Here's Why Malta Is An Absolute 'Regħbus'
Hear us out, a part of you must know it's true
Let's get this out of the way before we begin. It's totally normal to love your country but want it to improve. Also, there's always room for improvement. If you don't believe us, look no further than the beautiful, messy island we Maltese call home.
Tonight, local rock band Mistura will be launching their second studio album, and they've aptly named it Regħbus. A mix between the words, regħba (greed) and rebus (chaos), the title paints a gloomy picture of 2018 Malta... but is it really that off the mark?
Lovin Malta has been given an exclusive preview to the songs and their themes ahead of tonight's launch, and we'd be lying if we said we don't get why some people might think we live in a regħbus.
In anticipation of tonight, here are five reasons this album uses to justify their gloomy title. Do you agree?
1. Warped priorities
This one's easy.
Somehow, we seem to have lost our way and decided to give all the power to politicians, who in turn gave all their power to those who fund them and their campaigns.
Mistura's Problemi Biss describes how we're obsessed with first-world problems while ignoring more pressing issues. Tuna Isimkom, on the other hand, is about the environmental disasters we're witnessing, while the words of Kieku are the ramblings of someone with his head in the sand wishing he had it all.
2. Our sense of entitlement
Life is a film, and everyone seems to think they are the main actor.
Everyone's entitled to everything for free and at once. From leaving the car in the middle of the street for some pastizzi, to silencing a mouthy journalist (and everything else in between), songs such as L-Intitolat and Żommuni describe what a bunch of entitled people we are.
3. Politicians on pedestals
We're guilty of this "we're not worthy" attitude towards politicians.
Just look at the reactions of normal folks when a minister or some high-ranking politician arrives at a venue or a club to deliver a sermon. Everyone treats politicians with velvet gloves, placing them on pedestals and letting them get away with murder (hopefully only metaphorically).
Songs like Ma Jistħoqqlix and Pjan Perfett describe this attitude perfectly while Little Malta shows its effects resulting in misguided patriotism.
4. The 'U Iva, Mhux Xorta' Syndrome
As straightforward as it is painfully true.
It's the utter lack of standards in many areas that we have, where rules seem to have been written down only to be ignored by practically everyone.
This everything-goes attitude is perfectly described in the song Mhux Xorta while in Thank You Jesus we're actually grateful for neoliberalist mayhem.
5. Who cares? Let's party!
Last but not least, many people are just switched off completely and do not care about the decisions other people are making on their behalf.
Songs such as Pop and Ifraħ Għax Iblaħ are tongue-in-cheek songs to dance to and have mindless fun, and as the Maltese say, u ħallieh iħabbat.
Regħbus is being launched and played live for the first time tonight at The Garage in Ħaż-Żebbuġ at 9pm. Entrance will be free and the album - to be sold for the first time during the night - will be available for the special price of €10.
Mistura debuted in 2012, at the L-Għanja tal-Poplu festival where they won the WAFA award for Best New Talent. Since then, they've performed at a variety of venues including Rock the South, Teatru Unplugged, the Farsons Great Beer Festival, the Evenings on Campus, Notte Bianca and Kotra.
In 2014, they released a studio album called U d-Dinja Tkompli Ddur. They followed it up in 206 with the live concert album U l-Kotra Għajtet f’Daqqa.