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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Giddy Motors
Do Easy
FatCat Records

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


January 9, 2007
Gavarick de Vis has to work on his bedside manner if he's ever going to be thought of as some kind of healer - "physician, heal thyself" be damned. From deep inside the furious post-punk boil of "Panzrama" his frantic, unhinged yells of "Disease, disease, disease/Inside you!" are heard and the hysteria in his voice is enough to throw any patient into cardiac arrest. And if that doesn't cause your heart to seize up, the taut, fractured rhythms and careening, metal-on-metal grating of guitars that drill right into the nerves of your teeth will.

At this point, whatever diagnosis de Vis has made for society or whoever is being eaten away from within by a variety of ills - possibly greed or drugs or that person's own sinful nature - is immaterial. The message is lost in de Vis' mumbling, twitchy vocal theatrics, which makes you wonder what Korn's Jonathan Davis would sound like if he was being sodomized by Mike Patton. There is an anarcho-punk poetry to Giddy Motors' arty lyrics, but that's not the draw here. What summons the gawkers is the violence of this sonic nightmare, this car wreck of disjointed guitar riffs, punishing bass lines and smash-and-grab drumming. With his partners, Manu Ros on drums and Justin Stone on bass, de Vis and company whip up a scary, always surging maelstrom of avant-garde jazz and post-punk fury that immediately brings to mind the Jesus Lizard. Loud and complex, and clocking in at a tidy eight songs, Do Easy, the follow-up to 2002's Make It Pop, is a panic-stricken, but thicker and heavier version of the Blood Brothers' Burn, Piano Island, Burn! and if you listen to it closely, you can hear pop music choking on its own bling.

Embroiled in chaotic, deconstructionist grooves that are locked down one minute and lost in a prison riot of sound the next, Do Easy is too smart and complex to be labeled nu metal, but it does indulge in some of that dead genre's tendencies - to wit, the tuned-down direction of the bass lines, especially prevalent in "Panzrama," de Vis's exaggerated vocal drama and an aversion to melody. But, just like with Jesus Lizard, there is more to Giddy Motors than pandering aggro-rock maneuvers. David Yow's distorted vocalizing, complete with maniacal laughter, comes to life in the jigsaw-puzzle patterns and heavy low-end brutalizing of "Down With A High Heel" and the demented "Sick," a ball of energy that offers the same bare-knuckle, violent blasts of stop-start guitar you'd find on Lizard's Liar. Angrier, with mosh-pit abandon and de Vis's vocal cord mangling screams, "Kapow" is a cyclone of sound that combines the musicianship of Bad Brains with the propulsive riffing of Duane Denison.

Taking nary a break - that is until the quiet, cinematic beginnings of the mysterious, and flatly disinterested, instrumental "Endgame," which morphs into "Dot Dot Dot," an experimental, tunneling meditation of drone interrupted by shrieking noise - Giddy Motors leads you on a thrilling journey through post-punk's back-alleys and skid-row bars. Anxious and full of loathing, Do Easy is the fill-in-the-blank answer to the statement, "What this town needs is _____ ." Giddy Motors takes a flamethrower to the place, burning to the ground whatever structures Jesus Lizard left standing. Giddy Motors has sounded the alarm.

Reviewed by Peter Lindblad
Peter Lindblad lives in Appleton, Wis., and bleeds green and gold just like all the Packer fan nutjobs in the area. He does draw the line at wearing blocks of chedder on his head, or any other body parts for that matter, though. His professional career has taken weird twists and turns that have led him to his current position as an editor at a coin magazine. He hopes his stay there will be a short one. Before that, he worked as an associate editor at a log home magazine. To anyone that will listen, he\'ll swear that Shiner was one of the greatest rock bands to ever walk the earth. Yet he also has much love for Superchunk, Spoon, DJ Shadow, Swervedriver, Wilco, Fugazi, Jawbox, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Modest Mouse, among others.

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