When Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray began the process of writing their third Heavy Trash album, Midnight Soul Serenade, they had no intention of detailing the tragedies and triumphs of love. But after recording and finishing 30 songs within and beyond their Blues/Rockabilly style and winnowing the tracks down to the set they wanted to comprise the record, they recognized an emerging theme.
Midnight Soul Serenade definitely shows different facets of Heavy Trash, which started as a side project for Spencer and Verta-Ray in 2005 but quickly morphed into a full-fledged band. Heavy Trash has evolved over the past four years, from two-man stripped down Rockabilly mayhem to a more measured and mature incorporation of a variety of other styles. The twosome brought Simon Chardiet on double bass and Sam Baker, previously of Lambchop, on drums to round out the live show.
They play the Northside Tavern on Monday. Get show details and Sound Advice here.