What keeps a band out on the road, year after year, playing for the same few dozen fans, as their career circles the drain? Swearing at Motorists singer-guitarist Dave Doughman, a former soundman for Guided by Voices, has been slogging it out for more than a decade, forging lo-fi pop with a lyrical bite. Those endless miles and nightly last calls are the subject of the Dayton duo's latest, Last Night Becomes This Morning
. From "Losing the Battle, Losing the War" through the album-closing "Suicide on the Installment Plan," Doughman analyzes his life with unblinking honesty -- "Ten Dollars" recalls hooking up post-show and scoring drugs on shady street corners. Though lyrically bleak, Doughman never seems maudlin so much as dumbstruck -- "Why do you do what you do? You don't know, you just do," he sings on "Timing Is Everything." Last Night
is a dark, road-worn masterpiece.