SHOESHINERS




After COVID times, Shoeshiners was founded around Serge Fabre (ex Staretz) and Dominique Remaury(ex Sabotage) to find the essence of the trio formula. They were soon joined by a young drummer, Étienne Grimaux. The challenge was to take full advantage of each member's potential to create a consistent sound. Navigating between purified rhythm and blues and elegant rock and roll, the style was quickly found. An unadorned telecaster sound, a round and nervous bass and a fine drumming style became the trio's signature sound, which became more refined as their live performances progressed. Which ones? Those of a small band from the south-west of France, which travels through the bars, winning contracts as it goes...
Whether you call them juke joints or honky tonks in the U.S.A. or pubs in England, in the end it's all the same. The life of a pub rocker is all about giving a good time to an audience that's often there by chance in their case, with a repertoire of their own compositions and a few covers that tells a lot about the Shoeshiners' heritage.
Take a look for yourself : "When You Walk In The Room" by Jackie de Shannon, "Mercy mercy" by Don Covay or "Devil with a blue dress on" by the great Mitch Ryder, yesterday's hero now forgotten.
In 2023, Shoeshiners stepped into a modest studio in the Toulouse countryside and recorded a great album, which Bang records is proud to present to you.


À la sortie du COVID, Shoeshiners se forme autour de Serge Fabre (ex Staretz) et de Dominique Remaury (ex Sabotage) pour retrouver l'essence de la formation légère qu'est le trio. Un jeune batteur, Étienne Grimaux les rejoint rapidement. L'enjeu est alors de tirer parti entièrement des possibilités de chacun pour trouver un son cohérent. Naviguant entre un rhythm and blues épuré et un rock and roll élégant, le style est rapidement trouvé. Un son de telecaster sans fioritures, une basse ronde et nerveuse et un jeu de batterie fin et racé flirtant parfois avec le jazz, deviennent la signature du trio qui s'affine au fur et à mesure des prestations scéniques.
Lesquelles? Celles d'un groupe du sud-ouest de la France qui parcourt les bars au fil des contrats décrochés...
Qu'on les appelle "juke joint" ou "honky tonk" aux U.S.A. ou "pubs" en Angleterre, c'est finalement la même chose. La vie de pub rockers c'est finalement de faire passer un bon moment à un public venu là, souvent par hasard, dans le cas des Shoeshiners, avec un répertoire de compositions personnelles et de quelques reprises éparses qui en disent long sur leur héritage musical.
Voyez-vous même : "When You Walk In The Room" de Jackie de Shannon, "Mercy mercy" de Don Covay ou encore "Devil with a blue dress on" du grand Mitch Ryder héros d'hier aujourd'hui tombé dans l'oubli.
En 2023, les Shoeshiners sont entrés dans un modeste studio de la campagne toulousaine et ont enregistré un album magnifique que Bang records est fier de vous présenter.



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SHOESHINERS

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In May 2023, Shoeshiners spent a week in the ATL studio in a village on the banks of the Garonne in the north of Toulouse (France), recording this album. With the help of host Patrick Arpaillange and Christian SĂ©minor on percussion, they crafted a simple, stripped-down sound that unfolds over 13 songs. more...



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Alligator blood
Written by Serge Fabre.

Video directed by Shoeshiners.
Produced by Patrick Arpaillange at ATL Studio, Verdun-sur-Garonne Released 2022-05 .

Daddy you can't
Written by Serge Fabre.

Video directed by Shoeshiners.
Produced by Patrick Arpaillange at ATL Studio, Verdun-sur-Garonne Released 2022-05 .