Album Review of:
‘MOTORMOUTH Volumes 1, 2 & 3’
by NICK TOCZEK (SOUND SHACK RECORDS)
Unlike his YouTube clips this is just voice, unplugged. A virtual reading, complete with intro’s. Face-to-facing himself. He motormouths accessible narratives about smokers outside pubs and overnight snow in found language, about thingummy who loves whatsisname. Bits of tourism from Qatar, Athens, Spain, Istanbul, and the Cairo ‘tooting car-men’, but mostly Bratfud where ‘this city eats itself’. Words cleverly collide in rhyme, riffing, quipping, in zigzag ricochets, piled-up crumpled and impacted, smashed, shape-changed, punchlined, reinvented, spat, shat and bled out. Yet, although it’s never less than sharp, and he tunes his street-cred appropriately with a junkie friend and ‘girls as pretty as petrol bombs’, for a supposed Brit-anarchist there’s little that’s dangerous or confrontational. At least, not here. While the notoriously anti-biz Sound Shack label don’t mess with new-fangled website mail-order, you must order these CD’s in actual shops, or trundle along to a live gig, but at £2 a pop, or just £5 for all 56-tracks it’s a deal worth hunting out (or get them from Nick’s own Blog).
‘R2: ROCK ‘N’ REEL’
Volume.2 No.38 (Mar/April) (UK –March 2013)