|Motortrain - 'Straight 6' (SlamBang Records)|
|Written by Craggy|
|Tuesday, 31 January 2012 05:30|
Westville, Oklahoma, is a small town hidden somewhere deep within the USA. Its population may be comparable to the turnout at Ewood Park this year, but if you listen carefully, you may just hear the essence of tremors emanating from that town placed right in 'the middle of nowhere'. You see, they make them loud in Westville. From a population of a mere 1,500 their most notable children are WWE's charismatic commentator, Jim Ross, and these noisy brawlers, Motortrain.
'Straight 6', released through SlamBang Records, is Motortrain's debut EP, and offers up no nonsense, southern-tinted rock 'n' roll. Their ethic is a body-slam to the canvas kind of approach, riding on influences such as those dust-stomping legends Supersuckers and Nashville Pussy, mixed with hard rock riffing born in the '70s and living through the '80s.
The sharp riffs kick off from the first with the band's self-titled rocker, 'Motortrain', inviting you to step up and take the bait before their very own wrestling anthem, 'Backyard Brawler', drags you into the ring and forces you to go a round with them in an almost Skid Row fashion.
The band's aim with 'Straight 6' is to provide a stripped-back party soundtrack to steer us all through the hard times. The EP pretty much lives up to this goal. Yeah, sometimes the sound is can be a bit hollow, craving some extra power in the rhythm section, and the fade-out in 'Bombs Away' is a little misplaced, but light-hearted subjects such as 'She's Hot' and 'Bad Girls', dressed up in standard AC/DC style riffs, don't fail to get that foot tapping.
'Goin' Goin' Gone' rounds the EP off in raucous fashion with the rousing chorus remaining in the air long after the track is finished. If you like it rough and sweaty, Oklahoma's Motortrain are your boys.