All aboard the ‘Humane Train’… Yes, Thomas Truax is back and with all pistons pumping on this brand new single.
With it full steam ahead towards the release of what will be Thomas’ ninth full-length solo adventure ‘All That Heaven Allows’ (out 2 Feb 2018, via Psycho Teddy Records), the inimitable musician, inventor and all-round polymath returns with this peculiar, yet powerful protest song ‘Humane Train’.
Perhaps as close to a straightforward peace-preaching rock anthem that this wonky-pop maestro has ever veered towards before, it seems that radical times perhaps call for radical measures. Speaking about the track’s gestation Thomas says:
“It took form early last year. Trump was elected. I didn’t yet have permission to stay in the UK with my new wife, I was stuck in Germany after our Honeymoon awaiting paperwork, and I didn’t want to have to go back to America. Every day the news everywhere was horrifying… I’m one of those idealists that believes if people work harder to get along with each other and with the other life on this planet -be it plant, animal, or mineral- that we will all have ourselves a better situation. And in this song, I’m just shouting that from the rooftops.”
Indeed, putting these ideals into motion, ‘Humane Train’ was very much a collaborative and co-operative effort from the lone-wolf performer and loop-pedal virtuoso. With the blueprint of a blazing psycho-billy pumping, gospel-choir gorging call to arms in mind, Thomas assembled an array of close friends and skilled musicians to bring his vision roaring into life. Multi-tracking his own voice to the nth degree, Thomas then called on the talents of German songstress S J Cora Himmelsbach, Swans man Paul Wallfisch, James Smith of Post War Glamour Girls, plus the notable amplification from one Gemma Ray (co-collaborator of the lead single ‘Save Me’), “Humane Train”, this winning formula soon packed the roof-raising punch of a Church congregation on steroids. “I had to trim it all down a bit in the end so the recorder didn’t explode!” says Thomas.
“Humane Train” is the second and latest single to emerge from Thomas Truax’s eagerly anticipated new album: ’All That Heaven Allows.
In what will be his ninth full-length album, we find the eccentric American songwriter anything but settled. After five years based in Germany, Truax began 2017 in the US, but left again the day after Trump was sworn into office in January. He has rarely stopped to look back from thereon. He got married in March (in Gibraltar) and relocated to the UK shortly thereafter, with a steady stream of tour dates and recording sessions always on his agenda. Along the way, he always kept an eye on the news, an ear to the ground, and a notebook in pocket. The result of these travels is ‘All That Heaven Allows’ – ten new tracks of surreal Americana and sonic adventure. With songs littered with trains, flying machines, dreams, romance, shootings, hurricanes, migrants, ‘bad leaders,’ an unfortunate spider, escape, transcendence, alligator shoes and more solid advice from the recurring comforting presence of Thomas’s Granny; Truax’s latest long player is a celebration of life and sound and a search for meaning and hope in troubled, dangerous times.
’All That Heaven Allows’ is out 2nd February on Psycho Teddy Records.
Famed for his incendiary live show, Thomas Truax will also be hitting the road in 2018 to perform tracks from the new album and old favourites at a series of performances throughout February and March. With an array of headline dates in Cambridge, Exeter, London, a number across Yorkshire and more, PLUS a series of joint dates with the legendary BOB LOG III throughout March; there’s plenty of opportunity to see this master in his element.
Full dates listed as follows:
1st Feb, Thurs: Hebden Bridge, Trades Club
2nd Feb, Fri: York, Fulford Arms, 1
4 Feb, Sun: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club, – 6pm-10:30 presented by British Wildlife
7 Feb, Wed: Sheffield, Greystones
15 Feb, Thurs: Cambridge, Portland Arms
16 Feb, Fri: Scunthorpe Cafe Indiependent
22 Feb, Thurs: Plymouth The Red House
24 Feb, Sat: Exeter, Cavern
4 March, Sun: Manchester Night and Day (supporting Bob Log III)
14 March, Wed: London, Paper Dress (Headline)
16 March, Fri: Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road
20 March, Tues: Cardiff, The Globe (supporting Bob Log III)
22 March, Thurs: Norwich Arts Centre (supporting Bob Log III)
28 March Leek Foxlowe Arts Centre (ST13 6AD) (supporting Bob Log III)
29 March Halifax, The Lantern (HX1 1BS) (supporting Bob Log III)
LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE ‘HUMANE TRAIN’ HERE: