Heavy Blues trio The Wooden Shields release debut album “First Fall of the Axe”
They will bring you awesome blues guitar riffs, fast Rock ‘n Roll rhythms and howlin’ vocals. But above all the Wooden Shields hailing from Paris, France are good musicians that play a mix of heavy Blues and Rock ‘n Roll in various styles. Their inspitation comes from the Delta to the Chicago blues and from the Bay Area to the far East Coast. You will quickly notice that their music easy fits the liquor bottle it is made for.
Wooden Shields Album “First Fall of the Axe”
After releasing two singles and a live album, their first full length studio album was just “First Fall of the Axe” released. In the Wooden Shields you will hear a sound that is comparable to the Black Keys or Reign Wolf. Inspired by the likes of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough the Wooden Shields are able to create some of the best composed songs around. The diversity of the songs on this album really amazed and therefore it is a pleasure to listen to it.
“With a poised, soulful croon, the band sing out each of their battle songs as if it is their last fight. To witness one of their shows is to stand exhausted on a field of battle and survey the scars and bruises left by the wild energy and the fuzzy sound.”
Becoming the Wooden Shields
Before becoming the heavy blues rock trio “Wooden Shields”, Rémi Bottriaux (drums) and Morgan Briand (guitar, vocals) met on the bench of a design studio in Paris. The first day on the job for them both, rock n’ roll was a natural ice breaker! Both guitar players at the time, they started jamming and recording covers for fun. Pushing the boundaries further, Rémi traded his guitar for a drum set and they were off on the road to discovering their own sound.
The Paris inhabitants rehearsed in cheap rehearsal studios till they created a reliable set-list of covers and then to their first 4 track demo. They continued to build on their minimalist roots, developing a true raw blues sound. But something was missing and the time to expand had come…
Looking to hit harder and louder, the duo became a trio with the arrival of a new bassist, Benjamin Ménégale. Sharing and mixing music influences, they created a more singular and raw rock n’ roll sound.
Lucille and other wild Blues songs
Their song Lucille is a tribute to B.B. King. Itsong brings you to the imaginary lone Delta land filled with dry wood and dusty winds before some badass lightnin’ strike kicks in. The Lightnin’ kicks in on ‘It’s Allright’ a fast up-tempo blues song with a catchy chorus, heavy guitar riff and wild harmonica. Be warned for ‘She’s Gone’, especially the guitar melody in this songs continues on automatic repeat in your head for the next 24 hours.
With “First Fall of the Axe” the Wooden Shields show that their musicians in various styles of Rock, Rock ‘n Roll and Blues. The album is really divers moving from up tempo heavy blues, to slow delta style ballads. It is refreshing to listen to these guys and will easily repeat the songs multiple times on your vinyl player. It would be a pleasure to see these Paris inhabitants at your local concert venue. I would definitely come and see them.