Les Messieurs du Rock
Reviewed by Darcie Stevens, Fri., April 9, 2004
Les Messieurs du RockL'estase (Sixgunlover) Who doesn't love a little schtick with their rock & roll? Les Messieurs du Rock bill themselves as recent Austinites via Paris where they say they were very successful. High-energy shows swell with skinny mustaches, long, flowing scarves, and of course an accordion. They've been known to give the Yuppie Pricks a run for their money when it comes to arrogance, and more times than not, they're joined onstage by the alluring Boom Chica Boom Go Go Girls. More schtick couldn't fit in Gene Simmons' codpiece. That said, their debut, L'estase, is anything but trite. Well, mostly. With most songs barely crossing the two-minute mark, L'estase wastes no time in warming up the dance floor. "Cocktail" invites Lou Reed and Television to the garage as long as they bring the hash. Les Messieurs à la Fugazi wax vengeful in "Throw the Bug," with the hard-learned moral, "Chances are tres bien you're gonna do it again" echoing till track's end. "Somebody" blends a little funk with the hysteria, and the sexy "I'm Going to Pull Out and Cry All Over Your" (the song embellishes on what the title left out) is a long, lazy, and stoned simulated orgasm. Still, there's no way eight minutes of "Feeling" could be expected. Repetitions of "fa fa fa" and dreamy whispers, as well as the sudden appearance of brass, lull the album to a close with a little je ne sais quoi. Add this one to the list of wine, cheese, and socialism.