Exploding from the front end of a cannon like a rockabilly Cheap Trick, the Deterants manage to pull off quite a feat with Motors for Tricycles: wry pop songs with a punk rock sneer on one face and a honky tonk grin on the other. This is good-natured all-American rock that makes you want to hot-wire a '77 Chevy Impala with one of your friends and drive around two-lane highways all night. Throughout the album the Deterants display a distinctive musical style, a bit like the Replacements with more twang. The first track "Beaver's Creek" finds songwriter Ian Trumbull recalling his fictional youth in a Mayberry-esque small town, reminiscing about creek fishin' and lost love. While the subject matter might seem sappy, the tune is fast-paced, filled with guitar pickin' and bright harmonies. Complementing every backwoods stomper on Motors for Tricycles is a power-pop anthem in the spirit of Alex Chilton by way of the Jam. Rockers like "Right Smack Dab" and "What's in a Name?" are packed with drum punch, bass pluck, guitar jangle, and everything pushed into the red.
AllMusic Review by Zac Johnson