This ‘Motherfucker’ article was written by Connor Anderson, a GIGsoup contributor

2*With these vocals and musical style, it’s impossible not to make the link between Motherfucker and 80’s/90’s fuzz-skate punk. The opening track ‘I’m fucking Dick Dale’ is strong – it has good progression, bass and drums that work well together with decent rhythmic movement. The guitar holds a classic fuzz, discord sound and is even a-tonal in places – exactly what is to be expected from a band called ‘Motherfucker’, a solid punk sound with understated vocals. It portrays a reasonable outlook for the rest of the album; although the only thing the lyrics have in common are their ability to rhyme, so don’t look for any grand poetic expression here.

However, then comes the dreary drudge through the mid-card. If a song in this style is going to be repetitive and flat on the guitar then you’re relying on a vocal catch to break the monotony, but this is sorely lacking. What follows feels like a slight hangover from the catchy and driven opener; very basic, 2-dimensional, anti-melody and without any sort of informed direction. That’s part of the point of this album and don’t take that to be all bad, but it just gives an empty sense of ignored capability because the tone between the trio is well matched, with the bass and drums specifically on point throughout. Without any real hook however, there simply is no memorable ear-worm moments.

Most of the tracks are slow to get going before eventually rumbling on to the same semi tonal movement and guitar sustain, making every verse and chorus completely interchangeable and indistinguishable from the last. At times it’s like the drums and bass are dragging the guitar along by the neck (no pun intended) and every now and again you get a sniff of a half-decent punch – as if it’s building to what the song should’ve been, but then it ends.

All that said, there is something likeable about this release. The band have landed on their sound and will be damned if anyone wants them to veer away from it. Vocals are not the lead instrument here and if a comparison had to be drawn, it would be to a blend of L7, Silversun Pickups, Fu Manchu and Mudhoney. There is nothing revolutionary or even overtly inspired here, and why would there be? ‘Motherfucker’ formed as a one-off high energy live act, who decided to continue this venture into the studio. This is reflected in the repetitive nature of the albums songwriting, sticking to familiar techniques and structure.

“Good time”, starts off with just random notes on the guitar. It certainly does not transport to some angst ridden, itch infested land of punk rock but again, the bass and drums make the save just before you would be forced to skip it completely. Goes to show how important it is to get the balance right within a band’s dynamic, this could easily have drowned in its own fuzz.

‘Confetti (in your fucking face)’ sounds like it was lifted straight from a Jack Off Jill album, and is a disappointing title track. ‘Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues’; the bridge melody strikes as a more basic version of ‘Hangin’ tree – Q.O.T.S.A.’… when it eventually got going about 3 minutes in. The rest of the song is made up of a dizzying 2 note rotation, reminiscent of downing too many tequilas.

The track listing could be completely chosen at random for all it really matters and should probably have been lessened to about 4 or 5 tracks for the lack of any tonal diversity. It’s to be expected that ‘Motherfucker’ would certainly carry some shock value from their name into their music, but it just doesn’t translate that way.

The album ends with “ZANG!” which is the best track – finally the punchy punk rock that was promised. An interesting arrangement but still clinging to the basics so obviously favoured throughout , with effective and dark leads into a much unexpected groove. Don’t be misled, this release is held together with the bass and drums, acting as the semi-sober friend to a wildly drunk and unruly guitar, stepping in when it starts to babble incoherently. This is not going to turn anyone new onto the genre, but if 90’s fuzz punk is your thing then a nostalgic part of you will appreciate this.

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