Sunday, January 12, 2014
Andi DERIS and The Bad Bankers: "Million Dollar Haircuts On Ten Cent Heads"
Label: Edel 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
The former Pink Ceam 69 and current Helloween singer Andi Deris with his spanking new gang and the first "solo project" in 14 years. What to expect from Andi and the Bad Bankers a.k.a. three sunny geezers from Tenerife, Canary Islands? Well. I certainly did not expect to hear such nonsense coming out from the loud speakers as the opening three tracks of "Cock", "Will We Ever Change" and "Banker's Delight". Major shock value as the songs are basically rubbish and utterly forgettable in the vein of any third rate version of Rob Zombie.
Lyrically, the album deals with crap managers, crap bankers, crap politicians, and basically any or everything that's not to his liking. It's merely a shame that Andi's 'top 100 current topics to complain about' did not include crap songwriting as any decent performer would quickly erase those opening tracks and re-start from scratch. Things are looking up with "Blind" (pun intended?) even though it's kind of wimpy and power ballad-ish.
The proper songs are all mid-through the album with catchy little numbers such as "Don't Listen To The Radio", "Who Am I", "Enamoria" and "This Could Go One Forever". It's a very schizo album with two different sides of the metal coin and it's shocking poor at times. Nah. I'd rather play me some 'Done By Mirrors' as this is clearly rock by numbers...