Album Review: Zen Motel – “Choking On The Chrome”
It’s safe to say that Zen Motel have been a band we here at Pure Rawk have a long history with, and it’s heartening to see that they’re still cranking out their filthy ‘n’ furious brand of sleaze-punk a decade plus on from this website’s first association with them. In that time, we’ve seen them keep on growing as a band, with frontman Lee Wray working with everyone from CJ Wildheart to the Dead Identities as a producer while the band have continued to crank out their own scuzz-punk to an admirably high standard.
Choking On The Chrome is their fourth album following on from 2013’s We Want Your Blood, and listening to the bile-spitting opener Hell Or Nothing, it’s pretty obvious that time isn’t mellowing this lot out at all. Although the equally vicious London Is Dead and Choke have a similar amount of venom, the slower paced Killing Me and the sinister I Want Your Drugs show a variety to the sound that’s the mark of this group’s experience.
To add to the album itself, there’s also nine bonus cover versions including their take on Sister by Therapy?, Nirvana’s Opinion, Devo’s Whip It, the Sleaford Mods’ Tweet Tweet Tweet and Art Brut’s Bang Bang Rock ‘n’ Roll. The group tackle a pretty diverse selection of songs with ferocity and panache, and it makes for an interesting insight into their influences.
Another high quality offering of the vitriolically scuzzy brand of punked-up rock 'n' roll that Zen Motel do so well. Those who've been following them for a while (which I'm sure is quite a few of you reading this) should find plenty to enjoy here, while those unfortunate enough not to have discovered these guys yet might just have a new favourite band waiting for them to find. Recommended.