Anthrax’s Scott Ian returns with another band he formed out of absolutely nowhere. Some of remember his band The Damned Things, right? Well, at the age of 50 he decided it was time to jam and give one of his favorite bands, Mother Superior, a rebirth. Jim Wilson was certain to accept, and with talented members like Joey Vera, John Tempsta and Ian’s wife Pearl Aday, there came the birth of Motor Sister, a Scott Ian’s somewhat tribute band to Mother Superior (well, in this case, Jim Wilson). With Ride now driving it’s way across the shelves, is it worth jumping on board?
Ride opens up with the groove rock we were all expecting with A Hole. Wilson nails it with his vocals and the riff does catch your ears with a fishhook, a great intro with rapid groove. The wah pedal kicks in with This Song Reminds Me Of You. This song is takes things quite gently, but when it goes soft it kind of loses focus on the groove which to me was distracting, but the solo makes up for it. Beg Borrow Steal is a cheery and catchy 3rd song with a tasty AC/DC grit to it. Fool Around is the longest song on Ride and offers a beautiful balance between calm and crazy. Get That Girl is one of my favorites on this, it’s short, simple and fun to sing along to.
Head Hanging Low gives us a great country aspect to the album, a much more delightful and laid back song than the rest. Fork In The Road is an energetic classic, the riff is vicious and the fast tempo adds a swift kick to the album. In comes the sort of title track, Little Motor Sister, continuing the groove rock stride across the album. Pretty In The Morning gives off Graham Bonnet-era Rainbow vibes, heavy and addictive like a tonne of coffee from the mountains of Colombia. The ladies anthem pops up with a great rock n roll grit as Whore pops up from the depths of the album, and Doghouse gives the exact same gracious feel. The last song to finish the album is Devil Wind, with a strong acoustic intro with pounding drum beat that brings out an beastly and adventurous side to Ride.
Ride is a covers album, well a re-record…it’s one of those. This is a fantastic rock album that feels fun and is easy to listen to, even if Aday is somewhat irrelevant in some circumstances on this album. She harmonises perfectly with Wilson, but I would of loved to have heard more from her. Afterall, it’s Wilson’s creation so I reckon there will be disagreement with that. However, this album is a sensational feel to it, it feels energetic and exciting with it’s groove riffs and beastly solos. Any fans of Mother Superior should buy this album, even if they have the older material.