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Royal Trux

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(1987 – 2001)

Royal Trux was an American alternative rock band from 1987 to 2001, founded by Neil Hagerty (vocals, guitar) and Jennifer Herrema (vocals).

While still a teenager, Hagerty joined Washington DC garage punk band Pussy Galore, led by Jon Spencer, and subsequently relocated to New York. During his time in Pussy Galore, Hagerty convinced his bandmates to release a cassette-only remake of the entire Rolling Stones album Exile on Main Street. While he gained underground notoriety for his work with Pussy Galore, Hagerty reportedly viewed it as a job and intended to pursue his own artistic vision with his girlfriend, Jennifer Herrema, under the name Royal Trux.

Hagerty and Herrema released their first album, Royal Trux, in 1989. Then, after moving to San Francisco, Royal Trux released the experimental double-album Twin Infinitives.

After Twin Infinitives, Royal Trux released an untitled album (sometimes referred to as the Skulls record because of its sleeve artwork). Forgoing the experimentalism of Twin Infinitives, the band instead opted for a more lo-fi approach, recording on an 8-track. This albumn was left untitled. The arguably atypical lyricism and sonic atonality of their first album was largely abandoned in favor of a more stripped, direct sound.

Following the release of their untitled album, Hagerty and Herrema hired a guitarist and drummer in order to complete their fourth full-length, Cats and Dogs. The songwriting remained highly experimental, but was more melodic, which was revealed on tracks such as “The Flag,” “The Spectre,” and “Turn of the Century.”

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  • Nekrovoor

    Heard Accelerator today and felt really underwhelmed by it, is it their finest to be heard OR is there any other album worth a listen?

    7 Jul 1:20am Reply
  • EJSrocket

    Does anyone know if there's live recordings of Twin Infinitives stuff? The Ratcreeps version on the Singles,Live, & Rare album is very revealing of what they could sound like.

    17 Jun 7:48pm Reply
  • Azuk4

    Shredded version of Rock music

    28 Apr 7:32am Reply
  • TimaSliwinski

    new - http://www.last.fm/music/Royal+Trux/+images/97114445

    23 Feb 10:07pm Reply
  • rhayader18

    (Edge Of The) Ape Oven [2]

    6 Feb 1:59pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    (Edge Of The) Ape Oven

    21 Jan 11:02am Reply
  • ZSRR

    The self-titled album sounds like it's going to fall apart at any second and that's fucking great!

    2 Jan 12:23am Reply
  • PlzDontBan

    turns out Twin Infinitives is not the noisy mess I was led to believe..

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • austinsunday

    Daniel Blumberg, the former frontman of Yuck has shared a first listen of his next project, Hebronix. Unreal was produced by former Royal Trux half Neil Hagerty, who currently records as Howling Hex (and his influence is rather clear). Listen to his project's debut track here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Byu3cJPUmU

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ummanturkoglu

    coolest band

    2 Apr 2013 Reply
  • IAmDillin

    reminds me of Captain Beefheart

    27 Feb 2013 Reply
  • fluoxetine20mg

    their last two albums have perhaps the worst album covers ever

    25 Feb 2013 Reply
  • yugman

    this is the coolest thing i've heard in a while

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    There is only one Accelerator. Only since The Stooges has anyone created such a unique cacophonous album of guitar music.

    17 Jan 2013 Reply
  • gimgooe

    this is like a cartoon...

    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Gaffes

    Jet Pet.

    5 Sep 2012 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    "so "old"" -- band that formed in '87.

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
  • fkesserieusman

    fuck comebacks

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
  • gonzeaux

    You should try and be more wrong, just to see if it's possible [2] may be the best comeback I've ever heard

    30 Jun 2012 Reply
  • El_Grml

    Feels like this Band and all the Jennifer-related stuff is more image than music. Quite listenable, but there's a reason for this band being so "old" and still having just 500.000 scrobbles.

    25 Jun 2012 Reply
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