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It’s been a pretty successful last 18 months for Manchester “gutter punks”, The Battery Farm. Signing to Rare Vitamin Records, releasing a couple of EPs, a debut LP “Flies” and an appearance at Rebellion Punk Festival. All bucket list stuff in the eyes of lead singer Ben Corry.
Now they’ve released their heaviest track to date, House Of Pain, with shades of Rage Against The Machine and 90s Seattle grunge, wrapped up in a hardcore punk blanket. Dom Corry continues to be one of the most under rated guitarists in the current scene (not by me though) and drummer Sam Parkinson has been let off the leash with this one, showcasing his full range. Congratulations to whoever produced this as it sounds huge, encapsulating their live sound. If you’re planning any DIY soon, then throw away the sandpaper now as this will strip paint back to bare wood!!
If Ben sounds angry, it’s because he is. Angry with the way the world is, one eye on the future for his children but another for those struggling to get by in modern day Britain. Where there is inequality, you’ll find The Battery Farm fronting DC Comic’s new superhero gang, The Injustice League.
To quote Ben himself “House of Pain is a song about survival, a song that kicks back against the shame imposed on all of us who are scraping by in an ongoing and worsening cost of greed crisis. You do what you have to to survive, and how dare anyone in a position of privilege look down their nose.”
The single is released 13th October on all platforms, including a 7-inch vinyl run, on Rare Vitamin Records. It comes with the B-side A Time of Peace, a song about living in a time of perpetual crisis. In reality this release should probably be a good old double A-side, as it pisses over most new songs, rendering them in effect double B-sides, but only clocking in at 72 seconds might count against it.
The Battery Farm are like a virus, constantly mutating and coming back even stronger. The lab boffins have got their work cut out trying to formulate a vaccine for these lads.
You still have time to be infected before the year’s out at the following shows,
Fri 14th Oct @ Bank Top Tavern Oldham
28/29th Oct @ Karma Weekender Nottingham
10th Nov @ 1 in 12 Club, Bradford
11th Nov @ Waves Festival, Sunderland
15th Dec @ O2 Ritz Manchester, Supporting The Chameleons