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LES BATTERIES

RIO/Avant-Prog • France


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In 1985, Guigou Chenevier, the drummer of the French RIO band Etron Fou Leloublan, conceived of a trio composed of himself and fellow drummers Rick Brown (V-Effect, Fish & Roses, Run On) and Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now, Massacre, etc). The three drummers exchanged ideas via tape, and soon embarked upon a period of rehearsal. This was followed by the scheduling of a short tour as Les Batteries. Their first performance was in 1985 at the Musique Action Festival in Vandoeuvres-les-Nancy.

They were then invited to perform as the musical accompaniment to the mogul skiers at the Championnats du Monde de Ski Acrobatique in Tignes in February of 1986. In 1986 they also performed at the first Festival MIMI in St. Remy de Provence; a track from this performance, "Post-Polar," appears on the Festival M.I.M.I 86 LP. The band's first release, Noisy Champs (named for the Parisian suburb where the trio's initial rehearsals were set), was recorded in Switzerland at the end of a second tour that same year and released by the Ayaa label in France. More touring in Europe then followed - this included a residency at the Museum of the French Revolution in Vizille where they were commissioned to compose a program of music inspired by the French Revolution. Much of the result of this commission was recorded on their second album, Démesure révolutionnaire, released in 1991 by the French label Baillemont. By this time the band was only a duo instead as Hayward had left the band in 1987 to pursue his career as a solo artist. The resulting duo occasionally supplemented their music with the addition of various guest musicians.

Les Batteries released three albums between 1986 and 1998. In 2006 their second album, Démesure révolutionnaire, was re-released by the French progressive label Musea Their first album Noisy Champs, which had only been available on vinyl previously, was recently re-released (2010), with bonus tracks, by Gazul (an arm of Musae label) in France.

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Noisy Champs
1986
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Démesure révolutionnaire
1991
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Bell System
1998

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Les Batteries RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Windhawk
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— First review of this album —
3 stars Multinational ensemble LES BATTERIES was assembled by Guigou Chenevier in 1985, consisting of himself and fellow drummers Rick Brown and Charles Hayward. Hayward decided to move on to other pastures in 1987, but the project continued on as a duo utilizing various guest musicians as needed. "Noisy Champs" was the only album recorded by the initial version of the band, and was originally issued back in 1986. Largely unavailable for many years, Musea Records decided to reissue this production on their Gazul imprint in 2010. Adding a total of six bonus tracks, all of them efforts of a more recent date.

If you have a more than passing interest in rhythm dominated efforts, find experimental and minimalistic music to be generally intriguing and adhere to the philosophy that the best and most interesting music is of a non-conformative nature, Les Batteries is a band that warrants your attention. And while it may not be an example of sheer perfection from start to finish there's a fair deal of interesting material to be found, with personal tastes and interests limiting or expanding the scope of this creation as far as enjoyable experiences go.

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