20 janvier 2015

UK was fun ! we have upcoming shows


England was more than fun ! We had the best time and played with tons of great bands... thanks so much, you guys rule ! The biggest thanks to our good buddy Joe C who organized all of this for us once again.

Below a video of Côte Du Py and Des Chemins Balisés in London.

Also, check these photos from the talented Andrew Northrop. He was at the fest in London but also at the show in Brighton. They are great : http://andrewnorthrop.tumblr.com/

Otherwise, still about shows, we will play a couple more in  by the end of february... 
it will look like this
feb. 26th PRAGUE, CZ @ 007 w/ Remek
feb. 27th BERLIN, DE @ Tiefgrund w/ Cavalcades & Council Of Rats
feb. 28th LEIPZIG, DE @ Zoro w/ Cavalcades & Dulac

posters and facebook events below :




 We will probably play in our hometown Lyon sooner or later as well

come and say hi !

10 novembre 2014

next shows !

hello friends

After a long summer break, here's a quick announcement for our upcoming shows !
can't wait to be back in the UK...

hope to see you there !

Wendsday, Nov 26th
PARIS, FR @ La Mecanique Ondulatoire
with Krigskade & Social Square
8 passage Thiéré, 75011 Paris

Thursday, Nov 27th

, UK @ The Prince Albert
with Crows-An-Wra & Lower Slaughter
48 Trafalgar Street, BN1 4ED Brighton

Friday, Nov 28th

with Crows-An-Wra, Plaids, Carson Wells & Kin Shot

Saturday, Nov 29th

, UK @ Total Refreshment Centre
with tons of bands
2a Farleigh Place, N16 7SX London, United Kingdom

Then, later in february we'll be in Germany
26/02/15 - HAMBOURG, DE ??
27/02/15 - BERLIN, DE @ Tiefgrund
28/02/15 - LEIPZIG, DE ?

18 septembre 2014

TOTEM reviews


we're really stoked by the feedbacks on Totem.
Some reviews in english and french below

From DIY conspiracy
Many people still tend to discard the more melodic side of screamo but thankfully that doesn’t stop bands like Baton Rouge and Sed Non Satiata from writing awesome albums in that very vein. This said I’ve been hooked to Sed Non Satiata’s Mappō for months and now I have Totem here to steal all my time. I did enjoy its predecessor and Baton Rouge debut Fragments D’eux Memes a lot when it came out, but the new one I like even more. It sounds more considered and still very easy to get into, which is not weird in any way, especially having in mind how catchy this album actually is. I guess if you give it a chance.
Totem is complex and progressive, but definitely nothing like a sterile work of art made by and for mathematicians. Au contraire, the album is super passionate and gets under you skin with full force, as soon as you let it. It took about 2 years for Baton Rouge to write it so it’s definitely a more mature work. And I guess this maturity is not a surprise, Baton Rouge are no longer that new project, where the Daïtro / 12xu people are playing, but a band with over 3 years of history and tens of show all around. And yes, you can hear that.
Totem is super atmospheric and spacey. With emotional and personal vocals, and pieces structured around catchy, yet intelligently written melodic lines. The instrumentals on this one take more time to develop, but it’s still sufficient to leave you eager and puzzled to follow each and every direction the music may follow next. With almost Slint-ish build ups on the verge of static, effected guitars reaching even psychedelic and noise-rock outbursts (check out Hypn-O-Sonic) I gotta admit Baton Rouge have jumped quite over the fence of screamo with this one, which I find great.
It’s awesome to hear music made so specific, while in the same time preserving its essence, and the essence of the genre it represents at max. What else? The artwork is crazy. Check out Claire Duport, she’s quite outside any box as well.

There has been a resurgence of post-hardcore of late, the type taking the genre back to its roots, reviving the sounds of Rite of Spring, Fugazi, Husker Du or Jawbreaker. French four piece Bâton Rouge, with there second album Totem, are another welcome addition to this renaissance of sorts. Out with the grating screams that even Jamie Lee Curtis would be ashamed off, back with the punk attitude that really started and characterised the whole post-hardcore movement in the 80s.
Totem is a wonderful album that captures the essence of old, but freshens it up with a sprinkling of post-rock aesthetics across the record. Sonically, Totem resembles Heavy Rocks era Boris but without the dominant stoner edge that that album oozes with. It’s the tinned pipe aspect of the guitar that creates this likeliness, creating an ambient overtone that allows the listener to get absorbed in the music.
There’s a real poetry behind the noisy approach of Totem. Lyrically the band explore their experiences and travels and the idea that life continues, what once was is simply replaced with the new. They are spectators, watching the world fly by, forever a witness to the constant buzz of everyday life. Whether in France, Sarajevo or Russia, it’s the same, just different places with different people, but the same old life. “Guetter les ondes” details the hard labour of grape picking, and echoes the sentiments of Johnny Cash’s cotton picking songs. There seems to be this focus on the harmonious coexistence of the old and the new, just like the nature of Bâton Rouge’s music and its fusion of old and new sounds.
The instrumental “Totem & Hypn-o-sonic” is a masterpiece in itself, a seven minute epic of drone and beautiful guitar riffs that rivals anything Swans have released on their two latest albums. The song, like many others moments on the album, seems to capture the chugging of a train, the motion of constant movement as the album becomes a part of the history of anyone who hears it. The idea is reflected in “Voyage en train la nuit” which retells the band’s travels though Russia on a night train, whilst “Forests pass by/Posts pass by/Merchants pass by/Fields pass by”. The guitar work on the above mentioned “Guetter les ondes” is remarkable, two guitars becoming one, then breaking off into unique entities throughout.
The overall tone and feel of Totem is relentless, displaying a truly grand sentiment that is larger than life itself. Through the use of ambient guitars and effects, Bâton Rouge manage to convey their poetic feelings, whilst keeping an edge that places them up there with the best of today’s rockers. This sure is an album you do not want to miss out on.

From My Endless Minute

The group comes from France and 'Totem' is their new nine song full-length. I've never heard of them before, and after one listen... I love them. The band incorporate elements of melodic indie rock and post-rock throughout the record and carries a distinct late 90's emo/punk vibe. However, no one particular category fits more than another here because it blends so well. Fans of Moneen and Get Up Kids will hear a familiar tone in the singers voice. It's a raspy/emo vocal that works really well between the driving/jangly guitars and dirty bass. Songs are sung in French, but sometimes only appear for a section and then the rest is left to the band as heard on the stunning opening track 'Le Fixeur' and later on 'Cours Tolstoi'. The mix is well balanced and the recording comes off feeling pretty genuine. The opening track is a killer five minute epic that really sets up the pace for the rest of the record: a great balance of driving melodic indie/rock and instrumental material. Right in the middle of the album a killer one-two combo drops which really floored me. Title track 'Totem' is a brief instrumental that flows seemlessly into 'Hypn-O-Sonic', another instrumental, but all up accounting for nearly ten minutes of highly engaging and accessible music touching on prog/ambient/post-rock without getting boring or over the top. Pure gold. A release like this would not have been out of place on Jade Tree or Deep Elm records back in the day. There's a lot to enjoy about it, the guitar work is really tasteful, whilst no major noodling/crazy lead work ever happens... the dynamics and relationship between the bass and guitars is really cool! I liked the production, everything feels right and sounds clean and balanced. You need more than a few minutes to appreciate what these guys are doing but you're guaranteed to be rewarded if you do. This is well worth a spin.

Reviewed by Sean.

From Records are Better Than People
Concernant ce nouvel album des Copains (avec un grand C) lyonnais, il serait facile de verser dans le sempiternel et “séminal” commentaire clé-en-main estampillé “album de la maturité” (tu le formules comme tu le sens).
En effet.
Car, plus que cet album, c’est bien le groupe dans son intégrité/intégralité que l’on pourrait qualifier ainsi. La maturité. La recherche studieuse. L’exaltation dans le son. La passion et le talent sont tels que la signature devient évidente. En deux secondes, il est possible de distinguer un morceau de BATON ROUGE de celui d’un autre groupe.
C’était déjà le cas avec Fragments d’Eux-Mêmes. Une véritable usine à tubes que l’on prend encore plaisir à écouter aujourd’hui comme si c’était la première fois, trois ans après sa sortie. Des refrains qui font désormais partie de notre patrimoine génétique, un sens de la mélodie absolument hors du commun ainsi qu’une dynamique héritée de leur passé emo/screamo mise au service d’un rock tout aussi racé qu’inqualifiable. Une somme d’influences monstrueuse allant pourtant à l’essentiel, des WIPERS à SONIC YOUTH en passant par FUGAZI et les THUGS. Mes quatre loulous réussissaient ainsi le formidable exploit de rendre leur copie millésimée 90’s as fuck totalement passionnante, à l’inverse d’au moins 99% de la production (plus chevronnée et/ou plus connue) restante.

Avec ce Totem fraîchement débarqué sur ma platine depuis un petit mois (toujours chez les amis d’Adagio830, Pure Pain Sugar et Bakery Outlet), le quatuor semble avoir privilégié le choix de l’écart au profit du pas en avant. S’éloigner des évidences et refuser la facilité de la réinterprétation, une démarche risquée qui lui sied bien entendu à merveille, à l’image de cet artwork ouvertement bauhaussien différent de l’esthétique qu’on lui connaissait. Une austérité plastique qui se traduit par des mélodies beaucoup plus mélancoliques et mortifères que par le passé. J’en veux pour preuve ce Fixeur en ouverture, à la fin puant l’angoisse et la solitude… Certes, tout n’est pas totalement noir et désespéré, comme en atteste le doublé Cours Tolstoï/Guetter Les Ondées en fin de première face (qui rappellerait presque le précieux Ca Colle A La Peau). Il n’empêche, l’ambiance n’est définitivement plus à la fête, comme si le groupe, ne sachant pas de quoi demain serait fait, s’était totalement investi dans ce disque, peut-être le dernier. D’où une prise de risques totale, comme avec ce superbe Totem/Hypn-O-Sonic instrumental, à la fois épique et progressif. Plus besoin de chant pour exprimer son malaise. Les accentuations de Louib et les guitares déchirantes de la paire Juju/Bol parlent d’elles-mêmes. Heureusement, il y a aussi une lumière au bout du tunnel, lueur d’espoir dont ils se veulent les témoins, par exemple lors de leurs Voyages En Train La Nuit (si tu ne comprends rien à cette phrase ce n’est pas très grave, c’était juste histoire de caser le titre du morceau dont je parle).
L’auditeur, comblé par un tel éventail d’émotions brutes lâchées sans autre forme de procès, en sera pour ses frais. Il déboursera 12 euros pour acquérir la dite oeuvre à la Face Cachée. Une somme certaine. Une certaine somme. Sa vie s’en verra néanmoins changée. Bouleversée. A tout jamais.

From Metalorgie
Après s’être livrés en fragments, Baton Rouge distille à nouveau quelques éclats avec Totem. Et comme sur son prédécesseur, il n’est pas nécessaire de tout référencer ni archiver tant le combo cherche plus à faire vibrer qu’à catégoriser.
Ces brefs instants que l’on vit, ces tranches de vie éparpillées qui nous font trembler plus qu’à l’accoutumée, c’est cela que transfigure Baton Rouge. Hypnotisant, poétique, vivant, Totem est cet ensemble de compos jamais trop Punk ni Emo.
Il était fait référence à Daitro et 12XU lorsqu’il était question de Fragments d’Eux Mêmes. La filiation n’est pas complètement gommée, Baton Rouge n’en fait pas table rase et garde quelques souvenirs (« Guetter les Ondées » ou le son de guitare de « Le Fixeur » un brin noisy, très typé 80’s / 90’s) histoire de rappeler que nous avons tous une histoire même si ce n’est plus aussi évident au travers de titres comme « Au Gré du Gel » ou « Hypn-O-Sonic ».

Pour autant, Baton Rouge c’est la poésie d’un soir, une vague à l’âme qui revient « D’années en années », portée par une simplicité maladroite. Totem a cet aspect intemporel qui passe par ses morceaux et sa production : sorti à l’époque des premiers Slint, il n’aurait pas été mis à part. Il n’y a rien a jeter, rien à redire ou même à contredire : Baton Rouge sait y faire, ce second opus donne envie de se poser, de marcher, de courir ou de rester immobile. Multi-sensations mais avec autant de ressentis que d’auditeurs, cette ambiance de pluie fine qui donne le rythme sur les pavés n’est peut être qu’un effet sensoriel parmi tant d’autres.
Ainsi, sur Totem j’ai pleuré, aimé, rêvé ou me suis simplement laissé porter par les notes. L’ordre variera à chaque écoute, mais c’est toujours la même recette : d’abord les notes, frêles, passionnées, simples mais franches, puis la voix. Cette voix. Et encore et encore, les compos enroulent leurs partitions autour de chaque tympan pour amplifier leur effet, alors qu’au final ce disque est tellement épuré.

Alors venez, montez et embarquez dans le dernier « Train de Nuit » mené par Baton Rouge, celui qui s’arrêtera à ces neuf gares envoutantes. De toute façon, avez-vous vraiment le choix ?

A écouter : Guetter les ondées - Le Fixeur - ...

15 juillet 2014

shirts !

hey friends

for those who care we have shirts for sell  !
and you can order them HERE
(click on the picture to open a bigger one)
thanks !

3 juillet 2014



Suite à un dégât des eaux à la Mecanique Ondulatoire, le concert de demain 4 juillet est déplacé au Parvis de Bagnolet!

Merci de faire passer le message autour de vous!

27, rue Adelaïde Lahaye

Metro Gallieni

infos ici

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20 juin 2014

Totem is out !

hey friends

look at that !

Totem, our new full length is out now ! We're uploading the whole thing on bandcamp right now, check it out !

it's our new full length and it's made of 9 new songs written between 2011 and 2013, mostly in our beloved practice place at Grrrn Zero in Lyon before it was shut down... Totem was a hard record to make.... 2 years of writing, arranging, droping, reworking material were finally worth it ! We took time to develop hypnotic athmospheres but didn't forget to go straight to the point with more melodic tracks as well .

It's been 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. Have a look at her awesome work here
Then Julien did the layout

Vinyl version come in a red / black and white artwork with printed innner sleeve (there are some colored vinyls and standard black vinyls). Includes a download code.
CDs come in a yellow / black and white artwork.

The CD is on Echo Canyon for Europe and Long Legs Long Arms for Japan
LP is on Purepainsugar / Adagio830 for Europe and Bakery Outlet for the USA...

A tape version should be released in Russia as well on Sad Records.

we will play a couple shows soon too
very excited


25 mai 2014


hey everyone

Totem test pressings are aproved !!
and preorders for the LPs are up... Go HERE if you want to preorder your copy !

There are some bundles with shirts as well.

LPs / CDs should be out near june 20th

stoooooked !


3 avril 2014

stream 2 new songs from Totem

hey friends

Totem is now mixed and mastered and the big image above is the cover ! yeah !! it will look AWESOME !

You can stream 2 songs now on our BBBAAANNNDDCCCAAAMMMPPP (does anybody know how to embed the bandcamp player in there ? ) !
We played one of those 2 a couple times live so maybe some of you will remember it.  We're really stoked of the songs we recorded, their recording etc... really excited to have this out !

It took us 2 years and a half to have its writing finished and during that time, we tried new things, discovered tons of amazing bands who gave us tons of new ideas... so don't expect anything !

Also our good buddy Arnaud Payen took some of his precious time to make that video of "Cours Tolstoï", look at it here, it's great :

Now that all of this is done, we will AT LEAST start to play shows again ! got a couple booked in France so far... hope more will come !

18.04.14 - F, Lyon @ Le Trokson w/ The Rainbones
19.04.14 - LUX, Luxembourg @ KuFa w/ Monochrome
03.07.14 - F, Lyon @ tba *
04.07.14 - F, Paris @ Mecanique Ondulatoire *
05.07.14 - F, Caen @ Strabisme fest *06.06.14 - F, Mâcon @ St Antoine
* w/ Eeva

more soon !

23 février 2014

Recording !

hey friends
Recording of Totem – our new full length – is done !
Recording took place at Mikroksom studio in Villeurbanne, engineered by Benoit Bel. The mixing and mastering should be done soon, artwork is also on the works.

It won't sound like THIS

This new LP will be released as usual by Purepainsugar & Adagio830 in Europe and Bakery Outlet in the US on LP. A japanese release on CD is also under consideration...Some picture below.

Some spring / summer shows are being booked as well.

more details soon !

26 novembre 2013



here's a short playlist of some amazing songs that have been mentioned as "influential" at some point in our practice room during the making of our new ones ... Enjoy !