Exposé Online banner

Les Batteries — Démesure Révolutionnaire
(Musea FGBG 4211.AR, 1991/1996, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-03-01

Démesure Révolutionnaire Cover art

"Les Batteries." That means "The Drums" in French, as in the drums of the French revolution. That should give one a good idea as to what this French duo is all about, and despite the fact that saxes, clarinet and even keyboards and accordion are mentioned in the credits, one might easily overlook their only-occasional presence. Indeed, the drums of Rick Brown and Guigou Chenevier – the latter formerly of Etron Fou Leloublan (and even more recently of Volapuk) – tend to overpower everything else. The vocals – which are essentially spoken or theatrical narration, are centered around the story of the French revolution, delivered in the French language. So what does this sound like? That's the ten-million dollar question indeed. Two drummers and narration make for a pretty unusual lineup, but both of these guys are outstanding percussionists who definitely have the chops to pull this coup off. The results are striking (pun not intended), interesting, and unclassifiable, but probably not for everyone.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 9, 1996 releases, 1991 recordings

Related artist(s): Les Batteries

Latest news

2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Hualun - Asian River – For their second release, this Wuhan post-rock crew has stepped up a few notches from their debut, Silver Daydream (reviewed in issue 38). They’ve moved to one of China’s most prominent...  (2011) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues