Artist: Les Shtauss
Title: No Feeling
Labels: Atypeek Music
Genre: Garage Rock, Punk
Release Date: 17/11/2023
In the 1980s, an iconic group emerged at the heart of Nantes, in the Pays de la Loire region of France. Les Shtauss, a musical ensemble consisting of four to five members, rose to prominence and left an indelible mark on the music scene during a memorable span of seven years.
Originally known as Doktor Shtauss, the group later opted for the striking name Les Shtauss. Their musical style evolved into a captivating fusion, reminiscent of the mesmerizing tones of Lords of the New Church and The Stooges.
The stage was not merely a playground but a battleground for this band, where they delivered a fiercely energetic rock’n’roll spirit, just as potent on record as in their live performances. Their charismatic and electric presence resonated deeply with every spectator in the audience.
The pillars of the group, marked by Goret on vocals, Ludo and Fafa on guitars, Manu on bass, and the extraordinary drummer Jimmy B., made their mark with the release of the single No Feeling, leaving an indelible stamp on the French rock scene. Despite the limited information available today, their music and presence undeniably shaped the cultural landscape of the era.
The year 1987 proved pivotal for Les Shtauss, as their track “Bang Bang Boom” featured on the “Eyes On You” compilation by Closer/Teenage Records, earning them well-deserved international recognition. The group continued their stride by releasing an impressive 45 RPM record, “Everybody Rockin'” / “Black In Town,” bursting with raging decibels, reminiscent of the pure punk style pioneered by Ramones and The Stooges.
Their incredible energy found a fresh expression with the six-track album No Feeling (1989 – Closer Records), a cohesive work in line with their distinctive style. It’s worth noting that the group was guided by Stéphane Saunier (in production), a pivotal figure at Closer Records during the late 80s and a staunch advocate for rock on the airwaves of Canal+.
In 2023, the legacy of Shtauss gains a fresh breath with the comprehensive reissue of their discography under Atypeek Music, benefiting from a remastering by Yaref Ben Hazim (Moodie Black, Barbara Panther…). This reissue rekindles the flame of rock’n’roll, providing an unprecedented opportunity to dive into the raw and timeless energy of this group that managed to leave a mark on history.
1. Bigger Man
2. Sweet Sixteen
3. My Bottle Of Wine
4. Unchain That Girl
7. Everybody’s Rockin
8. Black In Town
9. Bang Bang Boum
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