Substance

Wed Mar 14th 2018
Substance presents Thomas Truax ......
Paper Dress Vintage Bar & Boutique
Paper Dress Vintage 352a Mare Street London E8 1HR
Doors:7.30pm Admission:£7 online / £9 OTD /£5 NUS

Thomas Truax
Thomas Truax
"Enthralling, mind-blowingly original and totally bonkers : just a few ways to describe Thomas Truax and his creative circus of the wonderfully surreal." -Alex Flynn, Brighton Noise

Originally from New York City, but now temporarily based outside D'sseldorf, Germany, Thomas Truax (pronounced troo-aks) travels the world performing with his "band" of bizarre self-made Tim Burtonesque instruments including a motorized drum machine made of bike wheels called 'Mother Superior' and a pimped-up Gramophone called 'The Hornicator', as well as his venerable resonator guitar 'Hank'.

More than just an inventor and entertainer, Truax crafts rich, poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology and various reasons 'Why Dogs Howl at The Moon'. Notable supporters and collaborators include Jarvis Cocker, Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls/Violent Femmes) and the author Terry Pratchett, who recently stated that if he were invited back on the BBC's 'Desert Island Disks', he would include a Truax album in his top choices.

"When he performs, it is a spectacle - the originality and seeming impossibility of what he does is much of the appeal." -The Guardian

"Truax is shaping up nicely as one of the great rock eccentrics" - Uncut

"Genius." -NME

"His gigs are extraordinary, like cabaret nights fizzing with showmanship." -Q

Mein Haus
Mein Haus
Mein Haus are Patricia Stepien (violin) and Elliot Murphy (cello, guitar). Their music is by turns creepy and sparse, then intense and dramatic. But whether it’s complex rhythmic interplay, or crunching cello and soaring violin, you feel the humour is never far away.

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