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Truus de Groot’s musical career spans over the last 3 decades. Born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands she debuted as a chanteuse just at the beginning of the Punk craze in 1976. Playing in a number of Dutch bands she released her first single in 1979 on the Plurex Label with a duet called “BandT Plus Instruments”. Playing odd electronic instruments, Bass and vocals, most of their performances were improvised. She teamed up Michel Waisvisz, the inventor of the Crackle Synthesizer in numerous performances. At the same time she was also the lead singer in the popular Dutch New Wave Band “Nasmak”. Who released an album, again on the Plurex Label, in 1980, “Instruments Plus Nasmak / Nasmak Plus Instruments”.
After hundreds of performances all through Europe Truus was looking for more challenges and in 1981 got on a plane to NYC never to call the Netherlands her home again. Armed with background tapes of electronic percussion she reformed Plus Instruments with Lee Renaldo (now in Sonic Youth) on guitar and David Linton on Drums, while Truus played Bass and sang Lead Vocals. With this line-up they hit the New York club scene, released an Album “February April ‘81” on the Dutch Kremlin Label and took off on a European Tour. After returning to the US Truus again reformed the band with a number of musicians always very active on the club scene both in NY and Europe. At the same time she worked on her solo career performing at the famed “Kitchen” in Soho and playing with Rhys Chatham.
In 1983 she hooked up with James Sclavunos ( Lydia Lunch, Sonic Youth, the Cramps and now with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds & Grinderman) to start a completely new chapter. She took a U-turn from the Electronic Euro-Beat and temporarily moved to Memphis to start Trigger & the Thrill Kings with Jim Duckworth (Gun Club) playing a very raunchy Blues, country rockabilly mix in a dynamic three piece line up with Truus on Bass and lead vocals. Again they toured throughout Europe and the US and released various records. Although, sadly, the original line up never saw its collaboration released. Towards the end of the 80’s through the late 90’s Truus took a hiatus from the Music business.
In 1998 she married renowned artist Bosko and moved to Escondido, CA. Inspired by Bosko’s love for Polynesian Pop and encouraged by him to share her creations with the world, she finally decided to release a brand new CD entitled Muzotica in 2000 with follow-up Rancho Exotica. Her last CD in the Exotica genre is "Ritualis" which came out early 2009 - all of these feature her own original compositions with a unique take on Exotica Music.

2010 brought about a long researched collaboration with Bosko Hrnjak, documenting the rise and fall of the mesmerizing Salton Sea in Southern California; it combines dramatic photography by Bosko Hrnjak and her own unique sound. In October 2009 Truus & Bosko were at the legendary STEIM in Amsterdam for a 2 week residency. During that time they recorded a good portion of sound for their project. They released the CD “Salton Sink Vol. 1 - Salton Sea” in 2010. For more info please check www.saltonsink.com.

Truus’ New CD “Dance with Me” (Truus Plus Instruments) was released July 1, 2011. The 5th CD on her very own “Dewclaw Ditties” label features 13 original tracks of mostly driving Synthesizer Dance Music reminiscent of her earlier work in the late 70’s and 80’s - and a few chosen ballads of heartbreak. It has been almost 30 years since the last full length album for Plus Instruments. The album was mastered and produced by James Sclavunos and Peter Mavrogeorgis.

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