THOMAS SCHOEFFLER, JR.

BLUES
Mulhouse, France

Thomas Schoeffler,
Thomas Schoeffler, “Jesus Shot Me Down” (album, 2015). Credit: Eric Antoine

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[FR] Thomas Schoeffler Jr est en fuite. Les raisons de cette échappée sont semées au fil des morceaux de ses deux albums Daddy’s not going home sorti en 2012 et Jesus shot me down publié au printemps dernier.  Deux œuvres mouvantes. Deux appels à la dérive alternant entre moments de frénésies et contemplations dénuées d’artifices.

Capable de ramener parmi nous Hank Williams sur une reprise de Lonesome Whistle à la grâce contenu. Il impressionne aussi par cette puissance impétueuse qu’il dégage par sa seule présence sur scène, occupant l’espace sonore d’un quatuor qu’il aurait enfermé dans son corps.

Jesus shot me down, son deuxième opus, sillonne le long des beautés endormies et leur souffle un réveil malicieux. A l’image de cette guitare constante, qui s’emballe pour structurer librement des courses bruyantes, des embardées folles. Insaisissable. On ne peut prétendre avoir épuisé son mystère.

– Mehdi D. Margolin


Thomas Schoeffler Jr. (Promo shot). Credit: Bartosch Salmanski
Thomas Schoeffler Jr. (Promo shot). Credit: Bartosch Salmanski

[EN] Thomas Schoeffler Jr is on the run. His songs, spread out over his two album releases, Daddy’s Not Going Home (2012) and Jesus Shot Me Down (2015), offer insight into his elusive rambling. Two albums, two bodies of work on the move. Calling you twice, to drift, to jump. From a high-speed frenzy to a space of raw and quiet contemplation.

Bringing us back Hank Williams with his cover of Lonesome Whistle, Thomas Schoeffler Jr. masters moments of grace such as these. He equally impresses with his powerful, impetuous live performances – alone on stage, he occupies sonic spaces as if a full band is trapped in his body.

Jesus Shot Me Down, his second release, treads through sublime, golden slumbers before awakening the listener slowly, mischievously. Schoeffler Jr’s ever-present guitar is left to roam freely, its structures loud and wild, swerving madly – like a man on the run… You see, we’d rather not pretend to have entirely captured the mystery that is Thomas Schoeffler Jr.

– Translated by Mehdi D. Margolin & Jannike Bergh


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