If you splice Tim Burton onto Terry Gilliam, then put them through the David Lynch machine, setting the dials and levers to ‘Extraordinary Musician’, you’ll end up with Thomas Truax.
Thomas Truax is a one man band of wonderment and delight. He is a musician who invents insane mechanical machines through which he makes incredible music. All the mechanical musicians have names and their own characters and personalities. Truax is also a phenomenal songwriter and spoken word artist.
We’re so lucky he’s supporting our event. I’ve been a huge fan of his for over 5 years – Jerry wrote his name on a scrap of paper and fixed me with a hard stare and said “look him up, you’ll ****ing love his stuff” and I do, and I really hope you all do too.
A selection of my favourite Thomas Truax music films
“There’s a fine line between the unique and the insane, and it’s a line which New Yorker Thomas Truax (pronounced troo-aks) straddles with his chin held high and ‘ The Hornicator ‘ firmly glued to his left ear. His collection of home made instruments look as though plucked straight from the mind of Tim Burton and are combined with loop pedals, guitars and lashings of imagination to create one of the most unusual and entertaining live shows you will ever see.” Splendid magazine calls 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, yet fairly accessible even to casual listeners.”
The Guardian: “When he performs, it is a spectacle – the originality and seeming impossibility of what he does is much of the appeal.”