“Who are these guys? At first they sounded like just another power trio, but it quickly became apparent that they had subtlety to their energy”
Richard Cromonic- Beat Magazine
“Linscotts intro in Dark of The Night, was the best gong I had heard in town, he combined feedback, volume control and delay to slowly build a symphonic stack of overlapping cords that then remained as ballast for the song”
Some years back, The Boston band Johanna Wild had already made an impression on the local music scene and were poised to break on a national level when they decided to call it quits. Members Jeff Linscott and Troy Douglas Sutler parted ways with Jon Butcher and Derek Blevins and started to write new material while they searched for a drummer.
Drummer, Danny Archambeault , had recently left Third Rail. Danny was a perfect fit. He joined Jeff and Troy, offering a high energy beat. With Troy’s introspective and thought provoking lyrics combined with Jeff’s unique ethereal guitar playing, France has the edge that commands attention.
France played their first gig in September of 1979 and quickly attracted a following. The press paid attention. By summer of 1980 they were invited to the 2nd WBCN Rock and Roll Rumble. This was the first year the event was at the infamous RAT in Kenmore Square. France won second prize.
When you are young you never know how lucky you are to find success in such a competitive arena. Some are intuitive and run to open doors. Some find the attention, adulation and party atmosphere more attractive. The latter was the downfall of France.
A while after the breakup there was an attempt at a reunion but it failed to generate the momentum of their former glory.
Now, France is back in the studio, recording a new repertoire of songs, along with updated fan favorites. Look for us at www.franceband .com, where you can follow along.
Troy Douglas Sutler III
Danny...Well, just call Jeff or Troy!