UGLY BEATS, THE: Motor!: CD

Mar 29, 2011

While the term “garage rock” most definitely fits ‘em, these Austin ravers cover a lotta ground here. The opener, “Things I Need to Know,” sounds like a lost gem from the ‘80s Paisley Underground that would’ve easily fit into the airplay rotation of most new wave radio stations of the era. The bulk of the remainder bounces across the ‘60s spectrum, from fuzzy garage stompers to jangly proto-psych, from Beatles to Byrds and back, with maybe a quick stopover in Peter & Gordonland. The performances and songwriting are top notch and the whole package bears a feeling of authenticity that a good many others swimming in this pool these days can only hope to achieve.

 –jimmy (gethip.com)

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