Royal Trux “Thank You” Reissued

 

In which we find the
torrid twosome circling the toiletbowl of the major labels, and in fine style.
On hand, too: producer David Briggs. LP/CD arrives Nov. 23.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

This
fall, approximately 15 years after the original release, Plain Recordings is
reissuing Royal Trux’s landmark album, Thank You. While, on the one
hand, the album epitomizes a distinct moment in American rock-when major labels
were scurrying to sign the still-independent, beloved “alternative” bands in
the wake of Nirvana’s success-Thank You also sounds startlingly relevant
in 2010. In fact, the band’s embrace of raw 1970s blues rock has proven
visionary, as a similar sensibility has been adopted by a number of today’s
most successful indie rock artists. The recording will be available on 180-gram
vinyl and CD in stores nationwide, replete with new liner notes by the esteemed
music writer Andy Beta.  

Many fans of Royal Trux, and critics including The Los Angeles Times consider
Thank You the band’s best album. To be sure, it is one of their most
accessible: While earlier releases trafficked in music The New York Times has
called “almost impenetrably weird,” Thank You appealed to fans of more
traditional, classic rock. Reigning in the some of the chaos of their previous
work while retaining its essential grittiness, the group’s principal members,
Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema, elicited the help of longtime Neil Young producer
David Briggs for their first major label release. Although they sought out a
producer at Virgin’s urging, they found someone they had long admired, not only
for his work with Young, but for albums such as Spirit’s Twelve Dreams of
Dr. Sardonicus
and Alice Cooper’s Easy Action.

Briggs brought in a handful of other musicians to construct a bona fide rock
band. In addition to Hagerty (guitar, synthesizer, vocals) and Herrema
(vocals), Thank You includes contributions from Robbie Armstrong
(percussion), Dan Brown (bass), Chris Pyle (drums) and Greg Archilla
 (engineering). They recorded the album at Joe Walsh’s Keva Studios in Memphis, where Briggs set
up a stage with lights so the recording would capture the energy of Royal
Trux’s legendary live shows.

 

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