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Truus’ musical career spans over the last three decades. Born in Eindhoven , The Netherlands, she debuted as a chanteuse just at the beginning of the Punk craze in 1976. Playing in a number of Dutch bands she released her first single in 1979 with a duet called Plus Instruments. Playing odd electronic instruments and vocals most of their performances were improvised. She teamed up Michel Waiszvich the inventor of the Crackle Synthesizer in numerous performances. At the same time she was also the lead singer in the popular Dutch New Wave Band “Nasmak” (who released an album in 1980).

After hundreds of performances all through Europe Truus was looking for more challenges and in 1981 got on a plane to NYC never to call the Netherlands her home again. Armed with background tapes of percussion fabricated with anything from pots and pans to a tampax box and then amplified she reformed Plus Instruments with Lee Renaldo (now in Sonic Youth) on guitar and David Linton on Drums. Truus played Bass and sang Lead Vocals and they played along with these very crass sounding rhythm tracks. With this line-up they hit the New York club scene, released an Album and on to a European Tour. After returning to the US Truus again reformed the band with a number of musicians and was always very active on the club scene both in NY and Europe.

At the same time she worked on her solo career performing at the famed “Kitchen” in Soho, and playing with Rhys Chatham.

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