LUXUS - Bommeleeeeer

Luxus - Bommeleeeeer

2 songs
13:37 minutes


It’s been nearly ten years since the last sign of life by Luxembourgish band Luxus. Led by grumpy old man Chick’n.Mo, this band’s raucous kind of humour always left the listener with an acid sense of unease in the lower gut regions. Bommeleeeeer is no different in that regard, even if the CD contains only two songs.

The millennial affair about multiple bombings that shook Luxembourg in the Eighties has still not been resolved, only due to the governing politicians’ lack of will to finally reveal all that they know, and it is now already pretty certain that “we the people” won’t really care in three weeks’ time when it goes back to the voting chambers. And that’s why Bommeleeeeer feels more angry than funny, and that’s probably the quartet’s intention.

The eight and a half minute opener Fridden am Land is basically a jazz pop fusion rock jam overlaid by spoken word samples collected from the obnoxious Maître Gaston Vogel, and where this more than outspoken attorney nearly always puts the finger in the wound, his comedic ways more often than not leave people confused. The sample of populist ultra-conservative politician Michel Wolter to repeal protection of sources once again manages to make one feel really queasy to live in this country where the government has been in the hands of one single big party for too many decades. The following Bob Oykot offers more of the same, this time with a funkier guitar.

From an artistic point of view, alas, Bommeleeeeer has not too much to offer. The music is competent enough, but a little too much on the tried and tested road, performed by ageing musicians that are maybe rooted too strongly in the Seventies and possibly early Eighties. The political message is once again typical Chick’n.Mo: ugly truth enveloped in the most bitter satire, dripping with biting sarcasm. The collection of samples is impressive, and I guess Bommeleeeeer might soon be another addition to the dark vault of the local spy agendy SREL.

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