Prince Jelleh is a band from Winterthur and they’re an earnest bunch, explaining that through explaining themselves in their latest EP. Morphing from an early trio, this indie folk sometimes sextet excels in accelerating compositions that are as vast as the title of der current EP. Created with several guitars, harmonica, percussion, piano and restrained drums, the tight entity is backing up their powerful, passionate lead singer and songwriter Lukas Fuchs, who’s the pivot of this band in his own grand way. There’s depth to the lyrics, words that graze the skin with their honesty, agony and passion. And this time, anger and venom, hopelessness and sweet melancholia prevail in their latest effort. Like words that urge us to get away from what needs to be left behind. And why we never do. Prince Jelleh knows, Prince Jelleh forgives. Or take their desperate lyrics “Let the young perish and let the old waste away.” (Now you can’t pretend you didn’t hear that). The words seem to make a statement about the overcrowding of the planet and its fairly predictable demise if things continue the way they have. Served up with a generous helping of nihilism but really shaking up the shit. One thing’s clear: If you look at the recent proposal by some Swiss political parties wanting to expand the export sale of weaponry, we’re in this together. No matter where we are, here or in Antarctica.
This band’s evolving, driven by Lukas Fuchs who’s joined by his brother Jonathan and Mirko Geiger. Their debut was “Lily” and it was a pleasing affair with it’s nice sound and easy message. In stark contrast to “Antarctica”. But it’s like the man said “No man steps into the same river twice for it is not the same river and he’s not the same man.”
Live at El Lokal, Prince Jelleh. Yell when you like them.