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back in stock as of
january 30th, 2012
first in stock on
january 16th, 2009
|drag city (usa) #dc 005 lp|
royal trux “royal trux” long playing record
- bad blood (2:51)
- incineration (2:16)
- strawberry soda (2:42)
- hashish (2:06)
- sanction smith (1:42)
- zero dok (2:38)
- touch (2:34)
- bits and spurs (5:02)
- esso dame (2:26)
- sice i bones (3:23)
- gold dust (1:39)
- jesse james (3:52)
- andersonville (5:53)
- the set up (2:20)
- walking machine (3:00)
- hawk'n around (3:14)
|january 2009 release ; new, drag city vinyl issue of the band’s 1988 self-released lp (orig: royal records) ...|
while not as immediately capital-z zonked as “twin infinitives” ; this shows the pair in their embryonic stages, before the amniotic fluid(s) were spiked ...
|drag city press release...|
started as a rumor, or more likely a threat, royal trux burst from the belly of nyc-cum-dc scum punks pussy galore in 1986. disinclined to follow the path of their host group, royal trux began the process of exploring their own identity, starting with recordings given to the end of music as we know it compilation.
|neil: musically, these records were meant to claim a little beach real estate for our own selves.|
jennifer: shake the hot shit off and take the new shoes back to country.
setting up shop in new york, royal trux were open to anything that came to and came through them, calling it all “music.”
|neil: we thought we’d start as out as possible and then drift in. we just ripped off whatever scraps of music (ie., glam, burial dub, rockabilly, juju music) that were just on the edge of obscurity then, along with some things that were obviously stylish at the time the records were made.|
jennifer: we had wide arms and a wide reach...totally inclusive out the gate...(thanks everybody and everything).
standing on the same ground that had birthed all the great new york bands, royal trux took what they needed from all of them. the results were not like what would one day be called the strokes, thank god.
|neil: we wanted, of course, to not be a pop band but also to not be taken too seriously as artistes. so the records are built off of scraps thusly rearranged and cheapened to give us a little niche to work in and make some money. which we did.|
jennifer: we def stayed out of the corners and off the ropes...we held to center ring; there wasn’t shit to lean on but we stood strong and the dollar came long...a righteous return.
to complete their identity, they needed a discography. work began on a debut album.
|neil: we rehearsed and recorded the same set of songs for two years in new york city with the other original core members, anil melnick and michael early. we recorded all the songs at least 3 times with totally different arrangements, sometimes i would sing lead, sometimes [jennifer] would, different instrumentation, times and feels etc. we played live only a handful of times. then we cut the tape, taking the versions we thought would serve us best and that’s the record.|
jennifer: when we did play live i sometimes could only put the gear on our skateboard and roll it over to the club...just keeping it close to the street...perfect start for a career of evil.
the self-titled album was released on their own royal records label. a cult quickly sprang up around the band and their sporadic and wiggy live appearances. royal trux played it to the hilt, living the new york wild life for all it was worth. when they were done with that, they looked around for the next thing.
|neil: we actually recorded a 2nd lp in nyc but chucked it. as we were preparing to move to san francisco, almost all the extra tapes and outtakes were stolen out of our car over by that bar at astor place.|
jennifer: new york was good to royal trux...we took all of it in — totally; but it seemed only a matter of time before collections on a perceived debt would start to put the bite on...then our tunes got took — fuck that shit, let’s high tail it...we did that and that was that and that was radical.
leaving nothing behind — literally — royal trux moved on, to another town and another sound. as they departed from new york, royal trux had given birth to rock and roll — their own personal version of it. down the road lay twin infinitives and a number of other equally unfathomable occurrences.
first vinyl pressing since the original 1988 royal records lp issue. first time on drag city.