Composed By: Steve London

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the comedy Bank$tas, Neal (Michael Seater) and Isaac (Jo Dinicol) think they have it made.  After all, fresh from graduating college, the best friends have landed dream jobs with a top investment bank.  Unfortunately, they soon learn that their new boss (Alan Thicke) is planning a crooked student loan scheme, bilking hundreds of college kids out of their money.  Unable to sit by and watch as students are robbed by their boss, they hatch a zany plan to stop him.

                The musical score of Bank$tas was created by Canadian composer Steve London.  Originally an orchestral musician, London received an opportunity to study film composition in Los Angeles with such noted composers as Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith and Christopher Young.  He went on to become a score coordinator for Young for films like Unforgettable, Head Above Water and Copycat.  Since then, London has composed a number of scores for film, including That Beautiful Somewhere Seduced By a Thief, Shallow Ground and Once Upon a Crime: The Borrelli-David Conspiracy.

                The Bank$tas Soundtrack opens and closes with Now or Never, a rap song with a hook reminiscent of Eminem's Without Me and featuring up and coming artist iSH.  The score of the film features electric guitars, bass, percussion and synths.  The score is full of comedic cues and energetic music.  According to London, "There are many motifs in the film but there is one main motif that reoccurs throughout the whole film: the Isaac and Neal ‘best buddy’ motif.  In fact, that ‘best buddy’ motif is even part of the main riff of the main title song.  This motif is mainly played in the Rhodes electric piano and it was a real challenge to write. I wanted to find a way to encapsulate these two guys kind of quirky genius personalities but still have a catchy non-quirky sounding motif."

                The musical score of Ban$tas is quirky and fun and, even though it sounds very much like an Eminem song, I have to say that I enjoyed the catch rap song Now or Never.  The Bank$tas Soundtrack is a great deal of fun, reflecting the zany, buddy style of the movie and well worth the listen.


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