Band members Suspiria and James grew up in the suburbs of Lisbon, Portugal with a lot of will, but nothing to do. They spent a good part of their time throwing old TV´s from bridges. It was all fun, but seemingly wasn't enough for the two, so at the end of 1998 they started a Punk/New Wave band that caught the immediate attention of both punks and the police. It was this project that became what is now known as pro-feminist punk rock band Les Baton Rouge.
After touring intensively in Portugal, the band left their tiny universe and moved towards Berlin from 2002 to 2006. Both Suspiria and James had played in other bands since 1994 such as Everground and Kiute Loss, but it was with Les Baton Rouge that they started touring worldwide. Thus far, Les Baton Rouge has done 2 major European tours, (Portugal, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, England, Austria) and 3 major tours in the U.S., passing through festivals like SXSW and clubs like CBGB´s. Throughout their stateside touring, they have also appeared on several TV programs including Chic-Go-Go out of Chicago, Fearless Music out of New York, and Texas Live TV.
Les Baton Rouge have also performed in places outside of the conventional Rock 'n' Roll circuit, including libraries, strip clubs, prisons and psychiatric institutions. They have already shared the stage with artists such as Sylvain Sylvain of New York Dolls, Marky Ramone of The Ramones, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys, Peaches, Dick Dale, Tim Kerr, The Hives, Joan Jett, Franz Ferdinand and Toy Dolls, among many others.
Their last record, My Body-The Pistol, was released in early 2004 by Elevator Music and was produced through the collaboration with Tim Kerr. The album went directly to the CMJ American Charts, and received numerous raves worldwide.
The band describes their sound as "a friend punching another to wake him up from a terrible catatonia," and their show as a "performance in real time". Destruction is everywhere around us, and they are a part of it. The audience usually gets chaotic during their sets, and dancing with the crowd on the floor off-stage and creating a catastrophe gives the members of Les Baton Rouge enormous pleasure.
Today, Les Baton Rouge have their name in the history of American Rock 'n' Roll, having been considered one of the most intense live acts still playing.