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Veterans of Disorder
     

Veterans of Disorder

by Royal Trux
 

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When the alt-rock wars are over, Royal Trux will be remembered as the indie-rock gods who perfected a style all their own, one that can only be described accurately as scumbag-chic. Since first showing their shaggy heads in the early '90s, the Trux have spent their entire, gutter-dwelling career trying to make the Rolling Stones of See more details below

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When the alt-rock wars are over, Royal Trux will be remembered as the indie-rock gods who perfected a style all their own, one that can only be described accurately as scumbag-chic. Since first showing their shaggy heads in the early '90s, the Trux have spent their entire, gutter-dwelling career trying to make the Rolling Stones of EXILE ON MAIN STREEET look like Kathie Lee Gifford on an especially successful hair day. And they've often done it, making music only an alcoholic mother with a two-pack habit and a "Jesse Ventura for Prez" tattoo on her arm could love. This mess was best heard on 1993's CATS AND DOGS, on which mainstays Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema turned transcendentally folked-up heroin rock into an elixir sweeter than Kool-Aid for a nation of college radio geeks, and it's rarely sounded as good as on their new VETERANS OF DISORDER. From the hot, rocking opening cut "Waterpark," which seems to have taken inspiration from those Cali-punk cuties the Donnas, to downright slinky ass-shakers like "The Exception" and "Lunch Money," the Trux have rarely seemed so in love with their own seamy, sexy vibe. Although Herrema's voice still sounds like she just swallowed a hairball and the tunes are hardly tight, the band is smart enough to emphasize grooves over grit and to save its more listener-hating impulses for the shit collage "Sickazz Dog." The Royal Trux's indie-smut satisfies again and again. Redemptive.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
With 1998's excellent Accelerator, Royal Trux completed their rock history trilogy and returned to Drag City. On Veterans of Disorder -- the title of which attests to the band's mix of classic rock and noisy experimentation, and to their status as survivors of their own chaotic excesses -- the Trux move forward and look back at the same time. Splitting the difference between their increasingly focused yet subversive rock and their early, sludgy experimentalism, Veterans of Disorder begins with seven (relatively) radio-friendly versions of the Trux aesthetic. "Waterpark" is an almost-straightforward raw charge led by Neil Hagerty's driving guitars and Jennifer Herrema's sultry, snarling vocals; the sexy "Second Skin" follows suit, and the duo shares vocal duties on "The Exception" and "Yo Se!"'s the Glimmer Twins-style funk. Latin percussion adds a twist to "Lunch Money," while "Witch's Tit" and "Stop" show off Royal Trux's softer side. None of these songs last longer than three and a half minutes, but the group crams as many big guitars and weird ideas as they can into these "singles." The album's second half returns to Twin Infinitives-era noise jams for inspiration, especially on the shambolic "Sickazz Dog." Herrema's wonderfully sneery vocals on "Coming Out Party" serve sharp-tongued lyrics like "He's going to be a playboy in his mind/He's trying to pretend he's making friends," while "Blue Is the Frequency" mixes jazz, cock rock, and a bit of slide guitar into a nearly nine-minute workout. Though the album sounds cleaner and more focused than anything Royal Trux released on Virgin, it's the duo's closest tie to their trashy underground roots. One of their most accomplished works, Veterans of Disorder could only be made by artists as creatively and financially independent as Royal Trux.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/1999
Label:
Drag City
UPC:
0036172916825
catalogNumber:
168
Rank:
155323

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Performance Credits

Royal Trux   Primary Artist,Conductor
Neil Michael Hagerty   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Violin,Keyboards,Ocarina,Vocals,Human Whistle,bass pedals
Jennifer Herrema   Organ,Vocals
David Pajo   Bass
Ken Nasta   Drums,Tambourine,Timbales,Tom-Tom,Vocals,Shaker,cowbell
Pete Denton   Drums,cowbell
Chris Pyle   Conga,Cymbals,Timbales,Tom-Tom,Wood Flute,Djembe,cowbell,Blocks,Cabasa
Jon Theodore   Drums

Technical Credits

Royal Trux   Arranger
Debbie Pastor   Video Stills

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