Gwen - Bass, Vocals
Benoit - Drums
Julien - Guitar, Vocals
Samuel - Guitar

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Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is the story of 4 friends who grew up in the landscape of the Beaujolais vineyard close to Lyon France, between birds and grapes. All of them spent their teenage years in watching videos of rockbands and they decided to learn how to play this kind of music.
By the way, Julien, Sam and Benoit learned how to play together being inspired by Sonic Youth, Mudhonney, Nirvana or things like that. Being still teenagers, they moved to Lyon in the mid 90s and the discovery of hardcore and emo brought them to DIY punk heavily influencing their debut band Daitro, where Gwen joined them in 2004 as a new bass player.
After many years spent in playing with Daitro all together, touring a lot and releasing a good amount of records, these 4 kids got older and decided to start a new project in the vein of their first love, a kind of indie rock with power chords, arpeggios and also clear voices. So, Benoit changed his drumset, and the 3 others changed the tune of their guitar to learn how to play new things in order to avoid all the gimmicks they played during many years... Baton Rouge was born. Same people, different way to play, different music with the feeling to discover everything, as the beginning of learning music even as they had been playing together for a long time.
Everybody says that 30 years is a rebirth in people's life, for Baton Rouge, it's an extra time of their friendship, just good time spent together in playing old things, with a lot of common pleasant recollection.

All of them are playing in other bands... another Daitro show could still happen, Sam is in la sixième faute an experimental noise duo, Julien and Gwen are playing punkrock in 12XU and running the label Echo Canyon, and Benoit is drumming in a mathrock trio called Encre.

"Fragment D'eux Mêmes" is an 8 piece record where all these influences are suggested closely or remotely connected, as if it was the natural following of their last ten years.

Discography

Baton Rouge 7"

"Amer" b/w "Contrepied, Contretemps"
7" released September 2011
split release w/PurePainSugar

Baton Rouge LP/CD

Fragments D'eux Mêmes
LP released February 2011
CDr released July 2011
split release w/PurePainSugar

See Also

  • 12XU
  • Daïtro
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