TOXKÄPP - E quante Sprong

Toxkäpp - E quante Sprong

12 songs
40:41 minutes
***** ****
(self-released)

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Ska band Toxkäpp are with their twenty-two-year history one of the longest running bands from Luxembourg. Despite that long time, they have never been that active when it comes to releasing albums. One year after their inception, they released the legendary 7-Inch EP A.F.S.D. on which they still played punk rock with a certain amount of humour. Soon after they discovered their affection for ska which brought forth the records Skaméidi (2000), Zwee Toun Ska Punk (2005) and eSKAléiert (2010), coming in regular five year intervals. In 2013 they released a live album, and now they are back with their newest studio album E quante Sprong.

Although the use of our native language has lately become more popular, it must be said that Toxkäpp were pioneers in that matter, if you dismiss the even older folk and carnival troubadours. On the new album, the lyrics, poignant as ever, add a lot of the album’s charm. Vocalist Frank may not have the most varied voice, but after all these years, he can claim to be instantly recognisable, making him THE voice of ska of Luxembourg. The lyrics deal with social issues, among others displaying the band’s frustration with people’s addiction to computers and the Internet. This is why Toxkäpp only sell their music on vinyl and CD. You won’t find many of their songs on streaming platforms. The lyrics are worth paying attention to. Nuclear reactors, antisocial behaviour and alcoholism are only a few topics that are criticised. Ëmmer rëm an trotzdem is even some kind of love song, and yet also very entertaining.

With eight band members, Toxkäpp are one of the largest bands from Luxembourg. Next to traditional rock instruments (guitar, bass, drums and vocals), they also use organ, saxophone, trumpets and trombone that are not that atypical for a ska band. Toxkäpp’s songs are rather simple, but always very catchy and instantly danceable. Ska Schong is an invitation to dance that can’t be resisted. Although many tracks come with an upbeat rhythm, others allow for a more relaxed pace and some reggae parts. Among those tracks are De Sabbler and Fräiheet pur on which rapper Corbi of De Läb is guesting. Another highlight is the melancholic Di fein englesch Art which is the Madness song that Madness have never written. On Den Éirewäin, the band is funnier than never before. Those who miss the very early days of the band should check out Deen Dag dono that actually reminds of Toxkäpp’s punk days.

I have liked Toxkäpp since the very beginning (and was even at their very first concert). At times, in between albums, they had a lower profile, but E quante Sprong should put them on the local music map again for good. I even say that this is their best effort yet. I hope now for some live shows and that we won’t have to wait for another seven years for their next recordings. The album release took place on a boat cruise across the Moselle river. This should be proof enough that even after more than two decades of Toxkäpp, the guys are still good for surprises.

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