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Album Review

Royal Trux celebrated their freedom from Virgin and return to Drag City by releasing Singles, Live, Unreleased, a sprawling 32-song set filled with rarities and obscurities. Sure, it seems like this falls into the "fans-only" category, but this mess has a certain charm. Also, in its own way, it captures what Royal Trux is all about, containing equal amounts of pretension, noise, blues-rock, attitude, and menace. Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema were the perfect fusion of the Rolling Stones and Sonic Youth, a concept that didn't always yield listenable or great results — how could it? — but when it worked, it was among the greatest indie rock of their era. And while this is by definition arcane music, it also frequently captures the group at their best and, even better, captures the group the way they really are.

Biography

Formed: 1988 in New York City, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the definitive underground rock acts of the '90s and early 2000s, Royal Trux pioneered an effortless -- yet unpredictable -- mix of punk, noise, metal, jazz, Southern rock and more on albums that spanned the abrasive experiments of 1990's Twin Infinitives to the subversive boogie rock of 2000's Pound for Pound. Charismatic vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Herrema and inventive guitarist Neil Hagerty met in the Washington, DC area while they were still teenagers and formed Royal Trux...
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