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Nathan Truax & The Get Loud Questionnaire

A dear friend of the shop for a long while, a former instructor, who according to his Facebook is still employed with us, Nathan Truax just released his EP, Songs For A Heartache. The bassist for Said the Whale, Nate’s taken time from a heavy tour schedule to knock out a solo effort that is unique, expertly crafted and entirely enjoyable. We’re seriously proud to celebrate the release of Songs For A Heartache and equally honored to have Nate as the first guest to fill out the Get Loud Questionnaire. Enjoy.

GL: So, let’s talk about you first. What’s your genre? We need you to pick one or two because it’s confusing at times.

NT: If I’m being honest, I don’t like to identify with one genre. I think genre is fluid. Would you ask you demos if they were hard rock or bluegrass? That’s like asking what scale is most prominent in your songs. Kinda gross and somewhat rude if you ask me.

GL: Have you considered going by just Truax but making it True Axe and then designing your sound around your new Nordic moniker?

NT: In all honesty, I have an ambient record of knife sharpening sounds in the works.

GL: I read that you play all the instruments on your album. Have you read the myth of Narcissus?

NT: Yes, I can relate. I also feel poorly for those who can only play one instrument…or even worse, “just singers.”

Yes, I can relate. I also feel poorly for those who can only play one instrument…or even worse, “just singers.”

GL: Ok, so let’s talk about the EP, Songs For A Heartache. Are you concerned that people will purchase traditional medicines for their heartache, like Zantac or other antacids, as opposed to trying more experimental remedies such as your record?

NT: I’m not sure I would concern myself with the imbeciles who think harsh chemical treatment will work for a heartache. 9 out of 10 doctors have recommended this upcoming EP for clinical heartache treatment with a whopping 0.8% success rate. If the proof isn’t in the pudding, then I don’t know where it is.

GL: Who is Anne? Because she sounds important.

NT: Next question.

GL: Do Tears Ever Not Fall? If they’re being cried, that is.

NT: Yes, they often do fall given most bar room circumstance but the variable in question is whether they fall in your beer or on your lap…or on the table, even. I don’t know, I’m not a tear scientist.

GL: Is the Gambler about you or your father?

NT: Hard to pinpoint an exact person but I do believe it was a song of self-reflection after a certain night in Reno, Nevada.

I don’t know, I’m not a tear scientist.

GL: Let’s talk about your process next. What was it like working with such an eclectic mix of synthesizers?

NT: I think the hardest synth I was working with was the electric guitar. I still haven’t figured out where the LFO is located on most of them.

GL: Who recorded your record? Because the production far exceeds the writing.

NT: That’s not saying much in either direction. I’m not certain who produced the recordings but I believe the record was written by Bradon Dougherty so direct any further complaints to brandondougherty@gmail.com

I think the hardest synth I was working with was the electric guitar. I still haven’t figured out where the LFO is located on most of them.

GL: Ok, I've got a couple closing questions What’s the name of your mustache? How old is he/she?

NT: Anne. She is older than the ground I walk on.

GL: On your Instagram, you are constantly outfitted by an eccentric wardrobe, describe the latest costume you purchased and why you purchased it.

NT: I am slightly offended by the use of the term “costume” but regardless I recently bought a set of striped bell bottoms. I purchased the pair so girls would talk to me. I’ll report back on the success of my plan.

GL: You like vintage gear, a lot. Is this because you can’t afford new stuff? Cause, you know, we sell things too.

NT: What they don’t tell you in big-time music school is that there is no money in country music.

GL: Take your craziest tour story make it cooler and then tell me that story.

NT: I think it has to do with some gambling in the town of Reno, Nevada.

You can find Nathan Truax here: https://itunes.apple.com/…/songs-for-a-heartache…/1304646989

And here: https://itunes.apple.com/…/songs-for-a-heartache…/1304646989

–GL.

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