It's been ten years since Mintzkov won first prize in Belgium's most prestigious battle of the bands. They were still called Mintzkov Luna at that point. In the course of the noughties the fivesome from Antwerp managed to carve out their own unique musical niche. Mintzkov's output consists of tuneful pop ditties that are tailor-made for the radio as well as the summer fields at Dour. Careful listeners will notice however that there are lots of strange things going on beneath the surface. Despite the commanding presence of wiry guitars and whimsical time signatures, the songs tend to come out catchy as hell. This explains why Mintzkov's music is equally appreciated outside of their native Belgium. With a new album under their belt, Rising Sun, Setting Sun, the band is now more than ready to add a fresh international chapter to its history.