92392-2 Stay Loaded
Produced by Mitch Easter and Motocaster
Released on 1994
no chart information
Find it at GEMM
92392-2 back cover (front mia)
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I love you, Moto. You’re a three-legged, psychedelic cheetah. You’re Nirvana and Teenage Fanclub and, well, maybe Weezer if somebody dies: pop metal power trios of the dork distortion generation (distorqueshun). How they didn’t become overnight heroes, who can say. Poor promotion was part of it probably, saturation with the Seattle sound too. But even Tad got their two minutes, and somebody should have carved out time for Motocaster. I hear alternative radio hits in “The Buddha,” “The Habit” and “Pull the Plug.” The rest of the record does nothing less than totally rock, with a little Hendrix fire here (“Motorolla Blues”), a touch of vulnerability there (“Truth”). Guitarist Bo Taylor sets his axe on sonic stun in a relentless assault on the senses that doesn’t let up until the last note of “Sweet Pearl.” Bassist Brian Sliwa and drummer/mellotron(!) man Jon Heames rise to the challenge, building Husker Du-it-yourself walls of sound. Some have likened it Sonic Youth, and I honestly couldn’t tell you; I keep coming back to Bandwagonesque and Frank Black’s Cult of Ray and thinking how Stay Loaded is loads better. The vocals (credited to Bo and Brian) are buried in the mix, but it only adds to the murky mystique of Motocaster. Unfortunately, since they didn’t stick around after Stay Loaded, mystique is all they have. A handful of critical reviews remain from history, none more important than Trouser Press, who did their part to pluck Motocaster and Shirk Circus from obscurity. You can’t change history and if we’ve learned anything from history it’s that we don’t learn anything from history, but you can at least revisit history. Pick up a used copy of Stay Loaded (mine looks to be lacking a front cover) and give Motocaster the forty minutes they deserved back in 1994.

92392-2 picture sleeve
92392-2 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. THE BUDDHA
  2. THE HABIT
  3. STRAIGHTFACED
  4. FARAH
  5. BROKEN EYES
  6. PULL THE PLUG
  7. URANUS
  8. DUAL-ACTIVE
  9. TRUTH    (Lee Johnson)
  10. MOTOROLLA BLUES
  11. SWEET PEARL

    All songs written by Motocaster unless noted

CREDITS

JON HEAMES -- drum kit, mellotron
BRIAN SLIWA -- bass, vox
BO TAYLOR -- guitar, vox
Mitch Garcia -- pedal steel (4)

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1994 Interscope LP/CD 92392-2 picture sleeve
UK 1994 Beggars Banquet LP/CD/CS BBQCD 165  

 

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