Royal Trux : Classic or Dud ?

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or just an inbetweener ?

ALSO - what about harmelodics - who needs that as a justification for playing watchawant whenyawant ?

Accelerator - I think everyone loved it cause it wasn't total shite like the previous albums

Geordie Racer, Tuesday, 17 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

DUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I used to like Cats n' Dogs. NEVER liked Twin Infinitives (also known as music for posers rockstar wannabe junkie art school drop outs) and, even though I thought the "aerosmithy" later album was listenable, I got bored of them. Now, I get nothing out of Cats N' Dogs except annoying attitude from self-absorbed, self-destructive, overgrown brats that think not taking showers is cool. That Aerosmithy one, though (with Ray-O-vac) is STILL okay, but rarely do I think to put it on. They annoy me. Yes.

, Tuesday, 17 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

probably dud, but only because their albums are overlong - the last song on veterans of disorder (forget the name) is about 7 minutes of pretentious guitarwank which the world could have done without. i remember reading a press clipping sounding really impressed that this was neil hagerty's longest ever solo. however, at other times, they do sound on fire, it just never quite gets going enough. jennifer herrema (sp?) is, however, the coolest woman in rock. without a shadow of a doubt...


Bill, Tuesday, 17 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

So very in between. I have only heard everything from Thank You and later, except for Twin Infinitives, which I didn't like at all and eventually sold (and it wasn't because it was too noisy.) They have a handful of really, really great songs ("I'm Ready," "Stevie," "Yo Se!") but all the records I have are about half tracks I skip. I get annoyed by Herrerma's singing, though I realize most people consider her some kind of rock goddess (could it be because she is beautiful?) But no way could I say either classic or dud, I'm afraid.

Mark, Tuesday, 17 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

->> Erm, I love Neil Hagerty's guitar wankery, precisely on songs like "Blue is the frequency". He is a remarkable wanker.

RTX will never be classic, but it certainly isn't dud. It's one of these cult footnotes in rockunroll history. Certainly not compulsory listening, but definitely worth investigating if hard drugs, dirty hair and space boogie usually interest you. Although I have "TI", "C&D" and weird live stuff, I confess I seldom listen to them. I mostly play their recent stuff, with "Thank You" remaining their highlight. Along with the now much-scorned "Give out but don't give up" by the Scream Team 94, "Thank You" is one of my alltime fave pastiche records, a proper pop record by a duo of brilliant songwriters who rarely before had released songs as straightforward. I think it's a good thing when a band reknowned for its "difficult listening material" comes out with a set of proper tunes with hooks and a high level of "hummability". The opening cut, "A Night To Remember", is in my mind comparable to such songs as the Stones' "Rocks Off!", the aforementioned Scream's "Jailbird" and "Rocks", Suede's "Metal Mickey" or Bowie's "Watch that Man". You know, songs you play before going out (a category of songs I love, I'll post a thread about that). And that's how I like my RTX: fast rockunroll with a blond cat on a hot tin roof's raspy growl telling me I'm gonna lose.

And if your girlfriend finds your Scruffy Jenny obsession suspicious and/or maddening, then she is not a woman for you, mate.

Mr Herrema, Tuesday, 17 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I like them, but still have yet to get everything in my usual compulsive way. That's probably because right now I'm more interested in buying up every last No-Man related release, for instance.

My favorite moment of theirs is from that video of theirs where Jennifer acts sexy and semi-flashes the audience. It made no sense at all, it was the visual equivalent of "Pick 'em and Flick 'em" by the Melvins. *BOUM...BOUMMMMMMM...wheedlewheedlewheedle* Er, anyway.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 18 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Best rock band ever. But I've said that in almost every thread on ILM ;) 'Twin Infinitives', 'Royal Trux', 'Cats & Dogs' and 'Accelerator' are bona fide classics. And everyone probably loved Accelerator because 'Liar' has the greatest riff ever. Needless to say a typical love em or hate em band (never sing in sync, Neil plays too many notes, Jennifer is the strangest sex symbol in pop history, erratic live shows). So Supa CLASSIC!

Omar, Wednesday, 18 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I think they are just slightly worse than a Yo-La Tengo live performance (ie the Garage 1998) so pretty noisy and tuneless.

james edmund L, Wednesday, 18 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

God, that was short Omar ;). I was expecting an essay when I saw this thread. Classic anyway, although I only have "Thank You" which is fantastic. Great, great, guitar sound. Anyone heard Haggerty's solo album?

Dr. C, Thursday, 19 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Hahaha...well if you could collect all the words I've written on Royal Trux on ILM you would get that essay ;) I can't be arsed to climb on a soapbox anymore and start praising a band that obviously is not to everyone's taste. The negative outcome of this c-o-d comes as no surprise since I've only met 3 people in my life who love Royal Trux, 2 who worked at the same record-shop I'm a regular customer of (and not counting the ones who where at the blinding gig they once played in Amsterdam, probably all critics ;)

Omar, Thursday, 19 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
I remember when I just didnt get Royal Trux. They were so way out and Jennifer usually just stood there and smoked and didnt say/sing a word while Neil shot his wad on guitar. It seemed all made up at the moment and straight out of a bong to boot. It was 1993 when I got to see them three nights in a row in Chicago at Lounge Ax for a Drag City festival. They played the same 'list' every night but in TOTALLY different ways. They were deconstructing their own music and songs with little to no effort. The songs remaned the same but the forms were totally different, as if there was a subconscience map they were following. It totally blew my mind. They were HUGE! The totally burned. They were Blue Cheer. It was amazing. I have seen them in the last few years and they seem to have locked into a loud boogie blues rock thing that seems pretty simular from night to night. Maybe the drugs DID keep them open ended and hungry.

Mark, Sunday, 30 September 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Official RTX lore says they were not on drugs in '93. More recent relatively-straight boogie rock phase was, I reckon, to do with the rhythm section who played on the final few tours and the 'Pound For Pound' LP. But Jen and Neil were still doing crazy shit!

joel, Monday, 1 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
Yeah, I have recently seen Neil play with his solo band and he is defiantly back to the open-ended crazy shit. Two drummers, both almost totally unaware of each other.. And a stand up bass that never really cut through the mess (and by mess I mean 'good, crazy, wicked mess). It took effort to see his genius during the live show that is more evident on the LPs. Check out the Drag City Super Sessions LP where Neil takes the helm over his songs, Smog’s' and Edith Frost's. His vision shines bright over all the songs and the LP is arguably HIS recor

Mark, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...
Total Classic, or Total Dud, sometimes in the same song.
Their last three (real, not Hand of Glory) albums were some of the best rock albs of the 90s. Unless Pound For Pound was 2000, which I think it might have been. Come ON, "Sunshine & Grease", "Dr. Gone" fucking awesome and anyone who doesn't think so should be tied to a pillar of salt in Caribou Country.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Thursday, 23 January 2003 16:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Totally agree. The last three albums are a trilogy on the theme of Great Rock Music. Jennifer channeling Bob Dylan on Coming Out Party is a beautiful thing. But destroy beyond recognition Twin Infinitives and "harmelodics". Has anyone heard Weird War, what's that like?

Paula G., Thursday, 23 January 2003 16:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Weird War is far more Svenonius (sp?) than Hagerty (sp? jeez, I'm dopey today). It's cheap thrills, a touch more exciting than Ian's David Candy alb.
For Neil's post-RT work, I like his two (or three if you count the Sabbath cover) Drag City Supersession songs best. There's some good stuff on both his solo albs, but I think one of the big things with him is who he's playing with brings out different things in him.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Thursday, 23 January 2003 17:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

hah, dq to thread!!

geeta, Thursday, 23 January 2003 17:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

hand of glory is not a real album?

zemko (bob), Thursday, 23 January 2003 20:16 (fifteen years ago) Permalink's album *length* anyway. But it's only two "songs" that seem to be just a lot of unfinished meanderings spliced together. I think it's stuff recorded over a lot of years in the late 1980s, in other words not made as *an album* but patched together as something for them to sell post-breakup. Maybe its better than I make it out, I only heard someone else's copy of it. But it sounded like more Twin Infinitives crap.

Paula G., Thursday, 23 January 2003 20:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I like the SONG stuff.
The OTHER stuff, I can get into sometimes, but when they're doing rock songs, that's my favourite.
Hand of Glory is just OTHER stuff. No songs. Just stuff. Either you're into it or you aren't. Unless you're really not into, then you'll hate it.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Thursday, 23 January 2003 20:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i have thankyou, and might i say that it sucks the shit out of a horses ass.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Friday, 24 January 2003 00:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Horace: the first Royal Trux album (self-titled, not the one with the skulls) is a flawless *synthesis* of "song" and "stuff". Check it out sometime.

harman, Friday, 24 January 2003 01:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

classic except for "hand of glory". everything else owns, and as it happens, the ones i liked least when they came out ("sweet 16" and "veterans") are now my favorites.

mosurock (mosurock), Friday, 24 January 2003 07:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

'Veterans of Disorder' is one of the greatest albums ever made, like if Primal Scream (or any other UK band) were 'about' music-qua-music

dave q, Friday, 24 January 2003 10:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Didn't Primal Scream dedicate an alb to the Trux?

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Friday, 24 January 2003 14:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
I've heard a couple of things from 'veterans..' and 'accelerator...' and as nice as the riffs are, or as wasted as the singing sounds it kind of felt to me that I wouldn't really get into a full record of it. That feeling was enough to put me off until I got round to buying 'twin infinitives' last week after that royal trux vs afghan whigs thread.

I like it lots => pretty! Bunch of skeletal fragments put together to make into an incredibly coherent mess of a record.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 19:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I've seen a lot of slagging of that album lately. I love Twin Infinitives.

Tim Ellison, Tuesday, 25 May 2004 20:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


If you arent feeling a certain album of theirs, there will be a point in your life when you will.

I think they are the only band who's catalog I've completly sold off...only to buy it back later.


ddb, Tuesday, 25 May 2004 20:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've been listening to the self titled recently. It's great!

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 20:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

duh. Greatest rock and roll band of all time. No contest.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 20:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i really don't like royal trux. thankyou is the only one i have. i only listened to it once, and realised that i would never ever enjoy it, no matter how hard i tried. i like the ballad "stevie" which is off accelerator, i think, but i'm still saying dud. i've always meant to pick up a copy of "twin infinitives" though, out of curiosity more than anything.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 20:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

If ever there was a group who ran 180-degrees against the prevailing ILM aesthetics (you know, Anglophilia; the people who accuse others of being "rockist" ... ), then RTX were/are it.

Did RTX create much of an impact in Britain? I really have no idea. It seems to me that most of their references and signifiers, not to mention their evocations, would be lost on a British audience. Or if RTX did in fact make an impression in the UK, I have a strong feeling that they were received and understood as far more exotic and inscrutable (or pretentious, if you like) than they actually were.

Anyway, at this stage I'm more convinced than ever that RTX were among the greatest bands in rock & roll history, and are gradually being recognized as such.

kjoerup, Wednesday, 26 May 2004 00:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

See the thing is its that rock n'roll-ness of the band that put me off. Twin Infinitives is more artful.

More art, less rock thx!

When 'accelerator' came out I remember a 'wow they are back!'-type reaction from the press at the time, people seemed to be glad.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 26 May 2004 08:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

simon reynolds loved royal trux. he wrote about them in the melody maker at least once.

a, Wednesday, 26 May 2004 10:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

accelerator and veterand of disorder totally blew my mind when they came out. it was mad, unpredictable rock and roll at its best. and i still love those records (much more than thank you, btw, which is only ok to me). but accelerator... oh my...

joan vich (joan vich), Wednesday, 26 May 2004 14:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

are their reference points really that inscrutable to UK audiences? The Stones seem to loom the largest in RTX's universe.

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 26 May 2004 18:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Royal Trux played the worst show I ever saw. We saw them out at the back of The Garage afterwards and my friend Ben shouted at them for it.

Thank You is terrible, though.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Wednesday, 26 May 2004 18:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i got twin infinitives tonight because of this thread. cheap & used & FUCKING AWESOME. it's gonna take me weeks to make sense of this album.

Ian Johnson (orion), Thursday, 27 May 2004 06:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

it's a classic, but Thank You is the masterpiece.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Thursday, 27 May 2004 14:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


Mr Mime (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 27 May 2004 14:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

NO ACTUALLY IT'S "SINGLES, LIVE, UNRELEASED". That record just beats everything ever in the right mood.

Mr Mime (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 27 May 2004 14:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I only have Thank You, but for faux-Stones with the weirdness cranked up a few notches there is none better. (I'll get the rest eventually when I find them at less extortionate prices!) I love that they could freely talk about harmolodics, and star in their own comic book.

Hayden Nicholls (Pop the Weasel), Thursday, 27 May 2004 15:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
I've purchased Pound for Pound, Veterans of Disorder, and Thank You within the past couple of weeks and now Royal Trux is the only music I want to listen to. What should I do?

n/a (Nick A.), Tuesday, 26 October 2004 14:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Accelerator, my friend.

Huk-L, Tuesday, 26 October 2004 14:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Accelerator is one of the best.

steve hise, Tuesday, 26 October 2004 16:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ian John50n (orion), Tuesday, 26 October 2004 16:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

they are good aren't they nick?!?!

amateur!!st, Tuesday, 26 October 2004 16:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Is Royal Trux noize?

Huk-L, Tuesday, 26 October 2004 16:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

if not, i don't know what noize is

(ok, wolf eyes or some shit, but then who cares?)

amateur!!st, Tuesday, 26 October 2004 16:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Also, Neil Michael Hagerty & the Howling Hex double album (I haven't heard any of the ltd ed records, pity me!) kicks ass and is the best of his three wide-release (har har) post RTX albs. Though lately, I've been getting into the first one again. "Creature Catcher" is wonderful.

Huk-L, Tuesday, 26 October 2004 16:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

or not. duh.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Thursday, 6 April 2017 20:13 (one year ago) Permalink

don't get my hopes up like that

Οὖτις, Thursday, 6 April 2017 20:17 (one year ago) Permalink

my bad.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Thursday, 6 April 2017 20:26 (one year ago) Permalink

GTFOH with that 20 year old "new vid" revive...

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 7 April 2017 05:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 19:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Then someone in the comments posts a link to the drone-jam 2nd part of "Half A Canyon", to which Jen replies:

"Their Royal Trux homage to Spike Cyclone at @ 2:22-2:45 is the best part" which is OTM!

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 19:47 (one year ago) Permalink

New vid:

Mike Dixn, Thursday, 13 April 2017 12:23 (one year ago) Permalink

wow this album's gonna be weird

Wimmels, Thursday, 13 April 2017 13:38 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Awwww I didn't know Kid Millions was playing drums for 'em! I was already crushed to find out I'd missed them in Detroit, this makes it like 100x worse

the rockists' red glare (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 29 May 2017 16:51 (one year ago) Permalink

live album is streaming on npr:

na (NA), Thursday, 8 June 2017 16:38 (one year ago) Permalink

I haven't listened yet but is that the most platonically perfect RT album title ever??

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 8 June 2017 17:57 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Anyone else considering flying out to SF:

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 1 November 2017 13:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

seeing them tonight at the Chapel

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 16:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Great show! Rhythm section was killing it, played a lot of my faves incl opening w The Spectre. Platinum Tips, I'm Ready, Hot and Cold Skulls, Juicy Juicy Juice, Waterpark, Banana Question (the highlight imo).

Οὖτις, Thursday, 2 November 2017 15:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Lights of the Levee too

My wife thought they got "kinda free jazz". Def wild and wooly.

Οὖτις, Thursday, 2 November 2017 15:07 (eleven months ago) Permalink

wo jealous

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 2 November 2017 15:17 (eleven months ago) Permalink

sounds awesome, great news, hope they continue working together

sleeve, Thursday, 2 November 2017 15:28 (eleven months ago) Permalink

who was the rhythm section? when i saw them last year it was hagerty's drummer and herrema's guitarist but i see a reference to kid millions upthread

na (NA), Thursday, 2 November 2017 15:41 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I'm not sure who the bassist was but yeah I think the drummer was Kid Millions and he was in full-on Keith Moon mode the whole time, it was great. Hagerty fiddled with his pedals a lot and occasionally his guitar got lost in a haze of mud but that would be my only complaint sound-wise. Herrema had a little synth and a couple pedals and random things, I think she was also triggering samples or something because there were multiple points throughout the set where I couldn't tell where certain non-bass/guitar/drum sounds were coming from.

Trying to remember what else they did, there were a couple songs I didn't recognize. Something called "Sunsine" too, I think? I laughed when Hagerty said "this next one is from our last studio album" and then went into "Platinum Tips"

Οὖτις, Thursday, 2 November 2017 15:53 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 2 November 2017 16:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink


Οὖτις, Thursday, 2 November 2017 16:59 (eleven months ago) Permalink

It was really good. Turn out was weak. Busy season in the Bay and Halloween hangover I guess. Kid Millions is really such a good fit.

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Thursday, 2 November 2017 18:19 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I was in the balcony, looked like a pretty full house from up there...? Def a bigger crowd than when I saw Howling Hex at the Hemlock years back lol.

Οὖτις, Thursday, 2 November 2017 18:21 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Right on!!

brimstead, Thursday, 2 November 2017 18:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Okay, big news:

American rock & roll band Royal Trux (Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty) have signed with Mississippi label Fat Possum Records which will re-release the entire digital catalog from the duo’s 1988 self titled debut up to 2000’s pre-hiatus gem Pound for Pound.

You can pre-save the bands catalog on Spotify by clicking here. Expect the first slate of re-releases from Fat Possum on all streaming sites in March 2018.

Herrema and Hagerty have also confirmed plans to enter the studio this Summer to record a new album for Fat Possum. The band have performed spontaneous secret shows across the USA and Europe since picking back up where they left off in 2015. But 2018 will prove to be their busiest year with strategic headlining shows across the US and festival dates across Europe going in to 2019.

Strategic, you see.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 5 February 2018 16:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

if there's one word you'd associate with royal trux it'd def be 'strategic'

i gotta be a gazpacho man (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 5 February 2018 16:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

Is this due to digital intransigence on the part of Drag City or something?

How does boy sound like? (Old Lunch), Monday, 5 February 2018 16:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

xpost Man, you just conjured a vivid image of Neil & Jen interviews where they engage in hardcore corporatespeak about branding and synergy and it's killing me.

How does boy sound like? (Old Lunch), Monday, 5 February 2018 16:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

Weirdly enough ever since that article a few weeks ago talking about how they invested their 90s major label money in real estate and say they've still earned money off their back catalog all this time, yes, I would associate 'strategic' with them now!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 5 February 2018 17:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

Basically they just seemed like utter wastrel burnouts from the outside but they have it more together than we'd realized.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 5 February 2018 17:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

And related to that:

Is this due to digital intransigence on the part of Drag City or something?

Unlikely -- they've been putting up a lot of material last I checked -- but again, I could just as easily see them negotiating a better deal in general.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 5 February 2018 17:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

i wonder if drag city had to approve the digital distribution of the back catalog aspect?

na (NA), Monday, 5 February 2018 17:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

This is overall great news, though it's slightly disappointing that "Sweet Sixteen" is not one of the albums being reissued.

Cannonley Adderall (InternationalWaters), Monday, 5 February 2018 20:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

Wait, whaaaat? That's stupid. I mean, I understand that it's probably logistically more difficult, but still stupid. Especially considering that Sweet Sixteen is the album is the one I'd most like to own in a form that had no packaging.

How does boy sound like? (Old Lunch), Monday, 5 February 2018 20:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

I always figured that people's problems with the cover art were due to the smallness of the cd format. I'll need to see it blown up to 12"x12" to really appreciate it.

Cannonley Adderall (InternationalWaters), Monday, 5 February 2018 20:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

We need a special edition package which features a note-perfect three-dimensional sculpture of the cover art which you have to reach into in order to retrieve the fetid, dripping disc.

How does boy sound like? (Old Lunch), Monday, 5 February 2018 20:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

Trux of the past is not Trux of the now- which in similar yet completely different terms- Trux of the past IS Trux of the now.


They have no affinity for any one label. They're master negotiators and they're gonna either A: Swindle some big bux or B: Do whatever gives them the exact freedoms they desire. I wonder how much they kept of their old studio. I wonder how much of the new record will be completely new material or old stuff they never got to? Brian seems to be turning Neil on to the crazed Midi guitar shit he's been doing in Black Bananas. Also is it true Jen is bfgf with Kurt Midness? If Midness is in the mix too like, this could be some huge crash of Black Bananas + Royal Trux. This could be yuge or a big trainwreck. Here's to hoping they stick this out.

Trux died 15 years ago (iirc) when Jen's father passed away and she nosedived back into drugs. Neil couldn't take it. It was a premature death solely due to some lifeshit happening. Not even band related. They were meant to stay together. No disrespect to what they accomplished on their own. Hex is a pet project of absurdities and hidden genius. Bananas is sick af and should have been the biggest band of the 80s. I guess since Pound For Pound was mostly a retread of used ideas it's probably best how things went. Now they can come back with new inspirations and less fux to give.


edges, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 15:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Email just now -- the last paragraph is of particular interest:

Royal Trux (Neil Hagerty/Jennifer Herrema) are making their entire cumulative catalog (40 lps including Royal Trux, NMH, RTX, Howling Hex, and Black Bananas) available via their new home at Fat Possum. The releases will be made available to the public via streaming for the first time and the scheduled roll out has the first 3 chosen albums arriving on all streaming outlets including Spotify, TIDAL, Amazon, Google Play and Deezer this Friday, March 9th.

1993's Cats and Dogs, 1998’s Accelerator and 1999’s Veterans of Disorder

are the first 3 albums the duo have chosen to roll out. Since picking up where they left off, Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty have gone back to work on their first studio LP in nearly 18 years. The band will self-produce, but will include an impressive roster of unexpected co-producers and collaborators on the new record's rumored 15 new tracks.

Stay tuned for the announcement coming via Instagram launching Royal Trux TV which will unleash a vault of previously unseen films, videos and live footage as well as the band's long out-of-print scripted films What Is Royal Trux? and Live At Gettysburg along with newly created content for the forthcoming new record created by Herrema and Hagerty.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:24 (seven months ago) Permalink

oh nice, i don't really know the nmh/howling hex stuff that well so it'll be nice to be able to browse it

na (NA), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 20:16 (seven months ago) Permalink

search the 1st one under the name "NMH & The Howling HEx", with the killer live version of "Rockslide"

sleeve, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 20:19 (seven months ago) Permalink

i still maintain that "transmaniacon" by rtx is an unheralded classic

na (NA), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 20:21 (seven months ago) Permalink

40 LPs???

brimstead, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 20:45 (seven months ago) Permalink

I was wondering that myself

sleeve, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 20:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

Given all the sideprojects? Sure.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 21:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

lol I already counted and only got 29 - maybe if they are including singles, or there are live recordings or something

sleeve, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 21:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

yeah thinking about it, neil's been pretty prolific post-trux

brimstead, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 21:51 (seven months ago) Permalink

oh I forgot the albums under just the HH name, yeah looks about right!

sleeve, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 22:10 (seven months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

ran into my 1st guitar teacher

— Neil Hagerty (@TheHowlingHex) June 18, 2018

Mike Dixn, Monday, 18 June 2018 23:54 (four months ago) Permalink

Saw that last nite... I checked his feed at a good time ;)

Royal Trux (Neil Hagerty/Jennifer Herrema) are making their entire cumulative catalog (40 lps including Royal Trux, NMH, RTX, Howling Hex, and Black Bananas) available via their new home at Fat Possum. The releases will be made available to the public via streaming for the first time and the scheduled roll out has the first 3 chosen albums arriving on all streaming outlets including Spotify, TIDAL, Amazon, Google Play and Deezer this Friday, March 9th.

Wow - I missed the fact that all the NMH/Hex stuff is also coming to Fat Possum / digital.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:19 (four months ago) Permalink

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