Gil Rose et les Hydropathes are playing rock music since the craddle. Not really interested to be reduced to a single style, they created their own way to live it. And this way, they built it during two decades of a chaotic course… As it must be.
Gil wins his colour Rose only after years of playing bass, guitar or drums in several bands that were looking for the meeting point of disorder and elegance. Living in Geneva, Switzerland since fifteen years, he tried to fly solo: acoustic baladin with psychotic reactions "à la" Suicide. But he never forgets his birthplace of Nîmes, south of France, where are still based his faithful Hydropathes since the time of the first mutual bands (Paralytics, Bohemians, etc.)..
By his side, Jack O. Leroy surfed sucessfully on the grungy wave with Drive Blind, then followed the NYC rock'n'roll dream on the traces of Johnny Thunders while playing for many years with Kevin K & the Real Kool Kats and befriended some "dandys of the underworld" like Dave Kusworth.
Doc Poison put his harmonica at the service of Garage bands and gangs adicted to the wild blues.
Since 2004, they brought together the yarns of these adventures to create their own thing without any explanation to give, just a road to be traced: Gil Rose et les Hydropathes are not obsessed by the references but they listened to and liked with abundance. Among thousands of other possible, we will throw here some names: Alex Chilton, the Kinks or Johnny Thunders (to whom they paid a vibrating acoustic live tribute two years ago) for the sound or Nino Ferrer and Jacques Dutronc for the verb.
Work seriously began with several albums (like “Klondike”, still available on CDBaby) carried out in the urgency, of collaborations around - or with - some their heroes (the Cramps, Nikki Sudden, Rowland S. Howard, Jeremy Gluck…), openings for the traditional ones like Tex Perkins, the other Australian icon, or Walter Lure, the legendary guitarist of Heartbreakers. They tie relationships with individualities or groups of the same rock'n'roll mood: Dimi Dero Inc., The Jim Jones Revue, Wreckless Eric… Who will be producing their next studio album which the release is envisaged for the beginning of 2010..
Today, Miss Fatiha Walker is new the bass player who accompanies the moult towards a direct music, to the bone which testifies this new five tracks CD single, La surprise du chef, published initially in limited edition "for fans only" and almost sold-out before its official release, who profits finally from a worldwide release. The quartet is proposinf you a purified version of their “classy” rock'n'roll tinted of English or American resonances but sung “in french” and making the good share with the subtle mixture of electric guitars and acoustic. Light and without logages, they take the short cuts, release the dogs or make it sound velvety, sometimes groovy, sometimes melancholic, explosive or intimist…