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Interview:
Rockers Take Out Their Heavy Trash
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray are taking out the Heavy Trash again — and they don’t consider it a chore.

Heavy Trash is the band Spencer and Verta-Ray formed three years ago as an adjunct to their other musical projects. But with this week’s release of “Going Way Out With Heavy Trash,” their second album, Verta-Ray says the duo is becoming a greater priority for both men.

“We don’t really talk about it,” explains Verta-Ray, 44, a veteran of the bands Madder Rose and Speedball Baby. “It’s kind of like a new relationship still — no one speaking about the future, pointedly staying away from the subject.

“But now, (Spencer’s) Blues Explosion and Speedball Baby seem to be on indefinite hiatus, and Heavy Trash has been so busy and doing well, it appears to be more of a going concern. We both feel like it’s our main band right now.”

Verta-Ray and Spencer certainly approached “Going Way Out ... ” in a more serious vein than 2005’s “Heavy Trash.” This time they worked in three studios with three backing bands — the Sadies from Canada, Danish musicians from Tremelo Beer Gut and Powersolo, and some New York players the two have worked with before.

“The first one was done over months of just me and Jon in the studio,” Verta-Ray recalls. “This time we had to plan it a bit. We were touring with these three great bands, so why not try and capture what we’re doing onstage in the studio?

“So we wrote a bunch of songs, divided them into thirds between our three live bands, figured which ones would go best with which and tried to play to the strengths of each band. It was hard work to get all these people in the same place, but it was well worth it.”



Heavy Trash and Powersolo perform Thursday (Sept. 13) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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