The great ’90s scuzz-rock duo Royal Trux released 10 albums between 1988 and 2002, but they broke up in 2001 and haven’t made any noise about getting back together. Since the breakup, both members have stayed busy: Jennifer Herrema with RTX and Black Bananas and Hagerty with the Howling Hex. Both of them were dealing with drug problems when they broke up, and they’ve said in the past that any reunion would be “depressing.” But as Pitchfork points out, we should all get ready to be depressed. Royal Trux are getting back together for at least one show.
The band will headline the final night of L.A.’s Berserktown II festival, which runs 8/14-16. Besides Royal Trux, the festival has a pretty incredible lineup: Thee Oh Sees, Fucked Up, White Lung, Screaming Females, Dead Moon, Priests, Downtown Boys, Total Control, Sheer Mag, Milk Music, Amen Dunes, plenty of others. Herrema’s Black Bananas are on the bill, too. But that Royal Trux reunion now feels like the main event.
A statement from Drag City, the band’s old label, confirms only that the reunion is happening “for at least one Earth night.” As for future plans: “Beyond that? Man, the future is UNKNOWABLE – but there’s a few things that we’ve never minded envisioning. And they’re always Royal Trux.”