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Heavy Trash

Going Way Out With Heavy Trash – 2007 (Yep Roc)

Reviewed by Brian Baker

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Jon Spencer is, to borrow a Seinfeld rerun phrase, the master of his domain. Whatever genre Spencer chooses to translate his musical direction du jour, from noisy punk chaos to visceral garage rock to skronk blues shakedown - with the Blues Explosion, Spencer Dickinson and Heavy Trash, his main musical outlets - his gift is his inherent ability to inhabit those styles without merely parroting them. Spencer is more than a student of music's past, he's an informed historian with the funhouse skills to contemporize, personalize and shape the styles he loves into the sound he wants to hear.

On his latest Heavy Trash offering with guitar partner Matt Verta-Ray, Spencer takes elements of street corner doo wop, reverbed rumble rock, hiccupping rockabilly and thrash talking garage rock and tosses the chunks into his soul/blues tube amp food processor and pulses out a spicy trashabilly blend that shivers with the ghosts of the past and shouts with the energy of right now.

The amazing thing is that Spencer and Verta-Ray utilized three separate bands (including Canadian surf garage stars The Sadies, Danish rockers Powersolo and gifted NYC sessioners Simon Chardiet and Phil Hernandez) in three different studios, creating a unified sonic whole that is both rooted in tradition and ripe with experimental possibilities. Heavy Trash lives up to its name and album title with visionary zeal and respectful classicism.