YEGUSSA - Dead And Empty

Yegussa - Dead And Empty

6 songs
26:42 minutes
***** **


Nothing lasts forever, but I have to admit that I was quite surprised to hear that Dead And Empty would be Yegussa’s farewell EP. The Luxembourgish three-piece never had the ambition to make it to the top, preferring instead to maintain their DIY conviction. I can’t remember ever having seen them play at one of the major venues, instead they were quite busily doing the pub circuit, inviting underground bands from all over to join them. Of course, this was not as trendy and chic as having a street team making lots of propaganda for you, and they also never even tried to make it into the local radio charts, but when you had the opportunity to witness Yegussa on a good day, they blew everything away with their instrumental live show.

After a self-titled EP in the autumn of 2008, Dead And Empty is their second and last recording. It feels unusual that they didn’t manufacture the packaging themselves this time, instead you get a sober cardboard sleeve with a single sheet inlet that explain the motivations behind the songs. Even the mastering was done by Charel Stoltz, whose credentials include a lot of popular local bands. It would be wrong to call this modus operandi treasonous, because every band has the right to capture their sound as perfectly as possible. And Yegussa sound on this record as direct and straight in your face as in a live setting. The songs are quite short this time, half of them not even over three minutes long, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Although the concluding title track runs for generous eleven minutes (although after eight minutes we get two minutes of highway sounds followed by a noisy crescendo), it eventually doesn’t feel too different for instance from the preceding Normal People whose two minutes guarantee an uncompromising intensity you hardly ever get from other instrumental bands.

Yegussa always limited their music to guitar, bass and drums, and never tried to sound grandiose. They managed to combine the aesthetics of post rock with the intensity of noise rock, and their unpolished sound always made sure that they stayed definitely in the underground. I only feel sorry now for not having seen them more often, but am consoled with the fact that their two EPs caught their spirit quite authentically.

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