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Royal Trux
Veterans of Disorder
Drag City

Self-exiled on their rural Virginia estate, Royal Trux’s Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema create music essentially for an audience of two: themselves. The duo’s records are almost accidental by-products, brief glimpses into a mixed-up, arcane genius. Veterans of Disorder retains the random, falling-apart-at-the-seams method of songwriting that Royal Trux stumbled onto more than a decade ago. “Witch’s Tit” and “Stop” rock in that early seventies Rolling Stones fashion, and “Sickazz Dog” and “Blue Is the Frequency” cling to the old-school junky Trux of the first two albums. In fact, “Blues” could be the sequel to “(Edge of the) Ape Oven” from Twin Infinitives, the band’s puzzling double album from 1990.

Herrema, whose raspy voice, scraggly stage presence, and magnetic sex appeal combine the best of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, perfectly complements Hagerty’s uneasy electric and pedal-steel guitar performances. Veterans of Disorder only gets better with each listen, and you should feel so lucky to hear it.

Originally published in the Orlando Weekly on September 23, 1999.