Ikey Mo - Beginner's Guide to Self Defence
There is a musical genre for just about everything now. One of the latest fads taking over Southern Californian airwaves at the moment is Narcocorrido - Mexican Gangster Folk. With this in mind, let's turn our attention to Ikey Mo and their album "Beginners Guide to Self Defence". I hate to use the words Post-Grunge, but like Jesse "The Body" Ventura, I call 'em like I see 'em.
Featuring members of great local talent such as Anodyne 500, Collide, Burnsyde and Vinyl, Ikey Mo have the goods to go all the way. Find security in Adam Safe's electrifying bass tomfoolery. He sets a tone for the band that the others can't help but follow. Feel satisfied with Chris Fuller's axework. Rediscover your youth with Glen Young's six-string heroics. Gary Kump's drumming: world class.
Ikey Mo aren't here to argue, they're simply here to rock. Testify.
- Ray Hoginski
IKEY MO - "Beginner's Guide to Self-Defence"
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In the wake of Anodyne 500s demise a few years back there was always the hope that its various members may go on to fulfil the tragically unfulfilled potential of their former band in particular frontman Chris Fuller. So naturally when Ikey Mo, fronted by Fuller, emerged from the rubble soon after there were automatic expectations. Unfortunately, it was always going to be difficult to live up to what was expected of them, and with a string of line up changes and hit and miss live shows (they were a new band after all), for a while the future wasnt looking too bright. But what some perhaps failed to consider (and the faithful never forgot) was that it was always the quality and depth of Fullers songs that had set Anodyne apart in the first place. Which is why its so good to hear that on Ikey Mos debut recorded release hes in as fine a form as ever.
As consistent a batch of songs as you could possibly hope for (apparently each of the five songs have already received airplay in different parts of the country) its hard pinpoint highlights on Beginners Guide To Self Defence. Whether its the now familiar Evil Knievel and Chemical Girl, or the more epic pop climbs of Orpheus and Know Who You Are (my current fave) youll probably find that, like me, youll have a new favourite track with each listen. Perhaps itd be easy to level accusations of same-i-ness at Ikey Mos debut, what with pretty consistently rocking guitars harmonised vocal melodies running rife throughout the entire disc, but this reviewer doesnt ever remember that being a particularly bad thing. Besides, theres a dark sense of humour that keeps a watchful eye on proceedings, and never lets the depths stagnate. Neuromancer, funny like cancer (one the years best lyrics for mine) and Chemical Girls incredibly cynical Hello, hello, hello, hello are case in point.
But its not all cynicism either. The latter tracks, the growers, maintain the darkness in the lyrics without looking to humour, but rather openly display emotion. Know Who You Ares key lyric Could you be the one to put out the sun? Im thinking so in the afterglow is perhaps an inroad into what makes one of Perths most respected songwriters tick. Its a mix of the accessible and the not-so, both lyrically and musically, and its an intriguing ride throughout.