You're probably wondering why this Soundcheque Mondays post is going up on Tuesday... don't sweat it and we'll leave it at that haha (oh! I did post something good yesterday though, read it here.)
The 90s are a pretty big blur for me - my teenage memories have really all melded into one (I usually start any story from 1992-2000 by saying "When I was 15..."), mostly due to the monotony of my upper middle class high school - and I'm guessing Royal Trux have the same problem, but replaced with heroine and record releases!
singles, live, unreleased
I love Royal Trux. Founding members Jennifer Herrema (vocals) and Neil Hagerty (guitar, vocals, tapes, and synthesizers) are amazing. This 3-LP, 2-CD collection, Singles, Live, Unreleased is a distorted, blissed-out collection of some amazing music that spans their career, and it is essential! It is almost like air. In high school band class, the teacher should just give the students a copy of this album and say, “Somebody made this. Try and see if you can even come close to making something remotely like this, and then contemplate killing your parents.” The attitude that pores out of both Jennifer and Neil through out every single song is something that is both dangerous, and very real. You feel like you would be scared of these people if you met them in real life, but in the coolest possible way. They sound like how switchblades look.
—Justin Gradin, Color 9.6
See you next week!
What is Soundcheque Mondays anyway? Every week, I'll be posting a music review direct from the pages of Color that deserves another go-around, plus a video from the band so you get to hear the actual music that goes along with it. Win/Win!