BANQUE ALLEMANDE: Willst du Chinese Sein Musst du die Ekligen Sachen Essen: CD/LP

German band, Banque Allemand’s second album (I’m not even going to try to write it out) is six songs in forty-two minutes. The vocals are entirely in German and don’t proclaim any passion. I just kept thinking of that skit with Hanz and Franz from Saturday Night Live. The music has its moments, though. Sometimes it seems to skirt an industrial sound and other times it’s more post-punk. I like the music but the blandness of the vocals just kill it for me (not in a good way). If they had a different vocalist that matched the herky-jerky motion of the music, I’d be much more interested

 –kurt (S.S.)