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Sweets from the sweet. The greatest from the greatest. Time is tight. Time is short. Let's
explore the loose, the titanic. Let's focus not on likes but on loves, those you don't merely
admire but feel in your bones, heart and soul. Let's focus not on those who've spent the last
few decades hinting at rock and roll, playing at it, conjecturing about it. Let's luxuriate in
those that have got on and done it, lived it, loved it, that give you that thrill without posture
and without pastiche, that give you the dangerous yes/no hit of rock n roll at maximal dose,
those who magic those conjurations of sound and vision, fire, sweat, brine and blood into our
systems without negotiation, because they know we can't resist. Those who blazingly show
how a band can be more than a set of songs, can be a method, a way of life, a reason to be,
a style of being. Royal fkn Trux have blessed us and blissed us and blasted us now for 3
decades. Every record different, the spirit unmistakeable throughout, shape, persona, style
and sound fused like no-one else. Let's for a change have a best of the BEST - the new Royal
Trux collection Quantum Entanglement is less a collection of tracks, more a pipe bomb of
flash points, contact highs from the imperial phase of the greatest rock and roll band of the
last 30 years.
Potted myth runs thusly: Trux were always and will always be Neil Hagerty and Jennifer
Herrema, who came together as in the mid-80s in NYC. to make records that confounded
sense, hustled their own universe out into yours. Their s/t debut, made in ‘87 gave a hint
that something unique was coming out of Jen and Neil's insular obsessions (psyche, noise,
bentshot blues and diseased production), grotesque music (million-dollar-sad) that their
second LP, Twin Infinitives took to even more deranged levels of delight and intrigue,
unforgettable songs played with the freedom of Beefheart, the power of the Stones, the
ghostly suggestiveness of Albert Ayler.
92's Skulls and 93's Cats And Dogs refined the chaos but kept that diamond-hard
integument intact. ‘Junkie Nurse' from the former, and ‘The Spectre' and ‘The Flag' from the
latter (all featured here) show that what was clear (despite the media's lazy rotation of
druggy cliches) was that RTX were a band focused on SOUND and the pleasures it could
bring, ferociously self-disciplined and focused in the unstinting pursuit of their imaginations.
Building a more solid band-basis with a startlingly funky riddim section (Dan Brown, Chris
Pyle and Robbie Armstrong) their major-label debut Thank You was produced to a
choogling, garage-rock blasting-point by Neil Young's long-time sideman David Briggs,
showcased here on the woozy ventilator blues anthem of ‘Ray O Vac'. 97's compilation
Singles Lived & Unleashed collated divinely unhinged oddments and sodments from across
RTX's career as repped by the brain-jangling ‘Shockwave Rider' here. 98's astonishing ,
Accelerator was another step into a new space, a lysergic re-imagining of the 80s that again
proved Trux' heroic fearlessness, and cast a baleful light on their pootling contemporaries.
Where so many bands, then and now, try and erase technology in a misguided attempt to
achieve their false notions of a purified musical past, Trux always used technology to break
rock'n'roll down, reconstructing it with a fully wonked-out, wacked-out geometry that was
utterly unique. On Accelerator, certain sections of your headspace got filled in,
overwhelmed, blitzed, emptied, ringing with resonance and echo, seething with tinnitus, no
bleed between elements, sticklebrick rock. And always always Neil and Jennifer's voices,
immutably cool, pulling together the sprawling and wasteful into three minute-models of
concision. It was the closest rock music got to a RZA production in ‘98, and it still sounds
utterly fucking awesome to this day, as you'll hear on ‘I'm Ready', ‘Stevie', and the diseased
delicious ‘Liar'

The albums that follow are not talked about enough but gratifyingly form the bulk source
for Quantum Entanglement. 99's ‘Veterans Of Disorder', here reflected in the mighty ACDCmeets-Zep groove of ‘Waterpark', was RTX's heaviest hit of hard-rock menace, an album
that reflected the insanely feral Trux live show, at the time something akin to seeing Miles
Davis' early 70s band jamming with Robert Quine. 2000's ‘Pound For Pound' sent you back
an era, forward an eternity, as enshrined here in the pulsating fuzzy arabic-grind of ‘Call Out
The Lions' and the ragged dub-raunch of ‘Sunshine & Grease'. A glorious last hurrah so
devotees thought - the utterly stunning ‘White Stuff' saw a reconvenedTrux bless 2019 with
one of its most incendiary highlights as revealed in the title track here.
A brief listening note. This isn't a best of to be dipped into. Deluge yourself, engulf yourself
in it, loud, let it dominate your head, your rooms, your dreams and your blaupunkt. Don't just
listen to Quantum Entanglement. Let it fizz under your tongue, let your shoulders loosen and
hunker, let your steps become new and ancient, let your eyes see the glimmer and your
teeth bite the monstrous wobble of this sound, let your soul sing it back like a tuning fork
rapped on a pylon. For the longest time, RTX were the only band around who believed in
rock enough to fuck with it as it so righteously deserves, the only band around with just the
right mix of tenderness and tyranny to make their experiment a living breathing index of a
livable life. Let's go full tilt boogie and fucking well
get DOWN with it
and get UP for it
and get ON with it
and if we're going to look back let's grab ourselves an unfulfilled future while we're at it.
Follow the leaders. Quantum Entanglement is both launchpad and glorious dead-end. A
record for dancing yourself some new shapes under a new sun. Music for pleasure and life.
The greatest from the greatest. Sweets from the sweet.
1. Im Ready
2. Waterpark
3. Ray O Vac
4. The Spectre
5. Platinum Tips
6. Stevie (For Steven S.)
7. Sunshine and Grease
1. Stop
2. Liar
3. The Flag
4. Junkie Nurse
5. Call Out the Lions

6. White Stuff
7. Shockwave Rider

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