Treasure Chest At The End Of The Rainbow / Mutiny On The Bounty – Split CD

8 songs
34:36 minutes
***** ****


Split-albums are nothing new in Luxembourg, and even from a layout point of view, this one looks a lot like the Spyglass / Eternal Tango CD released on a couple of months earlier. Long band names have been around in Luxembourg also since Do Androïds Dream Of Electric Sheep?, and every indie rock journalist would be more than happy if bands would be called Abba, ELO or Nena again. But there you are, bands these days are very strong willed and do what they want anyway, so we have to get over writing long band names or just use abbreviations, and when we are done complaining we notice that we have written a lament that is finally longer than the band names in questions.

Therefore we will get to the actual review. With a year of retrospection, it is clear that the two bands on this split-CD are more than just the followers of instrumental post rock legend Actarus. Treasure Chest At The End Of The Rainbow do consist of three former Actarus members, but where their previous band was purely instrumental, the vocals are today shared by all four members, giving them a role that is so much more important than with most similar bands. Treasure Chest begin their half with A Dawn Chorus, a song that's starting very slowly with a soothing guitar loop, building up tension to erupt into something we only can call emo, although not in a pejorative meaning. Your Game (Et tu le sais) shows the band from a more accessible side, which can also be said from the melodic Set Sail Across The Universe. Treasure Chest are clearly influenced by many new school emo bands, emphasising their indie side and therefore leaving behind a hardcore sound that so often comes hand in hand with this genre. The band has probably an encyclopaedic knowledge of American post math indie rock, making people possibly utter the word elitism, but to their defence it needs to be said that they always care for the accessible side of the song, making their sound suitable not only for indie rock insiders. As a matter of fact, while they don't reach the same level of tension as on their numerous live shows (although I missed their shows in Canada), they have released a great 20 minutes of music that makes you yearning for more.

Mutiny On The Bounty has Treasure Chest Sacha in its line-up. The rest of the all-star band is Luciano (Ganesha), Pzey (DADOES?) and David (Eternal Tango). This should already tell you that MOTB have a more aggressive take on music, although they are not that different from Treasure Chest, especially since they surprised me with vocals, as I had seen them in the past only as an instrumental band. The vocals work alright, combining clear melodic parts with occasional screamo moments, all backed by some of the most intricate guitar parts ever to be heard in Luxembourg. Where Treasure Chest sound like a commercial Joan Of Arc on speed, you can add even more speed and a certain trippiness into the MOTB sound. Their songs are generally shorter (only amounting to fifteen minutes), and the structures are not as straight-forward, especially the guitars with Luciano showing why Ganesha were such a fantastic death core band.

When all is said and done, we are left with a great piece of music that should finally show the entire world that Luxembourg is no longer an isolated island, but a boiling crucible of young emerging talents.

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