BioAs a kid growing up in Canada, MATT VERTA-RAY used to argue with his pals that Johnny Cash was cooler than Kiss. When he moved to New York, he put his theory into extreme practice by thumping the bass with Madder Rose and then creating a stabbing electric guitar style with Speedball Baby. When not perpetrating his sick brand of twang on stage, he can be found twirling the knobs in his NY Hed studio (where he has recorded such luminaries as Andre Williams, Robert Quine, and the Triple X-rated Rudy Ray Moore). With Jon Spencer he has finally achieved his dream of becoming HEAVY TRASH.
After the demise of his groovy hate-fuck band Pussy Galore, JON SPENCER formed The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and for the past 14 years has continually proven to the most exciting and innovative performer in rock ’n’ roll. On stage and in the studio he has destroyed and rebuilt American roots music with such abandon it is hard to believe that there is anything left. When not devastating audiences with Blues Explosion, Jon found the time to get down with his pal Matt Verta-Ray to cook up some HEAVY TRASH.