Sunday, February 05, 2006
The Motards - s/t
The Motards s/t 7" (Motards, 1994)
Steering away from the less known and hard to find, this time we are gonna focus on a record that is impossible to ignore. The Motards self released debut is the 7" that finally "broke" low-fi. While others (The Mummies, Supercharger, The Gories, The Oblivions...hell, Link Wray) had been doing low fi punk recording before the Motards, it was this Texas five piece that made THE low fi record. Yes, you could argue that there are better low fi 7"s (I can count a few by the Oblivions and at least one Teengenerate), but this was the 7" that started to make people think of low fi as something other than a raw, dirty, and/or technically inept recording. It was the first record I heard where all the sludge and fuzz and shit melded to perfection. And it influenced a hell of a lot of bands, recordists, and labels. Low fi as a movement? As a lifestyle? Hell, why not.
I remember when I first heard this record. I had mailed out a stack of Los Huevos's second 7"s to bands and labels that I thought might dig it. I included a note asking them to trade me their record if they liked what they got from me. One person responded. Dave Head from the Motards sent me their first. I went home and put the record on and was floored. Here was a band that tapped into the sound that I was trying to get. From the opening fuzz filled riff to the last thud, I knew I knew this band. This record became the record that I measured others, including the ones I made and released.
The band was from Austin, Texas. They kicked around for a year or so and then record and released this 7". I wasn't the only one who went ga ga over it and, soon, they were mobbed with request by labels. They ended up putting out nearly a half dozen 7"s and a few LPs. To my ears, this one and the King of Blues 7" are their high points. They broke up toward the late 90s.
So here you go, a cut from one of the most important 7"s of the 1990s. - Scott S.
"...one of the most important 7"s of the 1990s" Great call.
they definitely didn't make it out to NYC. They had an east coast tour planned with a show at CB's, but it fell through for some reason.