Royal Trux Are Definitively Back! The band’s first album of new songs in 19 Years is “White Stuff” (out 3/1), and the upcoming album not only maintains the magic chemistry between Jennifer Herrema (vocal, moog, guitar, melodica) and Neil Hagerty (vocal, guitar) but expands upon it greatly with their natural ability to give us something unexpected, necessary, and truly unique.
Their lengthy recording break has done nothing to diminish their visionary, visceral intensity and enduring influence. Royal Trux Continue to find innovation in their ‘Bitches Brew’ aesthetic which now defines the standard mash-up approach so commonly ascertained and claimed by the majority of musicians that whether cognizant or not have followed in Trux‘s very large footsteps: “everything in the pot whether you like it or not,” deriving from world music, punk rock, jazz, metal, electronic, southern, teeny-bop and all the rest. In the tradition of the blues, through appropriation and re-evaluation, Royal Trux changed the way we think of music. Their return is nothing short of glorious.
“It’s funny how the outside world perceives or feels compelled to parse complicated relationships and dynamics…Usually it’s an all or nothing game”, muses Herrema. “This next chapter is just another perfectly aligned bit of kismet. No concerted effort to force anything forward or to create something with an eye on the past. Only an awareness that the present had come calling with a gift to assist the future future of Royal Trux. The true believers that were once strangers found their way into our universe because everybody was ready for it and it simply, as if on cosmic cue, came to be.
“its ragged title-track, a barrage of garage-rock distortion, stomping drums, woozy slide-guitar and echoing tandem vocals. Throughout the swaggering cut, Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty celebrate the insanity of touring life, of ‘hanging out and playing all across the land’.”—Rolling Stone
“back up to their old tricks: lots of slithering electric guitar, forceful drums and distorted vocals. ‘White Stuff’ is halfway-punk, with Herrema and Hagerty rocking hard, but musing on some feel-good memories”—PASTE
“a satisfying bar-rock choogle that doubles as the album opener.”—Stereogum
“a gritty party track like rock ‘n roll of ol’”—Consequence Of Sound
“a potent elixir, a moonshine-strong return that contains their illicit chemistry.”—Clash Magazine