Rare Royal Trux appearance highlights packed Helter Swelter lineup

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Fresh off a successful 4th and 4th Fest, the team at Ace of Cups just announced the lineup for its next daylong extravaganza, Helter Swelter, which takes place at the Old North venue on Saturday, Sept. 24. And it's a doozy.

The loaded roster includes Royal Trux, Dan Deacon, Neil Hamburger, Fred & Toody (formerly of Dead Moon), the Lindsay, Gap Dream, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Egon Gone and the Sundogs, 16 and Savage and the Kyle Sowashes.

Royal Trux, a highly influential indie-rock crew driven by the snarling push-and-pull between singer Jennifer Herrema and guitarist/backing singer Neil Hagerty, doesn't surface often these days, having only played a handful of shows since 2001. Ditto locals the Lindsay, which last performed four years ago and will be appearing here as a one-off. On the other end of the spectrum, 16 and Savage, a new project from Jim Weber (New Bomb Turks, Gaunt) and Aleks Shaulov (the Feelers, the Ex-Whites) will be making its public debut, suggesting a greater likelihood of future gigs.

The remainder of the bill is endearingly eclectic, veering from the brainy/playful compositions of Baltimore electronic musician Dan Deacon to sweaty, phlegmy standup comic Neil Hamburger to punk vets and longtime couple Fred & Toody Cole, who perform solely in stripped-down, acoustic form these days, owing largely to age.

"Fred cannot handle being up onstage ... with a 25 pound guitar wrapped around his head," Toody Cole said in a 2016 interview with Willamette Week. "He's becoming too unsteady on his legs; his feet are numb. We're 67 years old!"

Regardless, expect the pair to capture a bit of the vintage magic here.

Visit hltrswltr.com for more information or to purchase tickets.