijun, and Apes. Look for RTX to also make an appearance at the Tee Pee Records party with J. Mascis's band Witch (who have a great new album), the awesome Graveyard, Titan, and others. All dates below...