France - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 15 - 01/12/98
Will they finally be famous? This is the question I asked myself when I learn
that the new album of "Les Thugs" is released on a major: Virgin. Take care!
I don't say that you necessarily make a good album if you record it for a major,
but this allows a better distribution of your record.
So discover this group and their new album, the seventh. Les Thugs are a
French group (Angers) and started their road to success in April 1983,
with five members including the singer P. Brix. Then they were four members (June 83
- june 88): E. Sourice (guitar/vocal), T. Ménard (guitar), C. Sourice
(drums) and G. Chabaud (bass), replaced by P.Y. Sourice (bass) in June 88.
Musically, we can tell that Les Thugs make "rock melodic" songs, even if
their music is less and less violent and more and more structured. One only
has to listen to Radical Hystery (!), their first album released in 1986
and compare it to Nineteen Something, released in November 1997, to see the
differences. After Radical Hystery, they released Electric Troubles
(1987), a mixing of seventies' punk and sixties' melodies, then Still Hungry
came out in September 1989, which gave them a growing recognition outside France. Still
Hungry contained an amalgam of furious guitars, fast tempos and
melodious chords, a mixture that gave us the magnificent
IABF (april 1991) - and the great I Love You So - for the first time released
on American and Japanese labels. Then As Happy As Possible, recorded in USA (Hanzsek Audio Studio, Seattle), followed by the
great and dark Strike (January 1996).
It's the first album recorded in Black Box Studio (see below),
as Nineteen Something was in November 1997.
After the first listening, we can say that it sounds like a "Thugs' album"!
But we always appreciate the violent rhythms (Henry's Back, Never Work
Anymore, La Basta, Il Gruppetto, Soon), mixed with "hit tracks" (Side By Side, I Was Dreaming, Take Me Away) and with great rock melodies (Defeated, A Chance, Magic Hour).
And don't forget the usual instrumental track (While I'm Waiting) and the surprising and very calm track (Les Lendemains Qui Chantent),
which is sung in French (their second French song ever - the first one was Allez Les Filles from Strike).
In fact, this album is a summary of the discography of Les Thugs. This group
again confirms their talent.
Contact: 7 mail de la PREFECTURE, 49100 Angers / tel.: 02.41.88.19.82
Black Box: established in May 1993 near Angers in France
(Noyant-La-Gravoyère), by Iian Burgess who has worked with Big Black, Ministry and Naked
Raygun, and French groups like Parabellum and Les Thugs...
Copyright © 1997 Patrick Dubail