Royal Trux | 22/04/13

Image: Three Song EP

Following the loud and fevered reaction to Accelerator in April 1998, Royal Trux decided to release an EP to coincide with their hotly-anticipated European tour.  Swiftly, three songs came together and 3-Song EP was born. Having re-issued Accelerator at the tail end of 2012, it seems only right to do the same with 3-Song EP and it will be released through Domino on June 17th 2013.

Originally released in August 1998, 3-Song EP was required to quench the fans’ thirst. The combination of wack-ass knob twisting and crowd-pleasing singalongs that featured on Accelerator reflected some absurdly inverted sense of What People Wanted. Having assembled a band made up of artists on their American label Drag City, several domestic shows were scheduled, and the players arrived at Royal Trux’s rural Virginia ranch ready to rehearse, only to be told that a recording session was the first order of business.

In short order, the three songs were recorded, along with a fourth, a cover of Dire Straits’ ‘Money For Nothing’ which was set aside to be used as a b-side for a planned UK single release.

The songs were a funky bunch — ‘Deafer Than Blind’ was a sweet ‘n’ sour ballad built off a drum loop, ‘Run, Shaker Life’ was a Richie Havens cover with spiritual overtones and later became a favourite live opener. ‘The United States vs One 1974 Cadillac El Dorodo Sedan’ was a proggy group jam that featured an extensive libretto and comprised one of the longest Royal Trux song yet. The static-crisp high end of Accelerator was abandoned in favour of a smeared, bottom-heavy sound, showcasing the thunder in the stomping rhythm section and a darker tone in Neil Hagerty’s bent-neck histrionics. This was something that one might almost regard as straight-up rock in Royal Trux terms, and Neil and Jennifer Herrema harmonized in their own unique way throughout the record.

After a successful European tour, Royal Trux motored ahead with increasing speed, spending their last couple years making two more INSANE rock records and another totally OUT EP, in addition to playing lots of dates as well.

3-Song EP will be released on Domino on June 17th 2013 on CD (RUG76CD) and 12” (RUG76T) and can be pre-ordered HERE.

3 Song EP Tracklist:

  1. Deafer Than Blind
  2. The United States vs One 1974 Cadillac El Dorado Sedan
  3. Run, Shaker Life