M.O.T.O.''s RAW POWER CD named TOP LOCAL RELEASE in 2005 by The Chicago Reader - here''s the blurb! - https://www.tradebit.com
1. M.O.T.O. Raw Power | Criminal IQ Plenty of local albums released this year were more polished and ambitious than the latest from Paul Caporino''s long-running punk outfit M.O.T.O., but not one of them was more fun. The two decades Caporino has spent sharpening his hooky pop songwriting, precise eighth-note riffage, and so-dumb-they''re-brilliant lyrics have paid off handsomely -- if Raw Power had been released in the late 70s it might now be ranked alongside the best of the Ramones or the Undertones. The 14 lo-fi, high-adrenaline tunes charge by in 34 minutes, and the band''s boneheaded shtick (the first two tracks are called "2-4-6-8 Rock ''n'' Roll" and "Gonna Get Drunk Tonight") belies a rigorous economy and focus. Caporino gets an impressive variety of shades from a three-chord palette: His snotty bubblegum melodies on songs like "Deliver Deliver Deliver" and "Piano Jazz Radio" can trigger surprisingly powerful swells of emotion. He does goofy gabba-gabba-hey punk rock with the best of them ("Getting It Up for Physics," "Flipping You Off With Every Finger of My Hand"), but his wise guy''s take on adolescence is as sophisticated as it is funny -- he can invoke the ache of longing by denying that he feels anything. And on "Primeval" -- less a conventional pop song than a mantra -- he manages to make compelling music by repeating a single line for two minutes. Nothing against all the bands out there trying to guess which kind of punk will get fashionable next, but Raw Power is still gonna sound great in 20 years, when everybody''s forgotten about Interpol -- it''s rock ''n'' roll without a sell-by date. - Bob Mehr -
M.O.T.O. - Raw Power CD - Criminal IQ Records
Originally planned as “Metallic K.O.” but Tom Jones threatened legal action. Paul Caporino and company unleash more rocking humdingers on the world dominated by pap (not inspiring pop/power pop/pop punk) including yet another fresh weenie song "Getting It Up For Physics." M.O.T.O. have a feel for common anxiousness, desperation, fear, vulnerability, and adventure people feel when hungry for love; simultaneously mining areas of great old Chicago power pop bands like Green with The RAMONES, DICKIES, DIDGITS etc. Energy and wit! Some organ (and kick ass harpsichord) and acoustic guitar are added for more texture. This years version of RAW POWER allows Paul to show his song writing muscle and coupled with the music they becomes “Ubermoto” leaving a song that sticks with you for a life time. These are yet more winning examples of MOTO''s might which deserve to be played all over the country wherever there are radios available...especially in diners that have great milkshakes and creative ways of preparing fast food. MOTO makes great summer music! This record was NUMBER 1 CD in the CHICAGO READER for 2005 REVIEWS. Who on Earth would call their album Raw Power? At first you think they don’t know what they’re doing, then you think their just stupidly audacious, then you find out that they’ve been around since 1988 and so it’s just a great reverse inverse record-geek joke. They’re like “This is our Raw Power!” and they’re right; It’s two giant Balls on fire! – ARTHUR MAGAZINE
M.O.T.O. play super-melodic, fun punk rock that reminds me a bit of PANSY DIVISION and a more melodic SLOPPY SECONDS and a touch of the MANGES. The song titles are great, check some of these out: ‘Getting It Up For Physics’, ‘Flipping You Off With Every Finger On My Hand’, ‘Let’s Nail It To The Moon’, ‘Spend The Night On Me’, ‘All-Night Vivarin Jag’, ‘Girl Girl Inhale’…and the band member names are hilarious too: Paul Caporino Of The Apes, Sir Dennis Eton Spagg, Laurence Museum Of Death, Timothy Chevy Van Ford and Garret The Pride Of Antioch Hammond who supplies the ‘keyboard sounds at crucial momnets’. I really, really enjoyed this and to be honest I didn’t have a clue what to expect from this album through the presentation but I thought it would be a lot darker than it is- but I’m glad it’s not! Just cool, melodic punk rock- simple and fun which I have a lot of time for when it’s done well because pop-punk has sure changed since the days of the characteristic Lookout! sound and M.O.T.O. are full of that magnetism that I was very attached to when I was growing up so a definite thumbs up fpr this CD with every thumb on my hand. ------- https://www.tradebit.com
Another scorching blast from long-running Chicago favorites M.O.T.O. The band continues their hot-rocking ways, delivering another full-force album of powerful, humorous, and infectiously catchy punk rock action. Wild. -------- https://www.tradebit.com
This file is sold by music, an independent seller on Tradebit.