REMNANTS FROM THE BIG BANG - Legends of Motor Sport (Reverberation)
MESS IT UP - Legends of Motor Sport (Reverberation)
For a Nuggets/Boulders/Pebbles-soaked band, these Melbourne-via-Tasmania maniacs manage to sound original and fresh (no mean feat in these derivative times) so put away your anti-garage prejudices. Legends of Motor Sport have as much in common with Jet and The Datsuns as Syd Barrett had with most people's idea of sanity.
Laying down treacle-thick organ over manic rhythms, some wired guitar and Richard Fyshwick's truly unhinged vocalising, LOMS infuse enough energy into their songs to light up most of south-eastern Victoria (and probably at a better price than the privatised system can manage). The production is untainted by any hint of over-polishing (although their sound's probably clean enough to make it onto the playlists of more adventurous radio stations).
First to the "Mess It up" EP and although it's an obvious teaser for the album, if you're a fan you'll probably want both because only two of the tunes cross over. "Totally Extreme" makes a good stab at living up to its title and "Warm Milk With Honey '06" stammers and growls with the determined plod and half-crazed singing that only the mentally dispossessed on a mission can manage. TLOMS's take on the Ramones' "I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement" can't hope to match the original (and doesn't), but I still reckon it'd be a neatly perverse encore song.
Not half as perverse as most of the full-length, but that's not so much a curse as a blessing in these parts. You may know that song "Spazz" by The Elastick Band that turned up, most famously, on the "Nuggets" box set with its indecipherable, strangulated phrase at the top. Think the same vocal style applied to a baker's dozen agreeably out-of-kilter songs and you're in the ballpark. Richard Fyshwick (who shares his surname with the suburb that is Australia's home of mail order porn - possibly not a coincidence) also handles the trembling, acid-blitzed organ. Lysergic be its middle name. Guitarists Jean Claude Vangelis (whatever happened to Ray Parker Junior Burger?) and 2Stroke aren't slouches either, but it's the keyboards that site at the centre of the Legends' world.
Plenty of songs to bump heads against besides the obvious single, "Mess It Up". "Honeycomb" is right on the money with its big backbeat and greasy melody while the abject silliness of "Brunswick Ladies" makes for an enjoyable spin around Melbourne in a de-commissioned taxi. "Free Radical Oxygen Cells" makes its point about an inch from your face after a deceptively low-key organ intro, stands on its head and breakdances on its own shadow. "Corner of Bent St and High" hams it up with some vaguely funk guitar. "Ice Cream" icomes over all Brecht-sourced "Whisky Bar" and Doorsian before limp falling down the stairs like Jimbo and Co could never manage.
This is an album that passes the I-94 Bar test for music to drive to. Not sure what the officer might say if he pulls you up at a random stop and cops an earful but you're on your own from that point on. The music's not a a million miles away from Rock Science but a little more bent out of shape, and LOMS are living on the same quirky block as The Hekawis (although those guys have a slightly lower-fi house). LOMS could make a splash further afield - if the mood takes them. - The Barman
1/3 - Remnants From the Big Bang
1/2 - Mess It Up
BEEF WITH CHEESE - Legends of Motorsport (High Beam Music)
If contemporary music bands' outputs were equated to food and/or drink then Legends of Motorsport would be a Melbourne Bitter beer and beef steak, cooked rare.
With a band comprised of a drummer, two guitarists and a keyboardist, one might expect a sound reminiscent of a modern day Doors but, when thrown into the diverse Melbourne rock scene, such a result was not likely. This is something altogetehr more off-the-wall.
"Beef with Cheese" boasts five listed tracks and a secret sixth track. Both "On a Clear Night" and "Cream", the opening two tracks of this CDEP, would be certain starters in a "Stoner Rock 101" student prescribed text, with gut wrenchingly heavy guitars, droning, solid beat and screeching vocal delivery. "Cream" also paying a brief tribute to AC-DC.
The highlight might probably be "RX7" (named after the Mazda from the mid 1980s). With amazing guest vocals from Ms Linda J, starting from low and sultry to loud, searing and scorching and displaying incredible emotional desperation, she delivers in the manner of Melbourne's ex-Satellite vocalist Mia Stone (once dubbed the female Ronnie James Dio from Black Sabbath) and the band rises to the occasion to be at its scorching best.
"Beef with Cheese" is packed with five similiarly impressively solid cuts of keyboard-and-guita-driven stoner rock.Make mine with the lot. - Simon Li
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