New Music Machines tour 2020
"Endlessly inventive and creative…A show not to be missed!” -Oxford Times
Merging a fevered imagination and solid songwriting with a mad scientist's brain for weird gadgets, American singer Thomas Truax is a true one-off.
He is known for his unique self-made instruments including a motorized drum machine made of bike wheels, spoons and other found items called 'Mother Superior' and a souped up Gramophone called 'The Hornicator’
After riding the album/tour/album/tour cycle perpetually over nearly two decades with these ‘band mates’, Thomas decided it was due time to dedicate himself to expanding the menagerie with some new musical contraptions.
Bolstered by his Bandcamp supporters and some Arts Council England funding, he devoted much of last year (and is still working on) some special new musical inventions which, alongside his familiar friends, will be previewed on this tour.
Notable Truax supporters and collaborators include Jarvis Cocker, Duke Special, Gemma Ray, Richard Hawley, Amanda Palmer, Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls/Violent Femmes) Bob Log III and the late author Terry Pratchett.
Most recently drummer Budgie (of Siouxsie and the Banshees/Creatures/Slits) collaborated with Thomas in Berlin on some new tracks. A single will be released in conjunction with the tour.
"They broke the mould when they made Thomas Truax. A former magician, occasional performance poet and irrepressible inventor of automated steampunk instruments with names like The Hornicator and Sister Spinster, he's a captivating performer, with a touch of Tom Waits or David Byrne's ability to drag you bodily into an off-kilter world. And he has the tunes to back up the attitude. In fact, amid the gleeful sonic invention it's easy to miss how good his songwriting can be"
- James Eagle, Morning Star