METRO - Metro

Metro - Metro

10 songs
43:09 minutes
***** ****


Metro have been around for more than two years, and like many other local bands, they have to fight with the superstar group prejudice. Apart that they all come from more or less popular Luxembourgish bands, two of them are also known as radio personalities, with singer/guitarist Olivier Treinen telling the morning news on RTL and drummer Mike Tock being a rock DJ on the socio-cultural 100,7 radio station.

But let's concentrate on the music. Olivier used to play in L'Ego and now also has his (more or less) solo-project Lo-Fi. Bass player André played guitar in the defunct post-rock band Balboa and drummer Mike excelled until now in mostly uninteresting bands like Zap Zoo, Battaklang, Astronoïds,... You wouldn't think with those references that Metro could be anything spectacular, but in this case, the band is fortunately much more than the sum of its parts.

Already the opener All The Beautiful People leaves you speechless. Not only is it one of those songs that once heard will never leave your subconscious mind ever again, but it also shows that Metro did the right choice to have their album recorded in the Kulturfabrik and mastered in Brussels, because it doesn't need to hide behind the more mainstream bands of its genre. And what is their genre anyway? Hard to say, but they are heavily inspired by contemporary British sounds. By losing their second guitarist already early in their career, they decided to continue as a three-piece, giving the bass guitar a major role, which sets them apart from most other in-bands.

You can call it post-punk, with rocking yet never too distorted guitars, an unusually melodic bass guitar and driving drum patterns. Occasionally there are even hints of ska in their music, as if the Clash jammed together with the Arctic Monkeys trying to sound like a 21st century Kinks. As popular as all those Brit bands are at the moment, it is surprising that there are still few bands in Luxembourg that jump on the bandwagon, and those who do (Couchgrass, Metro) always manage to keep an aura of originality.

This self-titled debut from these rock veterans brings an unexpected breath of fresh air into the local indie scene, and with the right management and determination behind them, they should even be able to make it internationally. Highlights, apart from the opener, are Solitude, Middlemen, Dysfunctional You, Dysfunctional Me and Provincial.

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