Jennifer Herrema announces new project - Black Bananas - new LP due in Jan. 2012 on Drag City
Black Bananas photographed by STEVEN PERILLOUX
RTX are splitting into Black Bananas!!! The fruit is ripe and the bread will be FRESH.
After three albums under the name RTX, Jennifer Herrema and her bunch decided to flip the script, to kick open the doors of perception a little bit . See,RTX was not Royal Trux, not a metal band,not a 70's bar band and not a toxic substance; RTX was something, all of those things and none of them and way more, including Black Bananas bubbling in a witchy cauldron of their own herbaceousbrew. The title of a song on their RaTX album detailed a bit of the recipe, taking elements often tossed aside or thrown all the way out and combining them into something new and worthwhile...a new strain of the almighty green - to feed and elevate the hungry ones.
"I'm your garbage collector
I'll turn your trash to gold
What you cast off is what I hold,
End loafs of bread, black bananas and broken crackers
Scratched records, too dark pictures and torn jeans
All the shit that rips at the seams"
Black Bananas is set for the next all-inclusive rock and roll crusade, the one that includes even and especially all the shit you don't like, woven into all the shit you can't live without. This has been the name of Jennifer's game from day one; she owns the blueprints and if you don't know by now, don't even bother to Google it, cuz understanding is an investment not an action. Jennifer Herrema is not schizophrenic nor does she don many hats. She is simply a singer and simultaneously, a pioneer of comprehensive non-exclusive opposition rock, and Black Bananas is the latest addition to the oeuvre.
Brian Mckinley, Kurt Midness, Jaimo Welch, and Nadav Eisenman have been ripping and running with Jennifer since 2002, when one by one, they gathered serendipitously, borne by curiosity and the courage to be part of something new. Each passing RTX record saw them wrapped ever tighter in the burgeoning tongue of their own creation. Now, uttering their twisted slang fluently as a unified dialect, they emerge as Black Bananas.
If you wanna hedge (-fund) your bets its best to get out in front of this new national currency they are creating with Black Bananas. These are the notes of the future; with Jennifer at the helm their worth will grow exponentially. Invest!
Black Bananas first album Rad Times Xpress IV runs the gamut from gnarly odes to reality TV in songs like "My House" to future electric metallic GoGo sounds all conceived with scraps of influence from Jennifer's childhood passions zig-zagged with other currents out there, creating a sound that will take you to a specific place that only Black Bananas know how to find.
Most of all, Black Bananas is the new band in town - and they're fucking righteous.
- New collaboration with Kurt Vile.
- New collaboration with St. Vitus singer Scott "Wino" Weinrich,
- Jennifer's forthcoming coming tee shirt and jewelry line collaboration with Pamela Love
- Jennifer's upcoming Japanese denim campaign for Hysteric Glamour and of course, the continuation of denim line with surf/snow/skate kingpins Volcom.
- Current and upcoming collaborations with visual and contextual artists Justin Lowe & Jonah Freeman.
- Jennifer's continued role as record producer for the not faint-of-heart.
- New band name Black Bananas!
Jennifer Herrema's artistic influence is palpably present in many current areas of popular cultural interest, whether it be Sienna Miller basing a clothing collection on Jennifer's oft-jacked steez or international surf-and-skate fashion corporation Volcom putting her out front of their road tested denim campaign. Jennifer is an innovator whose vision is still being integrated into the ongoing cultural mash-up, a rock and roll rebel who has been cited and recognized by her musical peers as an inspiration and influence from Kurt Cobain to MGMT - her visual art aesthetic has always mirrored her all-inclusive musical tao. Her early artwork, with hodge-podge collages honed to ocscure and reveal context, intent, and vibe have become a reference point for burgeoning Hi-Art and have led to collaborations with MOCA and Deitch-endorsed artists. In a world of disposable cardboard cut-out icons, Jennifer Herrema is recognized and respected as the real deal.
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BLACK BANANAS LINKS:
Official site: http://www.blackbananasband.com/