Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Wednesday, September 22, 1999

Review - Veterans of Disorder

Artist: Royal Trux

Posted on Wed, Sep 22, 1999 at 4:00 AM

Self-exiled on their rural Virginia estate, Royal Trux's Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema create music essentially for an audience of two: themselves. The duo's records are almost accidental by-products, brief glimpses into their mixed-up, arcane genius. "Veterans of Disorder" retains the random, falling-apart-at-the-seams method of songwriting Royal Trux stumbled onto more than a decade ago. "Witch's Tit" and "Stop" rock in that early '70s Rolling Stones fashion, and "Sickazz Dog" and "Blue Is the Frequency" cling to the old-school junky Trux of their first two albums. In fact, "Blues" could be the sequel to "(Edge of the) Ape Oven" from "Twin Infinitives," their puzzling double album from 1990.

Herrema, whose raspy voice, scraggy stage presence and magnetic sex appeal combine the best of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, perfectly complements Hagerty's uneasy electric and pedal-steel guitar performances. "Veterans of Disorder" only gets better with each listen, and you should feel so lucky to hear it.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation