Four years ago, South London’s Giddy Motors kicked the collective asses of music journalists and fans of all things abrasive with their harsh Jesus Lizard meets Captain Beefheart headkick Make It Pop!. Spastic and raw in all the right ways, that kick left many wanting another sweet boot to the ears, and while it took four years to do so, Giddy Motors are back and re-energized to deliver more aural brutality with their latest album, Do Easy. Less concerned with free jazz freakouts as they are with just rocking the fuck out this time around, Giddy Motors offer a fitting follow up that’s a bit more straightforward, though by no means less scattered.
Opening track “Sick” with its menacing guitar crash and tense bass rumblings make it pretty darn clear that the Jesus Lizard-like sound of before isn’t going anywhere. Heaviness claims the band’s sound almost completely in this round, and the UK trio show absolutely no mercy. Hookier riffs emerge on the screeching Tourette’s rocker “Kapow,” which explodes like its onomatopoeic namesake. Far more disturbing, however, is “Panzrama,” a nerve-wracking song dealing with American 1920s serial killer Charles Panzram, a remorseless, some might say truly evil human being that was responsible for the deaths of 21 people, and around a thousand rapes. This viciousness is reflected in vocalist Gaverick de Vis’ hellish howling of “Disease! Disease! Inside You! Inside You!” Songs like these are surely not for the faint of heart.
Though Do Easy contains only eight tracks and only runs a bit longer than half an hour, it’s no less a thoroughly pummeling listen, one that will exhaust one rather quickly without proper preparation. “Nego” is nothing if not a pounding mess of vitriol and volume. “Down With a High Heel” is less directly explosive, yet no less grating, its sideways bass throb and off-kilter progression creating an almost nauseating atmosphere. And I mean that in the best way, of course.
At track seven, Giddy Motors finally provide some respite in the relatively subdued, yet no less eerie “Endgame,” an instrumental song that lets your own fear get the better of you, rather than be subject to the band’s own unrelenting force. Revel in that, however, because by the final track, “Dot Dot Dot,” all that’s left is noise—some have even called this track “unlistenable” and that’s not too far off. On an album of merciless moments, this one takes the cake. Do Easy is awesome on many levels, but the uninitiated may want to bring reinforcements. It could get ugly.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.