Heavy Trash Going Way Out With Heavy Trash
Published Sep 04, 2007On Going Way Out With Heavy Trash, Jon Spencer and Matt Verta Ray muddle things up, expanding upon the vision of their infectious debut. Spencers best work in the Blues Explosion was such a thrillingly incoherent pastiche of punk, soul, hip-hop and blues that the band were doomed to run out of breath and need a break. When Heavy Trash was released in 2005, it was a relief to hear Spencer exploring such a wonderfully rendered and focused sound. True, rockabilly is an amalgamation of styles but theres something about that country/rocknroll feel that suits Spencer to a tee. Therefore, its somewhat disappointing to find Heavy Trash tweaking things and writing weirder songs. Theres great stuff here for sure, like the excellent "Outside Chance and the rollicking "They Were Kings, which features the Sadies, and near-ballads like "That Aint Right and "She Baby are nice enough. Jarring songs like "I Want Oblivion, the JSBX-infused "Double Line and the vivid "You Cant Win are just too postmodern though and seem out of place. God forbid that Heavy Trash should feel trapped within any genre but its their full-on exploration of rockabilly that makes them such a treat.