Who Is Hot Trash?

HOT TRASH was formed by violinist, singer-songwriter Kelly Halloran and musician Rocco Gardner.  After making the unlikely connection while Rocco was producing the ESCAPE to New York Festival, the two quickly became friends deciding to make a record together at Dave Catching’s (Queens of the Stone Age/Eagles of Death Metal) Rancho de la Luna studio in Joshua Tree, under the name Your New Crush.

Deeply inspired, Rocco bought a nearby property forming his own state-of-the-art recording studio Skyline Studio at Rancho V in Pioneertown, CA. Rancho V became a popular retreat for artists like Bob Moses, The Arctic Monkeys, Paolo Nutini, PeachesJan Blomqvist and more.

The band released their debut Hot Trash album “Hope in Grace” in 2018, recorded at Rancho V.  The new band name was concocted and adopted one night walking home in New Orleans when Rocco and Kelly saw their small project expanding. Shortly after they were joined by Michael Franti & Spearhead lead-guitarist J Bowman (Michael Franti, 2Pac, Cake).

Joined by a host of producers and artists (Dallas Austin, Matt Sorum, Dan Heath, Eric Zayne, Nikko Gibler amongst others), the band started working on their second record.

“Las Vegas”

A star-studded line-up, first single ‘Las Vegas’ has featured guest Matt Sorum on drums (Guns n’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and is produced by grammy award-winner Dallas Austin (TLC, Michael Jackson, Usher and CeeLo).

Recorded with lead singer Rocco Gardner at his ranch studios in Pioneertown California, Rancho V has hosted the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Bob Moses, Jan Blomqvist, Paolo Nutini and Rüfüs du Sol.

“We Are All One”

Their latest release is We Are All One, is the latest musical gift from the Pioneertown trio consisting of Rocco Gardner, J Bowman and Kelly Halloran and once again sees the band pulling together a star-studded line up of friends and fans to create a video that is quintessential Hot Trash.   It features friends including producer Dallas Austin joined by Eric Zayne and Matt Sorum, who also appears on drums.  The video includes a long list of talent from all over the globe – from Travis Rice to Carrot Top to Marian Goodell to Natalie Martinez – the list goes on.

Born out of quarantine the track is being released pretty much straight from the recording studio in Pioneertown along with the music video, as in these uncertain times the band are looking to provide fans with something tangible to relate to and connect with. It has been shared around the home studios of an eclectic range of producers who have all added their own flairs and quirks to make it a collaborative effort of isolation.

Events and further release plans around their previous release previous  Las Vegas are currently on hold with more to come in coming months as the city gradually re-opens, picking up where they left off with their call to “Show Us The Way To Las Vegas!”.

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