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Swearing At Motorists, aka Dave Doughman, a very friendly man with a cracking moustache, hasn't put out any records in a while, but now he's back with a new single right now and a new album quite soon, which is exciting. I have a bit of a head start on this review because these songs have been available for a while online, but I'm happy to see they've been pressed on vinyl too.
On this EP you get two new songs, a demo of one of those songs, and a cover of The Smiths' 'Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want'. Those of you who are already familiar with Mr Motorists' work will know the formula. It's incredibly economical music, relying on Doughman's rich, warm vocals alongside fairly basic guitar and percussion. There's some double-tracked vocals and guitar overdubs throughout the studio numbers, but everything is perfectly placed and nothing seems surplus to requirements (although the lead track sounds great stripped down to an acoustic guitar and solitary vocal on the demo that closes the EP).
I remember when I first got one of his records it took me a while to come to terms with the fact the songs were all over so fast and didn't seem to have choruses, but that's because he gets straight to the point, no pissing about (none of these tracks pass the two-minute mark, not even the Smiths cover), and his vocals and lyrical turn of phrase are genuinely emotionally affecting.
An excellent EP, the two new tracks in particular. Very much looking forward to the album.
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