Thomas Truax + Yeah You


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Elysium & NAWR Abertawe are proud to present what is sure to be a night of inimitable, experimental music

Thomas Truax is an American inventor, performance artist and songwriter who crafts music that takes you on a whimsical and unpredictable sonic journey. His live shows are immersive and eccentric, captivating audiences with a delightful blend of homemade instruments, live guitar looping, and enchanting storytelling.

His unique self-made ‘band mates’ include a motorized drum machine made of bike wheels, spoons and other found items called ‘Mother Superior’ and a souped up Gramophone called ‘The Hornicator’

But don’t let the novelty fool you. He is also a talented guitar player, storyteller, and performer who crafts rich, poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology, love, and a lifelong fascination with the Moon. His music evades easy pigeonholing as his songs flit between art rock, post-punk, touches of 50s rockabilly and a distinctive brand of surreal Americana.

Ten studio LPs include highly-rated covers album ‘Songs From The Films Of David Lynch’.

His most recent album ‘Dream Catching Songs,’ features renowned drummer Budgie (Siouxsie & the Banshees, the Slits, The Creatures) thundering along with Truax’s self-made mechanical drummer Mother Superior. It’s garnered rave reviews and plays on BBC radio 6.

Though he usually performs solo, other notable past supporters and collaborators have included Jarvis Cocker, Duke Special, James Smith of Yard Act, Richard Hawley, Bob Log III, Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls/Violent Femmes) and the late author Terry Pratchett.

“Truax is shaping up nicely as one of the great rock eccentrics.” -UNCUT

“When he performs, it is a spectacle – the originality and seeming impossibility of what he does is much of the appeal.” -The Guardian

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

“The spectacle of Truax’s live set is unlike anything that you’ll see elsewhere, but if it was all about the mechanical stagecraft it wouldn’t keep bringing us back. Thankfully the songs sparkle with the same sense of invention, imbued with humour and heart” -Joyzine

Support comes from Yeah You.