AC ANGRY – Appetite For Erection (2016)
German hard rockers AC ANGRY will release their new album “Appetite For Erection” on November 25th via Steamhammer / SPV worldwide. It will be available as a CD version (digipak) and a limited edition LP of only 500 copies.
This is the quartet’s second effort and let’s be honest, if you title your album “Appetite For Erection” you don’t really care that Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature, do you?
Rather, you subscribe to the view that there are two sorts of music: rock and roll, and that’s exactly what you get from AC Angry on their major label debut.
They start the record with a ‘cheerful’ song… “they make my asshole bleed” is a key line in it’s verse, but it’s the “they” here that is important, because the song is called “I Hate AC Angry.” In short all the clichés about Germans lacking a sense of humor can largely be dispensed with here. The four piece know this is ludicrous and they couldn’t give two shits.
If they did then surely they wouldn’t have the thought of “no way you’re coming back, now get down and lick my sack” at the centre of second track ‘4TW’, there wouldn’t be the undercurrent of cruelty in the bluesy ‘Nowhere to Go but Down’, and there wouldn’t be a ballad here called ‘Son Of A Motherfucker’s Son’ (!)
The latter has the same intent as Skid Row’s “18 and Life” at the end of the ’80s, but with more swearing.
And so it goes. Take the classic rock riffs (twin guitar attack) and the f@ck you attitude of 1983 Motley Crue or WASP and you might come up with ‘I Wanna Hurt Somebody’ and the title track – and get this – it really does contain the line ”I got a boner all day and a smile on my face” and is even dumber and filthier than it sounds.
Look, there’s no reason in the world that anyone should admit to enjoying a song called ‘The Balls Are Back In Town’, no one should write a ballad called ‘Cry Idiot Cry’ but you will, and AC Angry have.
The thought that both band and listener are in on the joke is why this is great.
That and it finishes the record with a song called ‘Testosterone’ which has the pay off of “balls out ready for a good f@cking”. A family singalong this is not.
It’s nasty, it’s stupid and it’s better than you dare admit.
Unreconstructed, this is essentially the musical equivalent to laughing your head off when someone gets a punch in the balls. You don’t want to find it funny, you know it shouldn’t be, but it is. That’s the best way to look at it.
Of course you know there’s a million more worthy albums released this year, but despite that, if there’s any rock n roll rebel in your heart, you’ll find much to like despite your best efforts.
Now, turn it up to 11 and don’t let your Nan hear it at Christmas.
01 – I Hate AC Angry
02 – 4TW
03 – No Way To Go But Down
04 – I Wanna Hurt Somebody
05 – Appetite For Erection
06 – Son Of A Motherfucker’s Son
07 – The Balls Are Back In Town
08 – Take You Shake You Break You
09 – Cry Idiot Cry
10 – Testosterone
Alan Costa: Vocals, Guitar
Stefan Kuhn: Lead Guitar
Dennis Kirsch: Bass
Norman Steisslinger: Drums
thanks to Andy Thorley