The Trash Bags are one of those little gems of a band that makes you happy that you still live in New York City, even though we all loathe paying an exorbitant amount in rent that we just really can’t afford. Part punk, part sleaze, we love that the band brings flashbacks to us of our rebellious youth. As teens, we inhaled books and films covering the grimy yet glamorous artful downtown music/club scene of New York in the late ’70s/early ’80s. The band is fronted by the well-known lead singer Chuck Bones, who resembles a punk Ken doll dressed in head-to-toe black leather gear. Kids mosh in the front while Chuck ping pongs up and down the stage, spending half of his time in the crowd or climbing up a pole while wailing into the mic. Last time we saw this much dynamic energy was at a Cramps or Iggy Pop show! Co-founding member Moan Elisa serves kick-ass guitar, resembling a beautiful Siouxsie Sioux goddess mixed with some Leather Tuscadero thrown in the mix – she’s tough as shit on stage. Tito Chevarria (who also plays in Dark Tunnels, a band high on our list of NYC must-sees) is on bass guitar. And the oh-so-sweet Lyla Vander, from the fabulous NYC all-girl band Habibi, plays drums for the Trash Bags.
Run down to the Cast on the LES and buy their debut record! The songs are fast, fun and GOOD, our favorite being “Johnny White Stuff” – we’ve played this one so many times on our turntable it’s a surprise it still works. Bille Joe Armstrong of Green Day fame produced their debut record – enough said. God Bless the Trash Bags! Photography Alexander Thompson.