The Battery Farm has been one of my most enjoyed bands to review during my time at RGM. The gutter-punk four-piece impressed me earlier in the year with their track When The Whip Goes Crack and along with that song we now have their second EP, Dirty Den’s March Of Suffering.
When approaching the EP I thought to myself, christ guys eight-tracks? This should be an album, however, there is a variety of filler content to progress the EP. Each filler is a poetic and slow piano-based piece referencing Coronation Street fatalities. It’s quite the regional EP.
When The Whip Goes Crack is an aggressive and gritty opener to the main core of the EP with a heavy chorus with heavier vocals to match. It breaks into gentle bridges and demonstrates the variety The Battery Farm is going to present throughout this EP – back and forth transitions from the gritty punk to the pleasant moments that don’t last forever.
I’ve Never Been To Gorton is an intriguing follow-on with a rhythm that almost feels unique. It’s a track that achieves a lot in two and a half minutes. The instrumentation grooves so smoothly in the chorus and the verse has this guttural bass and drums combo that grabs ahold of you. If you’re not dancing to this song I don’t know what you’re doing. The vocals are exceptional here that sound like they’re from an early 00s indie track, but it’s really hard to place this track at any point in music history.
Drowning In The Black is another aggressive piece with noisy and haunting leads that explodes into this patriotic piece with intense guitars moving up and down the fretboard and vocals that feel like your chest is being ripped out. The eerieness in the opening of the track has a feeling of distaste, the lyrics match and the flooding of noise from guitars and drums gives you the expectation of something big. This is a band that does not disappoint.
Roy Keane Isn’t Real is the latest single by the group and is a huge punk track from the beginning. Imagine Sex Pistols with distorted guitars. The chorus-heavy guitars give huge grunge vibes but dominating them is the slick bass guitar that sounds like it’s straight out of a Black Flag song. Whilst it’s up for dispute whether Roy Keane is real, what’s certain is that this is a powerful punk track. The Battery Farm is going to get you moving one way or another.
We’re At The Top is a poetic finish to the EP with the slow-burner guitars reflecting the filler pieces before it. The piece is smooth and is just what we needed after some fast and gritty tracks. The vocals ring out nicely over gentle guitar picking. It’s like a softer Arctic Monkeys moment with a darker-sounding edge to it.
For a band that I was already impressed with, I’ve been even more intrigued by their style, sound, and approach to music. The EP will release 15/10/2021.
The band will be headlining Gullivers NQ in Manchester for RGM live the following day in support of the EP’s release. Tickets HERE