Now this is a Band you will want to know a little better,The Batteries. It’s a new/old kind of punk , for me anyway I make these kinds of differentiation’s between that loud angry people spitting at me punk and the smart punk that was done by people like Jim Carroll or maybe someone you have heard of like Patti Smith. It centers around the lyrics and then the beat is a whole lot faster than let’s say, garage rock. The Batteries are way cool , no disputing that , Mallory has that poet delivery down pat and the guys make some righteous noise , making The Batteries one of my favorite new bands of 2016.
Meet – The Batteries:
for those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?
We actually started as a three piece. Our drummer, guitarist, and bassist have been friends for pretty much as long as we have been alive. We all played together every once in a while but it was nothing serious until our guitarist and bassist were inspired to start a band after going to a Black Keys concert in 2014. So, we played as a three piece for a while but we decided that we needed someone to sing. We recruited our current singer that we all knew through mutual friends. She was already a fan of the band and the kind of music we play so it worked out great.
who would you list as your musical influence?.
Musically, we’re inspired by a bunch of emo and pop punk bands along with some surf rock. The biggest one out of all of those is probably My Chemical Romance. We’re also inspired by a ton of British bands like Supergrass and The Arctic Monkeys. We take a bit of inspiration from The Strokes as well. Our live show and how we like to convey ourselves is definitely inspired by bands like The Garden, Death Grips, and Foxygen.
whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
Well, it’s always super humbling when somebody random recognizes you as a member of the band. But, if we had to pick one event it would probably be when we got kicked out of a local high school we were playing at because our set resulted in some property damage. It felt really badass.
what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.
As of now, our two biggest goals are probably to tour and to get picked up by a record label. Since we’ve just been recording everything in our drummer’s basement, it would be really nice to have some professional production and label support. We just want to make the best music that we can possibly make and be as big as we can be.
what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Danger Days, Melophobia, and …Like Clockwork were all pretty great. Holy Ghost by Modern Baseball and Teens of Denial by Car Seat Headrest are two amazing records that came out this year just to name a few. We stumbled across a super fun surf rock record called Stoked On You by a group called The Aquadolls that we’ve been vibing to recently. We’d definitely recommend it.
Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
For sure. In the internet age, social media is really the best way to get your name out there. It’s super easy to promote your shows/music and build a fan base. We also think that reaching out to fans and making a personal connection with them is important. Fans get to see who you really are. It can be a pain in the ass, but it’s worth it.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off
To an extent. It’s good to get a different perspective on what you’re doing sometimes. Again, we’re trying to make the best music that we can, so outside advice can definitely be helpful. Most of the time it’s just unnecessary criticism, or things that we can’t fix. We try to block out the purely negative comments. Nobody needs that.
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
We would love to just tour everywhere. We want to play in as many places as possible. If we had to pick one area though, it would either be the West Coast or the UK. Either one of those would be rad.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
Music can absolutely save lives. We know from first hand experience, having dealt with band members that have struggled with depression. Music is just an amazing way to escape the sometimes bleak reality that surrounds you. Having a way to convey your thoughts and what you’re going through to a large group of people is very important and almost necessary for a healthy mental state. Nothing is more rewarding than helping somebody get through a hard time in his or her life. Having music people can relate to is super important because it lets that person know that they’re not alone. There’s a group of people that have gone through exactly what you’re going through and it gets better.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
If we had to say one thing to the fans it’s keep believing in us and we’ll keep making the best music that we possibly can.