Monday, March 23rd, 2009
Motorik – Klang!
Review by Mike Bax
Motorik is a term used by critics to describe the 4/4 beat employed by many of the early Kraut rock bands of the ‘70s and ‘80s. The band themselves are a three-piece from Seattle, and their sound owes more to post-punk acts like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Placebo (I hear some early Placebo oozing through on ‘It’s Just Sugar’). Singer/bassist Sio’s butchy-yet-effeminate vocals work well for the band – and this short nine song album seems like it ends far too quickly for my liking.
‘First Rule’ is a great track, pulling some influences from early Gang Of Four and X. Sio’s vocals sound a bit more urgent here than on previous songs. Adrian’s equally frantic guitaring round out the song effectively, delivering a short but sweet track that is one of my favourites on the album.
Klang! opens with ‘Or So I Thought’, a good selection to lead off their album with. It offers up some slicing guitar riffs (this track reminds me of some of the guitar-work utilized in early Killing Joke), quick, snappy drum beats and Sio’s snarling vocals – setting the tone for what the listener is in for the remaining tracks on Klang!