Watch: TRÚ, A Short Film (Part 2)
Earlier this month, we shared the first part of a short film about the making of No fixed abode, the first album of the Ulster trio TRÚ which will be released tomorrow (May 28). The album is also one of our featured albums of the month which we have reviewed here.
If you haven’t watched Part 1 yet, I highly suggest you watch it first as it introduces the Amazing Tommy sands whose song County Down they cover on the album. If you’ve watched it before, you’ll be in for a treat with Part 2 below.
Director Oisín Kearney did an amazing job and the roadside scene where they meet Joe is just as warm and magical as the moment they met Tommy Sands. Part 2 revolves around traditional Irish folk song Bonny portmore which Thomas Blake addressed in his album review to highlight the layers of ambiguity throughout the album:
Bonny Portmore, in which a favorite Irish oak is felled and her wood sold to the English, adopts an elegiac and slightly dusty tone although her shimmering guitar may have been inspired by the pioneering shoegaze Galaxie 500. Lyrically, this is a fine example of the ambiguities and multiple meanings that obviously inspire the band: Nowadays, the song could be seen as an ecological protest, but also, it could be a metaphor for the lingering differences between Ireland and England.
TRÚ on the film:
It’s moving to watch this short film that we made in 2018 to document the making of our first album, “ No Fixed Abode ”. Now, in 2021, it feels like you’re looking into another world. The pleasant joy of physical closeness between friends on screen highlights the current absence of it in reality. Since the end of 2019, Dónal, Michael and I have been in the same room exactly four times, and yet we have managed to release two EPs, a handful of singles, a series of podcasts, and now we are ready to release. our first album on May 28th.
We’re a different band than we were in 2018 when we started the album. Our house has changed too. Northern Ireland, and our common identity within it, has undergone another transformation. The songs remain the same, but the context around them changes. Like anchors at sea. From Gaelic chants and Scottish lullabies to vengeful Japanese spirits and other mysterious figures, we draw inspiration from centuries of folklore in Ireland, Britain and beyond. These are old stories told with a contemporary voice.
Do not order a fixed residence: https://truband3.bandcamp.com/album/no-fixed-abode-2