‘Hero Zero’ by The Royal Trux was the first ever release for Drag City records over twenty five years ago. Pioneering in their day for their use of moog synthesizer in punk music, broken song structures and a unique, almost deliberately ugly vocal style that is echoed in the work of artists such as Kim Gordon, Royal Trux were the original anti-music noise punks.
Vinyl 7" £11.99 DC1
Ltd reissue 7" on Drag City in tip-on sleeve.
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- Hero Zero by Royal Trux
Rewind to 1989, one year after Royal Trux debuted with their self titled LP on Royal Records and the first ever release on Drag City was unleashed. Neil Hagerty (who would later go on to become The Howling Hex) was finished with Pussy Galore and joined by Jennifer Herrema (now doing Black Bananas) to have a career that went from wild Rolling Stones inspired trashy discordant garage rock to having some mild success with the mainstream during the grunge period where labels were falling over themselves to sign up US alternative/ indie rock bands. The years with Virgin’s Hut label would prove to be fruitful for these loveable rogue’s but I’ve a very soft spot for the early years, particularly Twin Infinitives but really all their records up to the last two were great.
If you’re unfamiliar with early Trux then I guess this reissue 7” is an alright place to start although possibly a bit pricey for a “sampler” so maybe one for the hardcore fans to pick up a nice clean copy. Jennifer’s delivery is pure rock ‘n’ roll attitude personified and Hagerty’s scratchy guitar sounds like it’s being played underwater as they shamble through ‘Hero Zero’ which sounds like it could all collapse at any given moment.
‘Love Is..’ is pure deranged lo-fi smacked out weirdness sounding all wibbly like the record has warped or the master tape was dragging. A ballsy first release for Drag City who clearly knew that these guys had something pretty special. 25 years down the line and still nobody sounds quite like them. Repressed on gold vinyl in a tip-on sleeve.
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