New York anti-folk hero, Thomas Truax has oft had his music described as that of befitting a David Lynch film. The surreal settings, the darkly twisted stories, the cult appeal lend themselves well to his compositions - the innovator, the rebel, the outsider. The epiphany moment came when Truax's photographer friend, Chris from Sheffield was photographing the iconic film maker and passed on a few of Thomas' CDs to him hoping that David Lynch would like them.
The two friends mused over the idea of a covers album and when they heard that Lynch was a fan of Truax's work, the die was cast.
Truax met Lynch just the once, and found they shared a penchant for striking shoes, a passion multi-faceted music and rockabilly.
Thomas spoke to me about how he had seen Eraserhead as a young man and the profound affect it had on him.
One of those times when the child finds a new secret world away from parent's prying eyes. I felt the same way about Twin Peaks and played the soundtrack endlessly, obsessing about the characters wanting to escape into their world.
I'm interrupted by Matt Thompson (The Holy Orders) proudly proclaiming he has sold one
of the new albums from a haphazard merchandise stall in the opposite room.
The CD in question is a limited edition (250 copies), blue velvet-covered album
Thomas Truax Plays songs From the Films of David Lynch.
Thomas already knew he wanted to do songs from Lynch's Wild at Heart.
and could play half of the songs from the soundtrack straight off.
to be repetitious, he purposely avoided Wicked Game due to already having a song
in the set with high pitched howling - Full moon over Wowtown.
The idea began as a small project - a side project, you might say - a stripped down rockabilly take on tracks from some of Lynch's film soundtracks.
Serendipity played a hand in the way the collection came together.
Whilst working on the string-a-ling a member of his extended family of
instruments, he filed a few of the notes off the music box and found it
played a rough version of the melody to In Heaven, so that song was clearly in.
Thomas' partner, Hazel gave him a bat detector as a birthday present.
The two went off to find the nocturnal creatures and subsequently record them.
Bats make two kinds of noises; a squeak that children can hear, but adults tend not to
be able to (hearing diminishes with age) and the echo location system that allows
them to find their way around in the dark.
Thomas and Hazel set out to record the ones you can't hear. Thomas was able to lower the pitch of the recorded noise by using a device similar to an old synthesizer oscillator in order to hear it. He says the sound is like that of a wet clap; essentially a percussive sound.
Thomas worked on the sound further, managing to incorporate the bat noises into one of the songs on the new album.
People - Jody McKenna, Keith Hagger, the Secret Millionaire and an Unforgettable Weekend By Michelle Dee
Anyone who watched Secret Millionaire on Channel 4 Sunday 26th April
will have seen Hull musicians Jody McKenna and Keith Hagger receiving that magical
cheque for £20,000. I caught up with them the day after the show was broadcast,
in order find out how they were feeling about the show and their surprise trip
to see Bob Dylan at the O2 Arena with the charitable Secret Millionaire
People - Dicky Deegan Uilleann Piper By Michelle Dee
Renowned and highly respected Uilleann Piper Dicky Deegan's mellifluous tones have been heard in pubs and parlours throughout the British Isles. He has performed at European, UK, Irish and Australian Festivals, on major TV and radio stations including the BBC.
He has played with many bands and artists including Maireid O'Sullivan,
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People - An Interview With Finley Quaye By Steve Rudd
Finley Quaye is currently at the start of a huge national tour,
including a performance on 21st March at The Adelphi Club supported by local
singer/songwriter, Jody McKenna. Last time Finley played Hull he had such a
crowd in the Adelphi he stayed all week to party. Steve Rudd interviewed the
90s Reggae star in anticipation of another top night.
Hi Finley, how are things? Sweet as...So how is 2009 treating you so far?
People - Nick Quantrill By Tim Roux
Nick Quantrill is a prize-winning Hull crime fiction writer whose work is
highly-rated by all who come across it, with one notable exception - himself. However,
even Nick reckons that his upcoming novel Broken Dreams is a belter (we'll see what he
says about it in a year's time).
Nick started out as a short story writer, winning
People - An Interview With Jamie McGarry By Steve Rudd
Jamie McGarry is a Scarborough-based poet who recently had an
excerpt of a poem that had been inspired by Hannah Hauxwell published in
The Dalesman magazine. He has been writing poetry for years, with his
confidence having been bolstered by a poetry competition that he entered
and won at the age of thirteen.
Jamie doesn't confine his writing talents to poetry either, as he has also
written a novel.
People - An Interview With Terry Grigg By Steve Rudd
British traveler Terry Grigg has plenty of stories to tell - no doubt about it. Having visited over fifty countries, he's an itinerant soul who always likes to be on the move. In typical form, when I tried to get hold of him for an interview, Terry was soaking up the sun in Goa, India.
Fortunately, he managed to spare some time to chat about his debut travel book,
Backpacking with a Bunion.
People - An Interview With Dave Kebo By Steve Rudd
It's funny who you bump into when you're traveling. I recently visited Istanbul, and though
I was only there for a couple of weeks, the people I met were amazing.
In the space of just a few days I met a firefighter from Colorado, a Mexican woman
who worked for The British Embassy, a man from London who was aiming to cycle
around the world ... and then a guy from LA by the name of Dave Kebo.
People - An Interview with Steve Steinman By Steve Rudd
Newark-based Steve Steinman is a man of many talents. Currently touring with his
spectacular show Vampires Rock, an alternative slice of musical theatre which
features Classic Rock tunes such as Welcome To The Jungle, Total Eclipse of The Heart,
and Poison, he's a true workhorse who lives to perform in the limelight.
People - Kid Carpet On The Difficult Second Album, Being Fired Out Of a Cannon and Touring With Scroobius Pip Vs Dan Le Sac By Michelle Dee
I find it funny sometimes when people say I have a dictaphone...
You've been to Hull before I know because I wrote the preview for the website. How do you find the Hull crowd, do you like the Hull crowd what's going on there?
I played once before in Hull - the Adelphi. It was fantastic. I had a great time, I love grimy sweaty rock n roll venues so that was great, long may that
People - Scroobius Pip Speaks On Spoken Word, Socks, Caps and Collaborations At Hull Uni By Michelle Dee
I arrive at Hull Uni armed with information gathered after an afternoon's research fest on the
bearded one; an unlikely counter culture hero, who takes his moniker from one of the pioneers
of nonsense poetry Edward Lear, or rather The Scroobious Pip, a poem that remained
unfinished at the time of Edward's death in 1888.
I am due to interview him before he headlines alongside beats master and DJ Dan Le Sac.
People - An Interview with Glen Strachan, An English musician in Germany By Steve Rudd
Glen Strachan, formerly of Uxbridge, recently made the bold decision
to relocate to Berlin, where he has been edging his way into the city's music scene
with cunning stealth. Former member of acclaimed underground bands TheBed
and The April, Glen is a prolific songwriter whose tunes never fail to astound and
inspire through being so daring and original.
People - An Interview with The Alps By Steve Rudd
London band The Alps have been receiving rave reviews over the past
couple of years for their CD releases and live performances.
Having recently unleashed their eagerly anticipated debut album,
Something I Might Regret, the band is working harder than ever, with a
string of dates in Spain and the shooting of their latest music video
keeping the four lads tremendously busy.
People - An Interview with Chris Helme By Steve Rudd
Former member of acclaimed Indie band The Seahorses, in which
he penned and performed tunes with John Squire, Chris Helme has never
been one to shy away from the limelight. However, since The Seahorses
disbanded, Chris has been hard at work pursuing other musical avenues, not least
by means of York-based band The Yards.
People - An Interview With Karl Bushby By Steve Rudd
Men come no more intrepid than adventurer Karl Bushby, formerly of Hull. In 1998, feeling like undertaking the mother of all challenges, he set out from Punta Arenas, Chile, with the intention of literally walking around the world: all the way home.
Thus, he walked north through South America, Central America and North America, completing the American leg of his epic walk in Fairbanks, Alaska.
People - Michelle Dee Catches Up With Afterglow During Recording Sessions At Big Hand Studio In Hull By Michelle Dee
It's a blistering hot Saturday I am in the upstairs room of Big Hand Studio
with mixing desk monitors and stacks of equipment covered with LED lights blinking
intermittently. I am here to see AfterGlow who the week previous headlined at Sesh
to great effect playing possibly their best Hull gig to date.
They were all right on the button raising
People - An Exclusive Interview with David Icke, Candidate in the Howden and Haltemprice By-election
Hello David Icke. Is this election the first step in a move into politics?
No. I'm just using the opportunity to draw attention to the issue of the Big Brother state, the global elite which is slowly taking over. I'm not entering politics as a career.
So what will you do if you win?
I'm think there's a one-hundred per cent chance that I won't win, but if by some chance I did,
I would resign. How could I stand up in the houses
People - An Interview with Charlie Heather of The Levellers By Steve Rudd
The Levellers have dominated the Folk-Punk scene for the past twenty years,
having had scores of hit singles and albums.
Often voted as one of the best live bands in the UK, they've wowed venues and
festival audiences all around the world with their brand of politically-charged music.
On the brink of performing a huge number of dates at various summer festivals,
The Levellers are also on the verge of
People - An Interview with Leila Slater (Mastermind behind Moonbeams Acoustic Nights in Driffield By Steve Rudd
Fed up with having to travel out of town to indulge in her passion for live music,
Leila Slater boldly took it upon herself to start organizing and promoting her own nights of live music in Driffield.
Taking the form of intimate Acoustic nights, her Moonbeams events have so far
attracted a whole host of marvelous musicians and singers from near and far.
People - An Interview with Adam Towse of Filth Wizard By Steve Rudd
Fans of Torso Horse might have been wondering why it's been so quiet on their metallic front in
recent months. Well, rest assured - they haven't split up; they've simply been taking a break.
In the meantime, band ringleader Adam Towse has been busy writing material for a new project:
Unleashing auto-erotic fury in a similar manner
People - An Interview with Phluid By Steve Rudd
Leeds-based band Phluid have been whipping fans of Glamtastic
Punk-Rock into a frenzy for the past ten years and then some. Not only have
they proved to be one of the most exhilarating live bands in the UK, they
have also released some stunning CDs, most notably their
Cynical Smile album that was absolutely jam-packed with glorious anthems.
People - John Science Talks Exclusively To Thisisull.com - Sixties Bands and The Seventies Fast Food Phenomenon By Michelle Dee and Cilla
... he rang me up and said, 'John, I've got this group.
Don't know whether you've heard of them or not, but they're called The Beatles.
They've just come back from Hamburg...'
It's a wet Friday, the one a week before the floods last year, and we are
drinking Cappuccinos, sitting in the lounge at The Village Hotel.