Heavy Trash is an on-again-off-again band headed by Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray. They’ve released three superlative albums of their own trademark brand of rockabilly, all led by Verta-Ray’s incisive guitarwork – usually thanks to a well-traveled vintage Gibson ES-295.
Verta-Ray is also the proprietor of NY Hed Studios, a retro-modern atelier blending vintage analog gear with up-to-the-minute digital capabilities. And this has allowed Heavy Trash to capture their musical experiments as they’ve developed on the run, a selection of which have been curated onto the vinyl-only, limited-edition Noir!
These are middle-of-the-night sessions, unreleased rockabilly rave-ups, and unapologetic guitar freakouts. The result is like the soundtrack to a lost 1950s invaders-from-beyond film that will never see the light of day.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s August ’16 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.