The Ballroom of Romance marks 6 years and 80 shows with a two gig weekend featuring Thomas Truax & Electric Eel Shock.
Ballroom of Romance # 79
Hoovers & Sledgehammers, Mirakil Whip, The Bastard Rain
Friday 25th of July 2007
The Lower Deck
€10 on the door – Includes free download compilation
New York City’s Thomas Truax (pronounced troo-aks) is a left field troubadour and inventor/player of strange self-made instruments like his now legendary ‘Hornicator’ and a motorized mechanical drum machine called ‘Sister Spinster’. He employs these and other contraptions as well as traditional instruments in exceptionally crafted, witty and often touching songs. Splendid magazine recently called 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."
He’s got three acclaimed full length albums under his belt: ‘Audio Addiction’, ‘Full Moon Over Wowtown’, and ‘Why Dogs Howl at the Moon’, and numerous singles and compilation tracks. He has toured nearly constantly for the past five years, most recently doing support tours with the Dresden Dolls and Duke Special. He’s played Glastonbury and Edinburgh Fringe festivals and appeared on MTV. His own radio serial, The Wowtown News, plays on Resonance FM in London.
"In Truax’s hands music is merely a vessel for his scattershot imagination, earning him a place in a lineage that includes Captain Beefheart and Viv Stanshall and, latterly, a less-frenetic Liars.
Equal parts music-hall, avant-garde and garage rock, ‘Full Moon Over Wowtown’ is far more accessible than these references imply, thanks chiefly to Truax’s lycanthropic bark… and his obvious love of primal rock ‘n’ roll. Had the bands that exploded out of CBGB’s in ’76 been inspired by LSD rather than cheap speed one suspects that the results would have been disturbingly like this, and that today’s bands hell-bent on recycling those days would be more interesting as well as a hell of a lot better." -Alan Downes, LOGO Magazine (UK)
And the following night…
Ballroom of Romance # 80
Electric Eel Shock
Oak, Adebisi Shank
Saturday 26th of July 2007
Andrew’s Lane Theatre
Tickets €15, available from WAV Box office and from www.tickets.ie
Electric Eel Shock are a glorious celebration of Classic Rock, Punk and Metal. A true power trio from the time before rock became fractured into a diverse multitude of sub-genres and we were all still one big happy Rock & Roll family.
"EES are nothing short of awesome" – Brent Hinds (Mastodon) EES left their native Japan in 1999 to see what they could make of America and they have been on a near constant world tour ever since.
EES paid their way by selling merchandise and their self recorded album "SLAYERS BAY BLUES" at their gigs. Headlining a stage at the prestigious Roskilde Festival in Denmark was a key early event for the band. By 2004 EES had toured 27 countries around the world and they decided it was about time to release an album: "GO EUROPE!" became the first commercially available EES release and the band performed at 30 European Summer Festivals.
Follow up album "BEAT ME" was recorded in Holland early 2005 with legendary producer Attie Bauw (Judas Priest, Scorpions, Bootsy Collins etc). BEAT ME achieved much critical acclaim from press and fans alike and EES continued to conquer the international musical scene step by step throughout 2005 and 2006 adding Australia and parts of Asia to their widening travels.
In 2007 Electric Eel Shock again worked with Attie Bauw on a new album: "TRANSWORLD ULTRA ROCK" is seems to sum up the past, present and future of the band in one album. The feeling seems to span the entire EES back catalogue, including the raw inventiveness of Slayers Bay Blues, the catchy songs of the GO albums and the hard tight rock of Beat Me. This album has it all. The overall atmosphere is more positive than ever before. It’s a feeling that reflects the Shock’s ongoing progression, from playing every dive bar and toilet around the world to selling out larger more prestigious venues.
Electric Eel Shock are a band who’ve worked hard to get where they are
– and they’re damn well going to enjoy themselves! Of course, everyone
– fans old and new – are invited to join the party!