On Pound for Pound, its most recent album and second in less than a year, it sounds sharper and more focused than ever. Whether or not they're hopped up on smack, Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty make for an intriguing duo. With Herrema sounding like a raspy-throated Mick Jagger, they come off as reckless and unhinged, especially when singing about a wicked voodoo lady in "Deep Country Sorcerer," a track that sounds like a pairing between Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Tom Waits. Indulging in avant blues ("Platinum Tips"), twisted funk ("Small Thief"), and art-damaged pop ("Sunshine and Grease"), Royal Trux gives blues-based rock and roll an irreverent, indie rock makeover that's more visceral than just about anything by Jon Spencer or any of his downtown New York cohorts. Royal Trux played to a nearly empty Grog Shop its last time through town, but like true rock stars, Herrema and Hagerty, who seem to always be wearing their shades, weren't fazed by the tepid response and rambled through their effects-filled set like a couple of pros, living up to their reputation as "Veterans of Disorder."
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