Album #190: Motorama – Poverty

  • Released: 2015
  • Origin: Rostov-on-Don, Russia
  • Label: Self-released
  • Best Track: Lottery

There’s an interesting scene of Eastern European post-punk that’s getting very little attention over here. I’ve been listening to the Belarusian band Molchat Doma lately, and was about to review their last album, but they’re hinting at releasing another one soon, so under my fairly daft self-imposed “one album per act” rule, I’ve decided to hold off on it.

Instead, I thought I’d check out a band they included on a Spotify playlist of Eastern European Darkwave. Motorama hail from the South West Russian port city of Rostov-on-Don, and 2015’s Poverty was their third of five albums to date.

Quite unfortunately for mid-2020, it opens with a track called ‘Corona’. Fortunately, it’s a good song and sets the tone for a generally solid album. Elsewhere, the rousing chorus of ‘Old’ stands out, as does the uptempo ‘Lottery’ with its jangly guitars.

It would be harsh to call this album post-punk by numbers, although it does feature the standard ingredients of the genre without too much being changed – the prominent bass, the murky guitars and the stern, echo-drenched vocals. The formula is rarely deviated from, but it’s a good formula, and Motorama purvey it well.

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