The bastard cousin to Spencer's genre-demolishing Blues Explosion, Heavy Trash features Speedball Baby's guitar brawler and producer extraordinaire Matt Verta-Ray in a project that drinks down the best of roots, R&B and rock-a-billy. Going Way Out with Heavy Trash, the second offering from these kings of buzz saw guitars and late night incantations, was recorded in three different countries and features an international cast of musicians - Canada's The Sadies, members of Denmark's Tremolo Beer Gut and Powersolo, and New York City's Simon Chardiet and Phil Hernandez. Heavy Trash is what the name implies - filthy and hard - the soundtrack to the strung-out road trip from which there can be no return. To properly translate the future-vintage attitude of these two greasy heart attackers, Yep Roc is offering a vinyl package containing a double vinyl/gatefold LP version of Going Way Out containing three bonus tracks and a copy of the CD version of the album.
Once again, Jon Spencer (of the Blues Explosion) and Matt Verta-Ray (of Madder Rose) dive into the deep cesspool of rock'n'roll ooze, but this time they have plenty of company. The Sadies support the duo on five tracks, including the surprisingly melodic pop of "Outside Chance," while musicians from Denmark and New York guest on others. The results range wider musically than Heavy Trash have previously, without compromising the sonic squawl and psychobilly vocals that have long provided the duo's signature sound. The blast furnace of "I Want Oblivion" combines an etiquette lesson with a nervous breakdown, "Way Out" channels the primal doom of the Cramps, "Crazy Pritty Baby" draws inspiration from Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues," and "They Were the Kings" pays tribute to some unsung heroes of rock'n'roll. A good time is guaranteed for all who have a taste for trash culture. --Don McLeese