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White Trash Review

25 January 2010 No Comment

White Trash w/ Donovan Frankenreiter, Quincy Mumford, Gary Jules
Summer Stage at the Stone Pony
7/24/09 @ The Stone Pony
Asbury Park
, New Jersey
By Darryl Longo
Photos by Austin Longo


Standing out like a pus filled pimple on Paris Hilton’s ass, White Trash made a triumphant return to the state of New Jersey after splitting up over ten years ago.  A last minute addition, White Trash performed on the Summer Stage at the Stone Pony, July 24th, shocking most in the crowd who were awaiting surf rock headliner Donavan Frankenreiter. Reuniting after what  founding member David Alvin called a hiatus “do to some substance abuse problems and shit”,  White Trash seemed out of place on a bill that included Quincy Mumford (sounding eerily similar to Frankenreiter’ protégé Jack Johnson) and acoustic solo artist Gary Jules (known mostly for his cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World”).

Founded in Queens  New York, White Trash took hold of the stage opening with “Judge Me Do” from their self titled ‘91 debut album (which peaked at #122 Billboard Top200) and proceeded light up the darkening skies providing a level of energy lacking on most of the evening’s bill.

The rhythm section of Mike Caldarella (Drums) and Aaron Collins (Bass) laid down a groove that Aaron’s brother Ethan (Guitar) and lead vocalist Dave Alvin led through a funk infused set heightened by the Bad-Ass Brass which on this night included Ben & Ed on trombones and original member Chris Arbisi, (Alto Sax).

When Alvin introduced “Apple Pie” he noted the video did get play on MTV back when they used to have music videos but now only offer you info on “your favorite teenage pregnant whore”. In keeping with the White Trash vibe, some fans got a chance to chant “eat pussy, eat pussy eat pussy” into the mike for the all ages crowd. The band were want to give the stage up even as security and the Stone Pony management were waving them off at the end of what Alvin deemed a short set. These guys obviously enjoy playing together and contrary to Alvin’s final salute of the evening let’s hope they stay off the crack.


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