|27 October 2009||Big Legal Mess / Fat Possum||BLM0249|
|01. Gee, I Really Love You
02. Good Man
03. Bumble Bee
04. The Pill
06. (Sometimes You Got to Be) Gentle
09. Sweet Little Bird
10. That’s What Your Love Gets
11. In My Heart
|Rejected test pressing of the Big Legal Mess / Fat Possum edition of Midnight Soul Serenade by Heavy Trash. In die-cut white card outer-sleeve with paper inner sleeve.
The commercially released pressing has additional run-out groove engravings reading; “DEDICATED TO ALL THE LOVERS.” and “XO TO X.NA + XTINA”.
Sweet Little Bird features and was co-written by Charlie Spencer (who also performed on 6×3 by The King Brothers).
Recorded at NY HED Studios in the Lower East Side and Toe Rag in London, Mssrs. Spencer and Verta-Ray are joined by an all-star team featuring New York roots-rock champion Simon Chardiet (Simon & the Bar Sinisters, James Chance, Joey Miserable & the Worms, Bo Diddley) on double bass, Sam Baker (Lambchop) on drums, and numerous guests, including Danish rockers PowerSolo, piano ace Mickey Finn (who has also held down that job for Motown legends The Miracles and Barrett Strong), Daniel Collas (The Phenomenal Handclap Band) on organ, and Tennessee sweethearts Those Darlins. Additional mixing was done with Scott Harding (New Kingdom) and Alap Momin (Dalek).
From the brooding promise of “Good Man” to the subtle brutality of “(You’ve Got to Be) Gentle,” the outer-space terror of “Isolation,” and the lysergic balladry of “That’s What Your Love Gets,” this is the sound of two men, souls stripped bare, transmogrified.
Midnight Soul Serenade is a slightly darker, barrel-fermented, and brilliantly matured dose of Heavy Trash. On every track Verta-Ray’s guitars pulsate, ooze, and percolate, while Spencer croons and twangs, shakes and shudders, with raw power and passion. There are more switch-blade riffs, crazy rhythms, sexual tension, and mind-blowing moments of palpable release on this record than ever before.
Heavy Trash are risk takers, rockabilly daredevils flirting with fate. As with all Heavy Trash productions, Midnight Soul Serenade embraces both the future and the past. Backed by their troupe of veteran tricksters, road dogs, blues wizards, punks, and evil geniuses, they have created a new kind of groove, a soundtrack suitable for haunted bordellos and hedonistic ho-downs. There are surprises around every corner — sounds no one else would even dare to create.
Is this the world of two men keeping their psychosis at bay, or have they found true peace of mind and discovered the meaning of love? The answer lies within. Welcome to the Midnight Soul Serenade”
A1. Gee, I Really Love You
Writers: Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray
Published: Patrica Ann Music/Marsupial Parlay Vous Music, BMI
Produced: Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray
Engineered: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed, NYC
Mixed: Scott Harding at Duro of Brooklyn and at NY Hed by Jon Spencer / Matt Verta-Ray
Vocal/Acoustic Guitar: Jon Spencer
Electric Guitar: Matt Verta-Ray
Drums/Clave: Sam Baker
Double Bass: Simon Chardiet & Matt Goldpaugh
Piano: Micky Finn
Vocals: Christina Campanella & John Rose
A2. Good Man
A3. Bumble Bee
A4. The Pill
A6. (Sometimes You Got to Be) Gentle
B3. Sweet Little Bird
B4. That’s What Your Love Gets
B5. In My Heart
Mastered: Fred Kevorkian at Kevorkian Mastering Inc., NYC
RUN-OUT GROOVE ENGRAVING: