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Heavy Trash

Heavy Trash

by Mike Huberty
October 2009

What started as a side project for Matt Verta-Ray’s SPEEDBALL BABY and Jon Spencer from the JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION has evolved into a full-fledged rockabilly outfit with the release of HEAVY TRASH’s third album, Midnight Soul Serenade. Greasing back their hair and letting their collars go wide and open, Matt and Jon embody the fashion and music of the classic American rock n’ roll sound.

A sound that Matt explains he was influenced by from a young age. “My mom had a lot of cool 50’s records, some Sun, soul, and blues.”, he says. “When I got a guitar, I got a hold of a tape of Eddie Cochran and that knocked me out. Guys like Buddy Holly and Leadbelly, but I was also influenced by some of the more out-there stuff like Hasil Adkins and novelty records. It’s kind of what I’ve always played, Jon had a similar trajectory and was into groups like the Gibson Brothers.”


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Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

by Mike Huberty
October 2009

Actress and musician, JULIETTE LEWIS, knew she wanted to be an actress from the time she was six and she was nominated for an Academy Award before she was twenty years old. Known for roles in films like Cape Fear, Natural Born Killers, and The Other Sister, when she took the leap from acting to fronting a band, known as JULIETTE AND THE LICKS, in 2003 it might have been dismissed as a Jennifer Love-Hewitt or J. Lo-type vanity project. However, instead of sugary pop, she opted for a straight-up rock n’ roll and punk style and has since collaborated with the impressive likes of Dave Grohl from The Foo Fighters and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez from The Mars Volta. Earlier this year, Lewis let go of The Licks and has released her first completely solo album, Terra Incognita.

“We toured the world three and four times over with the Licks.”, Lewis says, talking about her old group. “Around the same time, I had a breakup with my band and a breakup with my love and I was contemplating my existence and the future… I figured if I wanted to evolve, then I should make music now as my own name. It was the first time I really created a record by discovering who I was musically and all the contrast .There’s so many kinds of songs and so much flavor.”


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Max Cavalera of Soulfly

Soulfly

by Justin Beckner
October 2009

Only days from embarking on another hell ride journey through the US, Soulfly frontman, Max Cavalera graciously took the time to speak with me. Max may be one of the most hard working musicians in the industry today. Never forgetting about his roots in Brazil, Max retains a level of humility that is often lost in the over-inflated world of metal. He is a great example of what a person can do if they believe in themselves and never stop rocking when the going gets shitty. Soufly brings one of the hardest hitting metal shows around. Don’t miss them when they tour through the Midwest in early October including the Rave in Milwaukee I’ll see you at the show.

MAXIMUM INK: What is your least favorite interview question?
MAX CAVALERA: Probably if there is going to be a Sepultura reunion. I get asked that one a lot so it gets kind of old.


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Shadows Fall

Shadows Fall

by Chris Fox
October 2009

East coast, heavy metal monsters, SHADOWS FALL, find themselves on the razor’s edge between the new school and the old. Having 12 years of playing under their belts, and the dissident edge of the eastern metal scene, this quintet delve into a melodically aggressive area of music. As singer Brian Fair explains, “it’s a cross section of metal influences over the last few decades,” and the diversity is instantly apparent. With influences ranging from Iron Maiden to their favorites from the underground scene, SHADOWS FALL spawn their latest creation “Retribution.”


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In This Moment

In This Moment

by Chris Fox
November 2009

After surprising an unsuspecting crowd with their stage presence at the Mudvayne show back in February IN THIS MOMENT is back on the road. Now on a headline tour, they are returning to Madison in November. With Earth shattering screams and a mesmerizing singing voice, Maria Brink fronts this eclectic mix of pounding heavy metal and melodic hard rock.

The band really finds itself on the razor’s edge between heavy and light without losing the elements of either. Brink explains, “we aren’t afraid to do what we want, and that has made us really diverse.” The guitar riffs of Chris Howorth are bluntly heavy, but the touch of melody in Howorth’s solos and Brink’s soaring voice are what set IN THIS MOMENT in their own category.


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Ace Frehley - photo by Kevin Britton

Ace Frehley

by Sal Serio
November 2009

Legendary lead guitarist Ace Frehley is no stranger to playing Madison, Wisconsin, having appeared here no less than seven times with his former group KISS, but November 7th’s Majestic Theatre show will mark the first time Frehley has played MadTown as a solo performer. In fact, the Majestic gig will be only the fifth live performance he’s made since the release of his long awaited CD Anomaly this past September. Wisconsin’s Frehley fanatics are also lucky enough to witness a November 6th appearance at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater in Milwaukee. I asked Ace about his recently postponed Australian tour, which will be another first for Frehley as a solo performer.


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