Not a single chord on Giddy Motors’ second album sounds good. Each one is strangled and jagged, flecked with nasty chunks of crackling distortion that set your ears on fire and then rip ’em off while they’re still burning. And that’s just fine by me. At a time when indie bands all jostle for airplay with pretty guitar tones and pleasant disco beats, these Londoners dare to be ugly.
There’s something totally sincere about the band’s ramrod sonic approach, even if you’ve heard those lumbering rhythms and scabby guitars a thousand times before on your old Jesus Lizard and Shellac albums. Plus, Giddy Motors have a formidable vocalist in Gaverick de Vis, the missing link between Dylan and David Yow. Do Easy may not be as deviously manic as the band’s 2002 debut, Make It Pop (due, in part, to the substitution of twenty-one-year-old producer Tobias Warwick-Jones for noise-rock demigod Steve Albini), but songs like “Nego” and “Down With a High Heel” make up for it through sheer electric fury. And kudos to whoever decided to put the straight noise track “Dot Dot Dot” at the end of Do Easy: It alternates between silent stretches and unlistenable shards of noise, as if the members of Giddy Motors were destroying their own equipment in the studio piece by piece and were kind enough to keep the tape rolling.