Giddy Motors - Magmanic [FatCat Records - 2003]The Giddy Motors are back with an excellent EP, released on both vinyl and as CD-single. The great debut album Make It Pop from this British trio has already conquered a big part of the rock / punk scene but the appetite for more blasting material isn’t satisfied just yet.
The original way of performing the Jesus Lizard style punk with jazz influences comes freshly forward in Magmanic. The full-length album’s opening track is energetically produced by Steve Albini, and the intensity oozes like never before. The punk rock violence and chaos is backed with the deranged vocals of Gaverick De Vis, playing with rock and roll like it’s nothing at all.
But a single wouldn’t be a single if there wasn’t a B-side. Eisbar is a song that originally is recorded by the Swiss new wave / punk band Grauzone, which is unknown to me and probably to you too. The German lyrics give this “de-arranged” version an even more psychedelic and strange touch; the hardcore punk riffs and (de)pressing use of rhythms do the rest. Eisbar is an excellent track that makes Giddy Motors stand out from other bands in the genre. Not on the 7” vinyl but very present on the CD-release is Tight Sauce, a remake of the track Bottle Opener from the earlier mentioned debut full-length album. The ruthless noisy punk is taken to a new level when Giddy Motors take on their own creation. The version performed here is more violent, harder, faster and more “metal”. The last track is not mentioned in the booklet but it’s there. And what can illustrate Giddy Motors' hilarious and eccentric way of altering the punk & rock genre than a re-edition of the traditional German folk song Hanschen Klein?
Giddy Motors is a fantastic and original band with a great sense of humour, which deserves attention from punk & rock fans that are not afraid to try out the band’s alternative way of deconstructing and reconstructing the primitive tracks they perform. The Magmanic single is an admirable addition to the band’s discography, and the urge to see the seemingly impacting live show of this trio grows bigger. Do not dare to miss them; the tourdates can be found on the FatCat website.Justin Faase