The power of good rock ’n roll music lies within its ability to wipe out whatever thoughts are cloudin’ your brain and make you want to go out and paint the town red (or at least raise a toast to those things that make life worth livin’).
And that’s the mission Oklahoma 4-piece Motortrain have set out to accomplish with their testosterone fuelled rock that echoes the likes of AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Junkyard and Dangerous Toys.
Just like the bands mentioned the gentlemen of Motortrain have chosen to keep things quite simple and have steered clear away from throwin’ anything but the kitchen sink into the mix to make their sound more exciting. Weapons of choice are bass, guitars, drums, a stack of speakers and the tonsils of mister Ump.
“Straight Six” is the band’s debut EP and opens up with the combo’s name sake track. Laced with a bit of the blues this Rose Tattoo inspired cut got my head nodding but fails to pack the kind of punch an opening tune should. I do like the song’s final when the guys pick up the speed a bit and rock out.
Up next is “Backyard Brawler” which could have come straight off the first Junkyard platter. That being said Ump’s vocals are quite a bit rougher than those of David Roach.
“Bombs Away” sees the 4-piece paying hommage to ‘80’s rockers Kix and wouldn’t be out of place on the first 2 albums released by Steve Whiteman & C°.
The EP’s finest moment comes in the shape of “She’s Hot” that has the kind of beat that makes you want to bang your head and shout along with the chorus. Very similar to the stuff that Jason McMaster dished out with Broken Teeth.
Ump and C° like their women dirty, tattooed and a little mean and they want everyone to know so they have written a song about it apptly titled “Bad Girls”.
Closing the album is “Goin Goin Gone” an energetic rocker with a great bluesy swagger.
As said earlier Motortrain keep things very basic so don’t expect huge melodies or massive hooks when spinning this record. What you get is simply, honest, barroom rock ’n roll. Next time around however I would advise them to spend some more time on the production to beef up their sound a bit cause I’m sure it would benefit the songs. (PS
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