Royal Trux | RUG76 | Released: 16/06/13
Originally released in August 1998, 3-Song EP was required to quench the fans’ thurst. The combination of wack-ass knob twisting and crowd-pleasing singalongs that featured on Accelerator reflected some absurdly inverted sense of What People Wanted. Having assembled a band made up of artists on their American label Drag City, several domestic shows were scheduled, and the players arrived at Royal Trux’s rural Virginia ranch ready to rehearse, only to be told that a recording session was the first order of business.
In short order, the three songs were recorded, along with a fourth, a cover of Dire Straits’ ‘Money For Nothing’ which was set aside to be used as a b-side for a planned UK single release.The songs were a funky bunch — ‘Deafer Than Blind’ was a sweet ‘n’ sour ballad built off a drum loop, ‘Run, Shaker Life’ was a Richie Havens cover with spiritual overtones and later became a favourite live opener. ‘The United States vs One 1974 Cadillac El Dorodo Sedan’ was a proggy group jam that featured an extensive libretto and comprised one of the longest Royal Trux song yet. The static-crisp high end of Accelerator was abandoned in favour of a smeared, bottom-heavy sound, showcasing the thunder in the stomping rhythm section and a darker tone in Neil Hagerty’s bent-neck histrionics.