Teaser – No Big Deal (2008 demo)
- Tease Her
- Make Up Your Mind
- Guilty Of Love
Josef Banovitz – Guitar
Mike – Lead guitar
Vinnie Lee – Bass guitar
Dave – Drums
cAndy – Vocals
Total Time = 17:28
Swedish melodic rockers Teaser have been on the scene since 2006 and released this 3 song demo, NO BIG DEAL, back in May. The bio on the band’s MySpace page cites influences from Journey, Def Leppard, Talisman, Hardline and other ’80s Melodic Hard Rock bands and the proof is in the music. All three songs fit easily into this style with plenty of melody and hooks to keep fans entertained but I hear some other bands in Teaser’s music. I can definitely hear some Scorpions, Whitesnake, and even some Extreme in their sound…..bands that feature strong songs, vocals, and guitarwork.
The opening track ‘Tease Her’ has that sleazy Whitesnake vibe to it where the song slowly builds up to a powerful chorus but retains a melodic sensibility that reminds me of Extreme. Lead singer cAndy has this interesting cross between Jeff Scott Soto, Gary Cherone, and David Coverdale going for him and the guitars are very good with a solid solo section. ‘Make Up Your Mind’ has a harder guitar sound, that sounds like the rockier side of Journey with a touch of mid-80s Scorpions and more Jeff Scott Soto. The guitars are what lead this song along to heavier ground until the infectious melodic chorus and the Scorpions influence is evident with both guitarists providing rhythm and lead in the same way Matthias Jabs and Rudolf Schenker have done throughout the Scorpions’ glory years. Last song, ‘Guilty Of Love’, starts out with a slow beginning and builds into an uptempo ’80s-tinged Hard Rock number with a simplified straight forward approach. This song doesn’t grab my attention right away, maybe around the chorus. Of the three songs, ‘Guilty Of Love’ sounds like it needs a bit more work to it.
A lot of new Scandi bands are exploring the seedier and sleazier side of ’80s styled Hard Rock, many of them follow the footsteps of Faster Pussycat, Guns ‘N Roses, and Pretty Boy Floyd. It’s nice to hear a band like Teaser embrace a more melodic style with some fine guitarwork and harmonies. NO BIG DEAL is a demo so I’m positive that with a little extra work in the studio these tracks will jump right out of the speakers. Definitely a new band to keep an eye on!
There’s only 3 songs here so I’m going to pick just one: ‘Make Up Your Mind’. I like the harder edged guitar with the solid melodies and harmonies, it sounds like what good Rock was like back when I first started out in the early ’80s.