The Fatal Touch - 1990 - Berman
S= Les Beatniks, Freemen, Force 5>>Jean-Louis Thouvenot
G= Krypton>>FRANCOIS FRENOY
B= Patrick Nivesse>>Shooter - PASCAL AGNETTI>>Futura
D= Alain Thouvenot
This French hard rock band released two rare melodic albums. The group was formed in 1983 and issued a demo featuring its best songs, Foreign Lands, The Game and Too Much. Melting Point was issued by the growing French label Dream Records and produced by Satan Jokers’ drummer Renaud Hantson. After several shows, the band signed with the Spanish Berman label for its second album. A revamped line-up issued a demo in 1992 called Shut Up Your Face, Open Your Ears. This demo featured former Squealer singer Pascal Bailly. The band eventually fell apart with several members having left for personal reasons.
Hot Metal Records bootlegged both albums on disc years later. This edition cold not even get the members’ names right. Vocalist Jean-Louis Thouvenot reportedly died due to cancer in 2007.
EXCESS - MELTING POINT - DREAM
EXCESS - THE FATAL TOUCH - BERMAN
French metal band Excess had two full-length albums and an EP in the '80s, which were, are and will always be insider tips. Nevertheless, the band is well worth investigating for lovers of true hard rock and heavy metal, which is why Metallian magazine’s own Ali “The Metallian” tracked down the group’s one-time bassist Patrick Nivesse for a tour of the band’s history and what once was. - 07.09.2008
METALLIAN: Patrick, tell me about the early days of Excess?
PATRICK: The band was created in 1982 by the brothers Alain, drummer, and Jean-Louis, singer. At this time, the Thouvenot brothers were looking for a bass player who looked ”˜rock n' roll!’ They asked me to audition for the band, which was at this point called Force. At this time, the guitarist wasn't sure what he wanted to do. He left the band. That is why we placed an announcement in Enfer Magazine for a replacement. That's when we met FranÃ§is, guitarist and composer of Excess.
METALLIAN: What was the name of this early guitarist and what happened to him?
PATRICK: He was called Farid. He started giving guitar lessons after his departure.
METALLIAN: Why was the name Excess picked after Force was deemed not suitable?
PATRICK: The name Excess was found by Francis. The story is that, the drummer and I were always drinking more alcohol than the average or normal way. It always finished badly in the bars of the city. There were always excesses in the parties organized by the band,. That was what gave the other two members of the band the idea to choose the word ‘Excès,’ which became Excess. You can imagine that I and Alain agreed to this word because it was very representative of our behaviour!
METALLIAN: Were you in any bands before Excess?
PATRICK: I was involved in some bands without any future before Excess. I was well known because I was the bass player who always finished songs with my bass at the back. The names mean nothing.
METALLIAN: Tell me about your personal early days.
PATRICK: I got into metal when I was sixteen thanks to my neighbour. He made me listen to Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. It made me buy a guitar in order to try to imitate the guitarists of my favourite bands., but I quickly realized that there were too many strings. It was only a few years later that I understood that a bass was as hard as a guitar to play.
METALLIAN: Which city were you born in?
PATRICK: I was born in Douai in the north of France on the 27th of April, 1957.
METALLIAN: Let us talk about the next stage of the band’s development. How did you obtain your first deal and what was Dream Records all about?
PATRICK: Dream Records was a small French label, which helped us. I think the manager of the label took pity on us. It opened doors for us for the future. The deal was for three years.
METALLIAN: what was the label manager’s name?
PATRICK: I don't remember his name.
METALLIAN: You managed to get a known musician as a producer. What was the story behind that?
PATRICK: Good question! The record company imposed this producer on us. Renaud Hantson of Satan Jokers brought us his work experience, but the product did not sound like the band. We were too young in the profession. If the debut was redone, the product would be sharply better.
METALLIAN: Can you talk about the songs Foreign Lands and Cut?
PATRICK: The song Foreign Lands is one of first titles the band wrote. The text touched me a lot. It speaks about people who work far away from their country.
The song The Cut refers to me and the drummer - it speaks about excesses. These two titles were very representative of the band. They were very much in demand during concerts. The band chose the songs that ended up on the album. The producer chose the order on the album. It seemed to me that the last title, The Game, was very appreciated by the public.
METALLIAN: Next Excess ends up on a Spanish label with an album, which features several old songs from the first album.
PATRICK: I don't remember why we signed up with a Spanish label. There were not enough tracks ready and not enough time for the second album. So we took five songs from the former album and then added five new songs.
METALLIAN: Patrick, you were replaced! Why and when?
PATRICK: I decided to leave the band a year after the release of the second album due to musical and professional taste divergences. I did not agree with the direction which the band took.
METALLIAN: Can you be more specific?
PATRICK: I wasn't in agreement with the rest of the band about our deal. The difference was especially with the label.
METALLIAN: Jean-Louis Thouvenot was also replaced.
PATRICK: JL left because of health problems. It was very difficult to replace him. We went three years without finding a singer.
METALLIAN: Is it true that Jean-Louis Thouvenot has died?
PATRICK: It's true that Jean-Louis Thouvenot has died. He let me know that he has cancer one week before his death and that it was the end for him. We were still all in contact. I don’t know what the type of cancer it was. He didn't tell me.
METALLIAN: Let us chat about Excess’ concerts?
PATRICK: We mainly played a lot in France when I was in the band. After my departure, the band played with Vengeance. I remember that we made a smoke machine for a show. We were worried about not having enough smoke on stage so we bought some from the mortuary of Bourges and they delivered a palette of ice blocks. These were the same ice as that used by our machine. However, a single block of ice was sufficient for the entire evening.
So we enjoyed ourselves by pissing on blocks of ice to melt them
METALLIAN: Funny. Patrick, why has the band suffered such a low profile when you released, what I would consider, two great albums? The band some good publicity in France via advertising in Metal Attack and Enfer at the time.
PATRICK: We had it enough in France. it is difficult to play when we play this music style. We weren't born in a good country.
METALLIAN: Consequently, why did Excess break up?
PATRICK: The group stopped in 1993, very simply it had bet on a new CD with three songs, which was self-produced. This disc did not yield the fruits the band had wanted.
A French label was interested in the band, but they wanted the lyrics to be written in French. The group wanted to keep its identity and refused. It was the end of the adventure.
METALLIAN: What was this label called?
PATRICK: I wasn't in the band at this point so I don't know about the label. I just heard this story a few month ago myself.
METALLIAN: Let’s talk about what you have been up to since?
PATRICK: Following Excess I played in several bands until the day I met André Fuciarelli, who had just left his band. My bands were uninteresting and some didn’t even have names. André and I had the same vision of things; the same ideas. We decided to create the band Shooter. You will find everything on the site shooter.fr, and on myspace..
METALLIAN: And what is Patrick up to in his civilian life?
PATRICK: I have been married for more than 30 years. I have two children and I am grandfather of three. I'm 51 years old, but I am always a kid, I always shake my wig, always wear cowboy boots, drive a motorcycle and drink some beer and especially I listen to and always play heavy metal.
METALLIAN: Are you fond of any particular bands?
PATRICK: I am a big fan of Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Saxon and Motörhead. I wish more than anything to meet Steve Harris and even to be the opening act for Maiden. They would not be disappointed (laughs again).
Patrick already mentioned Shooter’s website so all that remains is for fans to hunt down old copies of Excess’ album while we wait for the music to be re-released and more widely available again.
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