February 2, 2012 SOUNDS ⁄  JENNIFER HERREMA’S BLACK BANANAS

Rock ‘n roll may be fermenting in a retirement home, groaning for a nappy change, but its eff you ‘tude still thrives in Jennifer Herrema. In response to the critical assassination RTX (her post-Royal Trux project) received for their  JJ Got Live RaTX album,  she simply shrugged, “Fuck it, people are stupid. Let’s just change the name”. So RTX are now Black Bananas, dummy.

Although the band lineup remains exactly the same, their new album, Rad Times Xpress IV, is technically their debut and sounds a bit like Daft Punk’s mid-2000 flirtation with guitars. It might not fool the critics, or, like, an amoeba even, but it has got them a support slot on the upcoming Sleigh Bells tour and maybe even a semi-nostalgic, semi-zeitgeisty spot (albeit a small, cramped one that smells of cat litter) for Black Bananas, or whatever the fuck they’re called, in our stupid hearts.