Like a snarling junkyard dog preparing to attack, the massively distorted opening guitar riff to “Gimme What I Want” is a clear forewarning of the sonic antagonism about to unfold.
Only seconds after said warning, Joe Tacke's bass and Jeff Friedman's drums lunge forth with ferocity, bite down, and drag you into the verse. Once there, singer/guitarist Sammy Kidd bellows rasping vocals that are flawed in all the right ways. His voice confidently strains, breaks, and desperately screams its way through enormously catchy verses and choruses. While Kidd makes his demands, Tacke and Friedman sustain an unrelenting assault of rhythm. The chorus then leads you into an unexpected psychedelic bridge featuring a trippy, reverb-soaked Hammond organ and a fuzzed-out guitar solo.
I found myself trying to crank the already-maxed-out stereo dial, pathetically wishing I could somehow make the song louder. This song makes me want to cruise through posh neighborhoods with my windows rolled down, just to see how many disapproving looks I can attract. I want to share this song with as many kids as possible, specifically to induce rebellion that will piss off their parents. What can I say? I can’t help but feel giddy when I find out a three-piece band is responsible for as much aural vigor as Mean Motor Scooter.
“Gimme What I Want” is only one track off Mean Motor Scooter’s newly released EP, which the band is currently promoting through a series of local shows. The self-titled EP is available in the form of CD, cassette, and digital download. For more information -- as well as a live stream -- visit Mean Motor Scooter’s Bandcamp page.
Their upcoming shows are listed (and linked) below. Trust me: If their live show is anything like their album, you won’t want to miss a chance to see this high energy garage rock trio!