THE DISLIKED - Reggae Rescue

The Disliked - Reggae Rescue

11 songs
39:20 minutes
***** **


Itís hard to believe that The Disliked from Luxembourg have been around for seventeen years already. I first heard them on the punk compilation Music For The Living? Vol. 1 which came out in 2006. Their song Outsiders was the opener of said compilation and is to this day still my favoured song from The Disliked. Anyone familiar with the band knows of course that their current musical orientation has very little in common with their early days.

Listening to their discography, consisting of Fresh Trash (2006), My Parents Went To Eldorado... (2008), The Royal Show (2010) and Hotel No. 25 (2015), itís noticeable that the band has become quieter over time. The wild youth from back then are nowadays already over 30 years old, started families, finished school and began at a job. Therefore itís only logical that they donít want to play the same kind of music all the time. Itís surprising though that in all those years, there have been hardly any line-up changes.

The album title Reggae Rescue reveals that after the bandís punk and ska days, they have now arrived in reggae territory. The musicians spent some time in the south of France and wrote the songs at temperatures of about 30 degrees Celsius, with the heat explaining how the relaxed reggae vibe came to be. My first impression was that this is a soundtrack for the summer holidays. Even though the music is not as fast anymore as it used to be, the band still delivers subtle lyrics full of social awareness. The totally watchable videoclip for Money was made by rap agent provocateur Turnup Tun. Those who miss the bandís old days might be consoled a little with Shoeshine which still hints at the old ska punk roots. Atlantic Coast flirts with the retro rock sound from the Sixties, and One-Sided Conversation has a mariachi flair. Although mostly we get chill reggae sounds that are ideal to lounge to. The lyrics are mostly in English, apart from some in French that make for a Caribbean flair.

I have never been a big fan of reggae music, and still think that Laid Backís Sunshine Reggae is the genreís biggest classic, so it shouldnít upset anyone that I prefer the bandís earlier albums. And yet Reggae Rescue shows how The Disliked can be comfortable in a new genre, and one canít accuse them of following trends. I will keep my eyes on the guys because who knows which other genres they will try in the years to come?

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