Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Royal Trux - Cats And Dogs

Year: 1993
Label: Drag City

This record has been described as "the missing link between the Stones' 'Exile On Main Street' and Sonic Youth's 'Daydream Nation'". That's pretty good. It's Royal Trux's 4th lp, and maybe their most polished, so a good place to start for the uninitiated. Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema were rocking the power duo long before it was de rigeur, and making lo-fi, drug addled, gutter rock that married the nihilistic NYC aesthetic of the Velvet Underground with the rave ups of Pussy Galore (of whom Hagerty was a former member). Not so much post punk, as it was pre retro. Make sense?
After Royal Trux, the duo split and turned up as The Howling Hex (Hagerty) and RTX (Herrema)

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