American Thomas Truax is one of the most imaginative characters on the pop music fringe. He travels the world performing with his evolving "band" of surreal self-made Harry Partch-esque instruments including a motorized drum machine made of bike wheels called 'Mother Superior' and a pimped-up Dr. Seuss-ian Gramophone called 'The Hornicator', as well as guitar. UNCUT magazine says "Truax is shaping up nicely as one of the great rock eccentrics" while Splendid magazine called him "one of the five or ten best singer/songwriters in the world that you've never heard of...an exceptional talent, unique and resistant to comparison."
He crafts rich, poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology, and a lifelong obsession with things lunar, including various reasons 'Why Dogs Howl at The Moon'. His eight studio LPs include highly-rated covers album 'Songs From The Films Of David Lynch'. Notable supporters and collaborators include Jarvis Cocker, Duke Special, Richard Hawley, Amanda Palmer, and the late author Terry Pratchett.
He has a track on the upcoming Shakespearian album 'Food Of Love', to be released in April on Autolycus records in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
"It's a mutual exchange of blood, bone, wood and metal, most of which is home grown. If you leave a Truax show without smiling somewhere in your body, you're fucked." -Richard Hawley
"When he performs, it is a spectacle - the originality and seeming impossibility of what he does is much of the appeal." -The Guardian
"His gigs are extraordinary, fizzing with showmanship." -Q
Sunday 15th May 2016
Price: £7 advance (+stbf)