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Bankrupt

Bankrupt: Bad Hair DayBad Hair Day (2004)
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Reviewer Rating: 1


Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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I've really always wanted to own my own restaurant. I've yet to determine what type of establishment would best suit me -- probably a pizza place, but nonetheless some sort of restaurant. I'm not typically good with money, decoration decisions, or many of the other things that come along with being .


I've really always wanted to own my own restaurant. I've yet to determine what type of establishment would best suit me -- probably a pizza place, but nonetheless some sort of restaurant. I'm not typically good with money, decoration decisions, or many of the other things that come along with being an entrepreneur, yet the idea just won't leave my head. However, I know myself pretty well, and thus, this will probably never actually come to fruition. Why not? Simple: The prospect of bankruptcy. Something like 80% of small businesses fail within the first year, with bankruptcy being one of the leading causes. Well, businesses aren't the only entity that can go bankrupt, as many a band have proved. The band Bankrupt certainly continue that tradition, and really do exemplify their namesake.

As people who frequently read my reviews know by now, if there's one thing that irks me more than any other, it's when it's overwhelmingly obvious that a band is not really playing, but instead going through the motions. If you can't put heart into your music then please, please, put down your instruments, pawn them, I really don't care, but don't put out records. There are so many deserving bands out there without record deals, that if you can't even motivate yourself to play with a little passion for 36 minutes, you're not deserving of a spot on any record label. In some cases, I don't even care so much that the recording sounds that fluid, that the lyrics are anything special, but play with some fucking heart.

Bankrupt play mid-tempo punk rock, with a few ska tangents (minus horns) thrown in for good, well, for some sort of measure. Maybe I should be grateful that the horrible monotony this album develops is broken, even if it's just for a few brief seconds on random song intros. Nothing deviates from the verse, chorus, verse with four-chord backing formula. It's entirely derivative, right down to the annoyingly nasal voice of the band's lead singer. I'll admit that I've heard worse voices, but this is in no way a compliment, and as a band they should really be striving for more than "oh, well I bet they've heard worse." The interplay between the musicians is far less cohesive than it should be for music of this simplicity; there's nothing to this that should prevent absolutely flawless delivery in every aspect, but alas, it is sloppy. The bass is drowned out almost entirely by the guitars, and the drums are just a clunky afterthought. And as afterthoughts go, that's the same description I have for the lyrics.

I will give credit where it is so due, that these guys are native to Hungary, and have written the bulk of their songs in what to them is a foreign language. It's maybe because of this that I find more enjoyment out of the 4 or 5 songs written in Hungarian as I cannot decipher the lyrics. For those that I can make out, I quickly realize I'd much rather they also be in Hungarian. This is pop-punk fodder at its worst;

And now I know humiliation's / Never felt so good, so please...be strict / With the slave you employ / ??Cos you're my lady lady Latex / and I'm your bondage boy.
I'd find those lyrics to be funny in one of two contexts: coming out of the mouth of Bob Barker, or at a Stephen Lynch show. Three guys from Europe? Better luck next time. I'll leave with a quote that applies to this record better than what I can say; as a good cook will always tell you, "A cookbook is only as good as its worst recipe."

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (July 20, 2005)

wait a minute. no one promoted his band

Anonymous (July 19, 2005)

Trying to promote your band by slagging off others is a well-known trait of the crappiest bands. Seems like Hungary is not short of shit stirrers either.

Anonymous (July 18, 2005)

Something Afghanist You must rock like noone else in Eastern Europe.

Anonymous (July 18, 2005)

This review is absolutelly righteous, this band sucks. There are more better bands in Hungary, Red Line Offside, Something Aganist You, these are the best bands of Hungary.

Anonymous (July 16, 2005)

Great band, shitty review.
"A reviewer is only as good as his worst review."

Anonymous (July 15, 2005)

why do you keep reviewing these dumb-as-rocks punk bands? you never like them, what's the point?

Anonymous (July 15, 2005)

I'm a huge fan of early SLF, and you can hear their influence in Start Again... this band would have deserved a much better review

Anchors (July 15, 2005)

Just so noone else will bother saying it, I completely agree with any complaints about this review. I must have done it pretty quickly, or not given a shit at all, because it's really not a great review.

My apologies.

Anonymous (July 15, 2005)

This reads like a parody of an Anchors review that BSD would have written. I found it to be briefly amusing.

Anonymous (July 15, 2005)

I've listened to their songs, and it's actually good punk rock music, not the usual emo/metal crap the scene is flooded by these days. Reminded me of Stiff Little Fingers.

AlmostPunkEnough (July 15, 2005)

hahahaha, i love the link.

hey, there's no reviews by crazytoledo tonight. or constant 'first post' attempts either. and i wanted to rag on someone tonight too... goddamnit.

Anonymous (July 15, 2005)

If you cut the clunky intro paragraphs from every single one of your reviews, you'd be a pretty okay reviewer. This particular one made me cringe like I ain't never cringed before. Yowch.

Anchors (July 15, 2005)

I don't know what I was thinking with that conclusion when I wrote it, but that sounds incredibly cheesy.

Anonymous (July 15, 2005)

hahahaha, that cover is awesome.

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