TËSCHEGAS - Et wuar net keen... mol

Tëschegas - Et wuar net keen... mol

12 songs
43:09 minutes
***** ****


Is this really the same band that released Industrielle Läichendéngscht two and a half years ago? Back then Tëschgas’ major charm was their funny lyrics combined with their guileless amateurism: low production skills and occasional playing errors made sure you wouldn’t take these guys too seriously. Soon after, they came with their non-album single that carried the same name as the debut album, and there it was already obvious that something had changed.

This track also made it as a bonus track to the new CD Et wuar net keen... mol, and that’s more or less the only nod to the industrial past of Southern Luxembourg, also called Minette, which is why Tëschegas are proud to label their music "minette metal". And unlike last time, we get on the new record a sound that is much closer to metal. It’s clear that the musicians have worked hard on their skills, and also the vocals come with more gravitas, but recording at the renowned Belgian Ear We Go Studio, where lately many important Luxembourgish metal bands have sojourned, surely didn’t do any harm either.

The lyrical concept this time is fairy tales, with the musicians, dressed as dwarves, doing photo shoots at the Parc Merveilleux in Bettembourg, which is also addressed in the title track. The intro and outro of the album are of a grand-father telling stories to the grand-children. The first regular track Kee Bock op Melu combines the mythological origin story of Luxembourg with what became of the typical Luxembourger over time. It’s an acerbic tale at the often lazy attitude and blind reliance on foreign workers that have shaped the country’s middle class over time. This attitude reminds me a little of the late Terry Pratchett who could also be really angry underneath his satiric guise, and even though Tëschegas might never achieve that level of genius, it shows that this modus operandi works really great for them.

The following Flèche du Sud is an ode to a very environmental unfriendly Vespa, and shows the band from their less biting side. This is a less offensive track, although it still contains quite a few mean lines. I also strongly suggest that you check out the great video clip for that song. Biergecourse an d’Stad is possibly the band’s heaviest piece of music so far. The lyrics are once again really fierce, with Tëschegas at their best when they attack the petty bourgeoisie. I also want to draw your attention to the complex, even progressive rhythm guitar and the pounding drums and bass guitar. On the debut this all sounded shakier, but now the sextet has really turned into an impressive musical behemoth. The title track comes with sillier lyrics but once again vents a lot of steam.

Eppes mat Gefill is a ballad that makes fun of typical lyrical clichés, and while it is funny at first, it is running a bit too long for its own good. Passtérix 51 once again offers heavier fare and pokes fun at the idiotic anti-marijuana video clip of the Luxembourgish police. D’Lidd vum Blanne Jang is a strange track. This is another ballad, but the lyrics are harder to decipher. Is this really a serious song for once? It comes with some nice guitar work, and is really charming, but still feels a little off in the context of this otherwise more comedy centred album. Kee richtege Mann samples La Revanche des Chômeurs and shines a light at the mediocre Luxembourgish football culture. Good lyrics once again. On the last regular song Total versaut, they managed to get Moof vocalist Lex on guest vocals, whose jaded voice fits well within the context of this once again acerbic tirade against the entitled youth of today.

Et wuar net keen... mol’s concept of fairy tales may be a little far-fetched, but the overall examination of the Luxembourger’s nature turns out to be very successful. If Tëschegas were still hard to be taken seriously on the debut, they have taken a step into the right direction. By refining their musical skills, the charismatic vocals and the more penetrating production, Et wuar net keen... mol should even be appealing to the billions of people that don’t master the Luxembourgish language.

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