Entries tagged with: Royal Trux
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Royal Trux @ Webster Hall, 12/19/2015
"It just seemed pretty natural," Herrema said. "I guess when you know somebody that well, even though we hadn't spoken in so long -- you know, I spent 20 years of my life with him- I knew it would be good, it wasn't gonna be fucked up."Following their appearance at Berserktown II back in August, scuzz rock titans Royal Trux played NYC's Webster hall on December 19. It was their second show in 15 years and seemed to pick right up where they left off. They're not done yet, either: look for them at Austin's Levitation fest in May. Pictures from Royal Trux's Webster Hall show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.
And the good came with the bad, of course. "It was exactly the same, all the way down to the arguing, which is part of the process -- like, talking about tempos," she recalled. "He wanted faster, and I wanted slower. We just got in a big fight, and then it got resolved, and then we moved on. I mean, that was par for the course as well."
But for all parties involved, it seemed like that was gonna be it. "We were like, 'Oh that's cool.' But we weren't like, 'Oh we gotta go book more shows,' or anything," Jennifer remembered. Lucky for us, Webster Hall approached Herrema and Hagerty to see if they'd give it another go. "We just had a really good time at the August show so it was really easy to say yes," Herrema explained. - [Bedford + Bowery]
Opening the were likeminded arty outliers IUD (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing), Blues Control and Baltimore multihyphenate Lexie Mountain. Pics from their sets, plus more of Royal Trux, below...
Austin's Levitation Festival already announced a few of its 2016 performers, including Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, plus Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Sleep, Lee Scratch Perry, Ty Segall, Black Mountain, and Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats. The full lineup has new been revealed and also includes Caribou, Slowdive, Super Furry Animals, Boris, Dungen, The Black Angels, Sunn O))), Royal Trux, Oneohtrix Point Never, Shabazz Palaces, Lee Ranaldo, Ultimate Painting, Nicolas Jaar and more.
Levitation happens April 29 - May 1 at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin. Weekend passes are on sale and full lineup is listed below.
Royal Trux @ Beserktown II (photo via @sabmanshar)
Of course efficiency and taught musicianship was never a Royal Trux live show hallmark. Still, loose songs became even looser to the point of falling apart. Red Tiger and Mercury were beautiful disasters. Bad Blood seemed to carry a deeper, more relevant meaning this time around, even though it was written back in the '80's. Toward the middle of the set Hagerty took over primary vocal duties, running through Deafer Than Blind and Let's Get Lost. Herrema asked the lights to be lowered and as the stage turned azul, the band went into Blue Is The Frequency. Hagerty and Herrema finally started to gel on Morphic Resident, then a great version of one of the band's most sentimental songs, Back To School, provided a true highlight to the evening, only to fall back to pieces with especially unfocused versions of Junkie Nurse and Banana Question.You can watch a couple videos from Royal Trux's Berserktown II performance, below.
For those hoping Royal Trux might do an East Coast show, you get your wish: December 19 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday at 10 AM. It's their only announced show at the moment.
by Bill Pearis
Royal Trux (photo by Nine Gouveia)
The Berserktown II festival is happening August 14-16 in Los Angeles and they have expanded their lineup quite a bit since we last posted, with some potentially exciting additions. First and foremost is duo Royal Trux, with Neil Michael Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema performing under the RT name for the first time in 15 years. Herrema will also play with her current concern, Black Bananas and Hagerty is part of Dan'l Boone who are also playing the fest.
Also on board for Berserktown II are another Royal: Australia's awesome Royal Headache who haven't been to the US in three years (and haven't really played a whole lot since then anywhere). Other notable Berserktown II additions include Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, Power Trip, Sheer Mag, The Ukiah Drag, Lust for Youth, Helm, Puce Mary, Vexx, Wax Idols, and The Mob (who visited from the UK earlier this year). Those join previously announced artists Dead Moon, Total Control, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests and more.
Tickets and festival passes are on sale now. Full daily lineups are listed, along with Berserktown II poster, below.
In related news, Neil Michael Hagerty will play Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 28 with fellow noisemakers PC Worship and long-running CT-based band Sore Eros. Tickets are on sale.
by Ian Chainey
What would happen if you played Royal Trux, Wolf Eyes, AIDS Wolf, and Formant at the same time? Well, something that will probably get you booted from your apartment complex, but if you guessed Dan'l Boone you're not far off. The band featuring Nate Young (Wolf Eyes, tons more) Neil Hagerty (Royal Trux, Pussy Galore, Howling Hex), Alex Moskos (AIDS Wolf, Drainolith), and Charles Ballas (Formant) have a new self-titled album on the way via Drag City that will be released on September 23 (preorder). As you might expect given that membership, it's a delicious mess, constructed like a found-sound collage. Seemingly random tones bleep and blurb, guitars bubble, snatches of spoken-word loop in and out, and manipulated tapes screech and spit. But, somehow, it all fits together, like a musique concrète Pollock painted by a totally tripping Mothers of Invention. Provided you've got the ear for it, it's an exciting listen. You can check out two promo videos below.
To support the album, the Dan'l Boone are heading out on the road near the end of September. Their album is boundary-less, so just imagine how wild this will be live. They'll hit locales like Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia. On October 2, they'll play NYC's Saint Vitus with Hospital Productions' urine-soaked Yellow Tears. Tickets for that show are available now.
All dates are listed, with those promo videos, below...
We mentioned before that Yuck would be carrying on with frontman Daniel Blumberg. Well the singer has just announced his new thing which is called Hebronix and that its debut album, produced by Royal Trux's Neil Hagerty, will be out July 9 on ATP Records (That's All Tomorrow's Parties' label if you were wondering). You can stream the first track to appear, "Unreal," below.
No North American shows lined up just yet, but there are Hebronix UK dates and those are listed below.
photos by Ebru Yildiz
Neil Michael Hagerty @ Saint Vitus, 12/8/2012
In the continuing confounding genius of the Royal Trux legacy, Neil Michael Hagerty assembled the cast of the 1988 Royal Trux lineup - literally a cast, other people he's met recently that resembled the 1988 lineup, to perform their notoriously difficult and drugged out album... Twin Infinitives.... the show was actually the antithesis of a reunion on purpose - not only were the other members not there, but the twin infinitives material was hardly even played live 20 years ago... (and they did a pretty damn good job...)Neil Michael Hagerty performed Royal Trux's Twin Infinitives at Saint Vitus on Saturday (12/8), a rare, one-off showcasing of the 1992 LP. Pictures from the show are below (though none of supporting band Pigeons).
neil even announced the title of each song before they played it, and counted off the end of each one - "ONE TWO THREE FOUR" - in as close recreations of what these mini-disaster songs could sound like live. No surprises, but that's the point. and also very uncharacteristic for a guy who's known to frequently play only brand new material live and has continously said in interviews that he'll never reunite the original trux lineup. -[Gary Canino]
Meanwhile Jennifer Herrema (also ex of Royal Trux, but not part of this show) participated in a store window installation called She's Crafty at New Museum which ended on Friday. Herrera's current band Black Bananas is slated to play Austin Psych Fest in 2013.
More pictures from Saint Vitus are below.
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.
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...