Heavy Trash is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, November 7.
Regardless of where you plop Jon Spencer Pussy Galore, the Blues Explosion, Boss Hog, or Heavy Trash, his current partnership with Matt Verta-Ray there is always an inimitable swagger to the music. It's a combination of reverence for rootsy antecedents and a willingness to wander off-road into knotty brambles. With Heavy Trash and its rockabilly gait, an older Spencer decides to hug the roadside. Verta-Ray has mined similar territory for years with Speedball Baby, and he makes for a ready companion. Their second album together, Going Way Out With Heavy Trash, is a fine, surprisingly catholic release. There's plenty of hip-swiveling, old-time rock and roll action, as well as a few hints of country and bluegrass. Verta-Ray and Spencer share deft harmonies. Their voices reedy and robust, respectively complement each other nicely, particularly on the catchy rave-up "Outside Chance." Still, the main attraction is two guys who can really play guitar and know where to tap the genre's wellspring.