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Thomas Truax New Music Machines Tour 2021

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 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, some of which he will be previewing in upcoming live shows.

Truax 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 nine studio LPs include highly-rated covers album 'Songs From The Films Of David Lynch'.

Notable supporters and collaborators have included Jarvis Cocker, Duke Special, Richard Hawley, Bob Log III, and the late author Terry Pratchett. Currently he’s working on an upcoming release that features drummer Budgie of the Slits, Siouxsie & The Banshees et al.

"Endlessly inventive and creative…A show not to be missed!" -Oxford Times

"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

 

Thomas Truax
Thomas Truax

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. Brian Viglione (of the Dresden Dolls/Violent Femmes) plays drums on Thomas's latest studio album 'Jetstream Sunset'.

Edinburgh holds a special place in Thomas's history. Alongside Withered Hand, Saint Jude's Infirmary, Ballboy, et al he was one of the main acts on city's sorely missed SL Records label during its peak years. He was also the only non-fiction character to appear in two different novels by Edinburgh authors: 'Trackman' by Catriona Child (Luath 2012) and 'Itchy Grumble' by Paul Vickers (Chaos In An Inkwell 2012).

More info at http://www.thomastruax.com/about/

Admission price TBC from Tickets Scotland. Buy online here. Over 18 only.