Thomas Truax in Sheffield
The Greystones, Sheffield
Sunday 5th December 2021, £11.00
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Thomas Truax - New Music Machines tour 2020
'OPERATING FROM THE SHADOWY SPACE BETWEEN THE GLASS-BLOWN AMBIENCE OF YANN TIERSEN AND THE 'WHAT IS HE BUILDING IN THERE?' STURM-UND-DRANG OF BROKEN CLOCK-PARTS ERA TOM WAITS, MUSICIAN / INVENTOR THOMAS TRUAX IS SOMETHING OF A VISIONARY.' - The Mouth Magazine
The American troubadour crafts poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology, and a lifelong obsession with things lunar, including various reasons 'Why Dogs Howl at The Moon'.
He is also well known for his unique self-made instruments including a motorized drum machine made of bike wheels 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', this past year Thomas decided it was due time to take some time off the road and 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 the year to dreaming up and building these special new music making machines which, along with his familiar friends, will make their live debut on this tour.
Notable Truax supporters and collaborators include Jarvis Cocker, Duke Special, Richard Hawley, Amanda Palmer, Brian Viglione (of the Dresden Dolls/Violent Femmes), Budgie (of Siouxsie and the Banshees) and the late author Terry Pratchett.
"Thomas Truax is one of rock's great eccentrics. Endlessly inventive and creative...A show not to be missed!' -Oxford Times
"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 f**ked." -Richard Hawley
'To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.'
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