Taking an extended break from his beloved Blues Explosion, Jon Spencer has created some of the truest and sincere primitive rock and roll with his outfit, Heavy Trash. Along with partner Matt Verta-Ray, Spencer eases back on the primal R&B of his previous outfits to produce some of the most outrageous rockabilly to come along in years. However, this is no mere transparent throwback to an earlier time. Heavy Trash clearly know their roots, incorporating country, gospel and gritty soul to create something that it truly unique. Beginning with their self titled debut up to their most recent record, Midnight Soul Serenade, Spencer and Verta-Ray invoke an Americana that few can match. Still, no matter how great the records are, nothing can match the pure voltage of witnessing Heavy Trash live. Spencer is the consummate showman. One part crooner, one part street gospel preacher and all around true entertainer, Spencer possesses the raw fury that leaves most of his contemporaries, as well as those who came before him, in the dust. Heavy Trash perform at Mohawk Place on Monday (April 26) at 8pm. Opening is the Found, who are currently beginning work on their third full length release.
8pm. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. (855-3931).