The band started in 2009. We did 2 full lengths ("Fragments D'Eux Mêmes" in 2011 and "Totem" in 2014) and a single in 2011. We toured in Europe, Russia and in the UK as well.
Totem is made of 9 new songs written between 2011 and 2013, mostly in their beloved practice place at Grrrn Zero in Lyon before it was shut down… Totem was a hard record to make as it marks a new approach of Baton Rouge’s sound. It takes time to develop hypnotic athmospheres but also don’t forget to go straight to the point as they’re used to do on the vein of their previous effort ‘Fragment d’Eux Mêmes’ with more melodic tracks. 2 years of writing, arranging, droping, reworking material were finally worth it !
Recorded and mixed in Villeurbanne at Mikrokosm Studio, close to the Totem subway station, by Benoit Bel in february 2014… then mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering in Montreal Canada (Goodspeed You Black Emperor, A Silver Mount Zion etc.). Illustrations by the talented Claire Duport. Layout by Julien Paget.
"Fragments D'Eux Mêmes"
Baton Rouge is 4/5 of Daitro playing "a kind of indie - noise in the vein of Unwound /Television /Mission Of Burma/ Sonic Youth mixed with some emo-rock ala Twelve Hour Turn / Tubers". 4 friends who grew up in the landscape of the Beaujolais vineyard close to Lyon France, between birds and grapes. They learned how to play together being inspired by Sonic Youth, Mudhonney, Nirvana or things like that. This is a new project in the vein of their first love, a kind of indie rock with power chords, arpeggios, clear voices, and tremelo. 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. "Fragment deux meme" 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.