Motorpsycho - Heavy Metal Fruit

From Aural Innovations April 2010 update

I recently picked up the 3 side vinyl version of the new Motorpsycho record and I was not sure what to expect. But the bands last two records I think are the best they have done so I had high hopes and I was not disappointed. The band show many new styles and stick with a lot of long, jamming tracks with many different parts from laid back Grateful Dead like to jazz to full on psychedelic rock. Of course, they still have their melodic pop sensibility in a certain sense but it is not as direct, which I like a lot. The first side is a cool etching so you have to get to side B to hear the music, which is a strange approach. Starhammer starts things off with a very heavy symphonic sound before they settle into a cool heavy groove before they space out and let the music take them with the flow as it slowly builds up in intensity again but also seems to toy with you as you wait for the band to explode or something loud to happen and then the bass decides to take the lead as the intensity builds again and it gets more spacey and Snah lays down some cool guitar and then the symphonic return. X-3 (Knuckleheads in Space) picks up the pace in this fast grooving track. This will be amazing live if they jam it out! Great stuff and spacey as well. This leads directly into The Getaway Special, which is a bit jazzy and features Mathias Eick on Trumpet as he and Snah trade some licks and Bent keeps the groove flowing. Side C starts off with The Bomb Proof Roll and Beyond (for Arnie Hassle). This starts with a great heavy bass line that dominates the track as it slowly builds and takes off for the next 10 minutes or so and enters into a cool totally psychedelic section before exiting into normality. Excellent. Close your Eyes starts as a piano piece but it slowly builds up in a really spacey way until the close. W.B.A.T closes side C and sounds like we came right into the middle of a jam session between Snah and someone on keyboards with Bent laying down the heavy bass line with the drummer just grooving. Very cool jazzy, psychedelic piece and then the main heavy guitar riff kicks in, almost like MP are going to play some stoner rock! Great song. The band is using all it’s imagination and creating amazing tracks that I can hear over and over. This is the side of the record that I have played the most. Side D is one long track broken into 4 parts called Gullible’s Travails. It is the most melodic track and takes many twists and turns and leaves you wanting more. It is so amazing to see a band that has been around 20 years producing their best material ever, now…

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Reviewed by Scott Heller

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