Jacking into an amp, stomping on a Superfuzz pedal and screaming into the night in two-minute blasts can be perfect medicine. For Fort Worths Mean Motor Scooter, getting loud and fast changed everything.
Its opened up a lot of doors for us as far as places that we can play, said MMS bassist Joe Tacke, who performs with the group at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at Your Moms Place, 3201 N. May Ave. But theres also the freedom of the music. Three chords strung together always sounds good.
Before Mean Motor Scooter, Tacke, singer-guitarist Sammy Kidd and drummer Jeffrey Chase Friedman had a lot more restraint in their lives. Friedman and Kidd were in an acoustic pop group called Endless Sky, and Tacke played in the Dallas indie-pop group Spookeasy, which released its album Faux Show in 2012.
When those groups ran their course, Tacke said he and his bandmates bonded over their love of heavy, blasted-out garage rock.
We listen to a lot of Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees and Eagles of Death Metal, Husker Du, those kind of bands, so we have a lot of varying influences, he said. But we definitely set out to be a grungier, 60s-and-70s garage-rock band.
True to that vision, Mean Motor Scooters self-titled 2015 EP provides the perfect soundtrack to flooring it in a T-top Trans Am reeking to the headliner with skunk weed.
Following an intro that crunches like a long-lost Deep Purple instrumental, the group immediately engages with their scuzz-rock spirits on Monsters, sounding a little like Kurt Cobain taking a fast Slow Ride with Foghat.
The group downshifts for Son, Im an Alien before revving back to top speed for the grand finale, Put Me Down Like a Dog.
Mean Motor Scooters commitment to loud and fast rules quickly resulted in a large and loyal DFW following. The trios unending onstage energy resulted in the group winning Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards Rock Band of the Year trophy in 2016.
For their next trick, Mean Motor Scooter will release a full-length album in March. Titled Hindu Flying Machines, it takes the bands garage barrage and sends it about 10 years farther into the past.
A concept album about the Sumerians, Hindu Flying Machines is filled with Kidds lyrics about airborne cities and lizards descending to Earth to impregnate humans.
I think youre going to hear a lot more 60s sounds to it, Tacke said. Our drummer knows everything about every punk band thats ever been, but Ive been listening to a lot of T. Rex lately, too, so thats coming through a little bit now.
Before taking off with Mean Motor Scooter, Kidd and Friedman sang more sensitive songs like Alprazolam, their ode to Xanax, and Spookeasy recorded a trippy psych-rock track titled Im Tired. But with their new group, Tacke, Friedman and Kidd have no time for exhaustion or ennui as Mean Motor Scooter burns rubber.
In our previous bands, we never had crowd surfers, Tacke said. Thats been a welcome change, for sure.
Print Headline: All cylinders, Fort Worths Mean Motor Scooter blows the doors off garage rock.