Music Review:
'Trouble' offers empty lyrics
Posted May 1, 2009

How many top snowboarders with two Olympic Games and World Cup wins do you know to have recently released an electro-crunk rock album?

Allow me to add one more to that very short list. I introduce to you Trevor Andrew – a.k.a. Trouble Andrew – who recently released a remixed and remastered edition of his debut album “Trouble Andrew.”

Not tied down to a specific genre, Trouble Andrew attributes his punk, electro, rock, pop and hip-hop sound to the skate and snowboarding culture he grew up in.

“Music has inspired my riding as my riding has shaped my music,” Trouble Andrew said in his biography posted on the band’s Web site.

Trouble Andrew is the kind of music you do not mind bumping with friends in the car. Its unique sound offers a grinding bass with mad guitar riffs combined with sexually charged lyrics-essential for the teenage rebel rolling out of the school parking lot after having his license for a day.

I say that because songs like “Bang Bang,” “Pimp Millennium” and “Uh Oh” contain little to no substance as far as conveyed messages are concerned.

In addition to expected horrible grammar, “Bang Bang” offers mixed tongue-in-cheek messages about a guy wanting to flaunt his gun and show people how it goes ‘bang bang.’

Similarly meaningless, “Pimp Millennium” serves as a self-glorification track to the singer himself. Trouble Andrew boasts, “I’m a goddamned pimp, you know this, you know this, you know this.” No I didn’t know that actually.

As for “Uh Oh,” I will let the artist speak for himself.

“It is an immature fun song and that’s what it’s meant to be,” Trouble Andrew said in his bio.

If there is any credit to be given for a song that offers substantial meaning, it is “Young Boy,” which is about a fatherless child who needs to find his place in a crazy world moving too fast. “Keep your head on top young boy and don’t you ever stop young boy,” are anthem lyrics suitable for such a child.

Well done, Trouble Andrew, well done.

Now let us just hope that same child does not listen to the other nine tracks endorsing illegal substances and casual sex.

Trouble Andrew, who dropped out of high school at 15, credits such musical influences as Black Flag, Minor Threat, Ice Cube, 2PAC and Beastie Boys for his unique sound.

However, I heard a lot of She Wants Revenge as well.

The professional snowboarder-turned-musician said he is thankful for breaking his knee back in 2005 because his nine months spent in recovery allowed him time to write his first song.

It was his girlfriend, Santi White, more popularly known as indie recording artist, Santigold who encouraged Trouble Andrew to make his own music.

She bought him a 4-track recorder, a Gibson guitar and a Peavey amp to play around with.

The band is currently on tour in North America and writing new songs for their follow-up record slated to come out this summer.

If you happen to be in San Francisco on May 21, you can catch both Trouble Andrew and Santigold at the Warfield Theatre.

For more information, visit troubleandrew.com

Mark Vidal can be reached at mark.vidal@laverne.edu.

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