Django’s Coffin is a solo multi-instrumentalist project by Craig Trumbo, and the flagship musical enterprise under the label VuJa de Industries. Business, recording, and production facilities are located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at Fort Collins, Colorado.
Recently released work under the titles of “Sixth Event: Twelve Year Blues” and “Extinction Chants” focused on climate change and the associated unraveling it threatens to bring (available through CDBaby and Bandcamp). Of this the artist comments:
It's not just climate change, that's only the backdrop; it's the whole unraveling. Coming soon, to a civilization near you. The bad news of late has been like a heavy hand on the brain. Never mind the politics of the day. It's the IPPC reports, Naomi Oreskes, “Uninhabitable Earth.” It's strike three, and the youth are getting pissed worldwide, skipping class, gluing themselves to public transport. I guess this is for them; our only hope.
This project was conceptualized as unbound to any stylistic or genre-based approach. A variety of influences drive creation of the pieces, which are disparate in their approach. Lyrics and flow attempt to imagine Dylan and Leonard Cohen for poetic insight, and Steely Dan for irony and satire. Anything goes for musical approach, from considering Jean Luc Ponty to Blondie.
The current project in production has as its focus an interpretation of these historically twisted times here at the start of the ‘20s. Stylistic emphases here might be found in the epic westerns of Ennio Morricone, the more sardonic writing of David Berman, or the vibe of David Lynch. Of this project the artist states:
No, this will not be about 2020. Sadly 01/01/21 will not simply do the trick. This work, “An American Screed,” will be produced as an album-length music video. Release is anticipated summer of ’21. This is a no-holds-barred examination of society, politics, pandemic, and the many other absurdities of our times. Stylistically, this project emphasizes the core stylistic approach of Django’s Coffin: Post Neo-Gothic Western Noir.
Principally a bassist, Trumbo reaches to a variety of instrumentation to fulfill the ideas behind the individual pieces (from upright bass to loops, ukulele to fretless e-bow guitar, hand percussion to synths). Details are provided on the liner notes. Wedded to a montage of artistically appropriated imagery, each piece stands as a visual expression as well as musical, a painting to listen to. And hopefully, something to think about and within which to find motivation.