Heavy Trash, Heavy Trash

Erick Zeidenberg

By Erick Zeidenberg

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

This collaboration between Jon Spencer and Madder Rose/Speedball Baby alumnus Matt Verta-Ray veers closer to rockabilly and good-old Southern swamp rock than these two musicians have ever gone, but it still packs the hell-bent energy the two musicians have created in the past. Opener "Dark Hair'd Rider" announces the new direction — there's some distorted guitar, but it's less frenetic than what you might be used to hearing from Jon Spencer; later, the moodier twang of "Under the Waves" serves up romance gone bad in a haunting Southern noir setting. Despite the overall change in approach, Heavy Trash still occasionally revisits some familiar turf: "Justine Alright" starts as a modern-day take on Jerry Lee Lewis and builds up to a chorus that evokes the rave-up glory of the Blues Explosion, while the lo-fi swagger of "Yeah Baby" brings the party even closer to the musical 'hoods of Blues Explosion and Speedball Baby. Heavy Trash is a ripping ride in an old convertible on a humid Southern night, sweat and the evening's sins oozing out of every pore.