Ugly Beats- Motor LP. Austin’s the Ugly Beats really take a step up in production on their third LP ‘Motor’. For this new record they use master engineer Bob Widenhofer’s 16-track, 1/2” reel to reel console, and that move from 8-track to 16-track really allows the band to stretch out their harmonies and instrumentation to create a fuller and more in depth sound than on previous records. It really shows on tracks like the speaker stinging “Bee Line”, the Brummels-esque “All Comes Back”, the deceptively dark “Funny Girl” and the hypnotizing “World Has a Ways to Go”. And one of the shining moments on the record is “Harm’s Way” which was recorded at the legendary rockabilly/blues studio Fort Horton Studios to nail that vintage Bobby Fuller vibe the song called for. All in all, you get twelve foot stompers including the air guitar-worthy instrumental title track and a rousing Neil Diamond cover. An instant classic from one of the best garage bands of this era.