Here’s something seriously noisy! New single Poet Boy by The Battery Farm!
The Battery Farm are a Gutter Punk four-piece from Manchester playing punishing, pulverising rock music brimming with pain and passion.
Formed in March 2019 by brothers Ben and Dominic Corry. It was formed as a cry of despair; a terrified and furious response to a world that rapidly seems to be going wrong. This is reflected in the sound of the band which is frantic, visceral and violent but also laced with beauty and melody. Our sound has been compared to bands like IDLES, PIL, Fugazi and Pere Ubu while maintaining something thrillingly real, original and human.
They released our debut single ‘97/91’ in July 2019 to extremely positive reviews. Our second single ‘I Am a Man’ followed to further acclaim with music blog Dreamin’ is Free calling it ‘a fitting anthem for our times’. We are rapidly winning hearts and minds by bringing people something that is real, passionate, and raw. We are presenting something borne from personal experience that chimes with the difficulties and anxieties that a lot of people face today, and people are responding to it. Life’s a battery farm. It’s a sick, sick world.
The Battery Farm are:
Ben Corry: Vocals/Guitar, Dominic Corry: Guitar, Paul Worrall: Bass, Sam Parkinson: Drums. We gave our ten nosey questions to Ben Corry along side the video premiere to let you find out a bit more about this noisy bunch of punks
NR: Briefly introduce yourselves in less than 10 words…..
BJ: Mancunian Gutter Punks singing songs of pain and passion
NR: What made you want to get into music?
BJ:It’s the cliche of all cliches but what made me get into music was seeing the video to Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit for the first time. It was a year zero moment. I’d never seen anything like it, I’d never heard anything like it. The power, the passion, the intensity. From there I devoured everything and anything Nirvana-related and everything else snowballed from that. They made me want to create something beautiful, they gave me an outlet to exorcise and articulate the tumult inside of me. My tastes have shifted and changed since then and other bands have come along, but that band and that song were ultimately the genesis of everything I’ve become as an artist and Human Being. Nirvana changed my life irrevocably, for the better, opening up worlds for me I never thought possible, and for that they’ll always mean a lot to me.
NR: What is the writing process?
BJ: I generally write the lyrics while Dom, our guitarist and my brother, writes the music. We work on those things separately then bring them together and work together to structure the song. We then take it to Paul, our bassist, and work out a full bassline for the song before taking it into the practice room to work on as a full band. Sometimes me and Dom have an idea of what we want for the bass and drums, sometimes we don’t. Most of the time Paul and Sam, our drummer, have better ideas for that stuff than us anyway.
We don’t always work to that formula either. The last couple of new songs we’ve done have been a proper collaborative thing, put together in the practice room based on beats that Sam started playing there and then. It feels like we’re evolving in a lot of ways at the moment. It’s exciting.
NR: What has been the best gig you’ve ever played?
BJ: The Peer Hat in Manchester for Abattoir Blues Records back in November. It was our first headline set and it felt like a turning point for our band. A packed room and an extraordinary line-up of bands made for a relentlessly intense, unceasingly joyous outer body experience of a gig. It felt communal and beautiful, like every single person in the room was on our side. Proper, unadulterated magic. There will be more of those.
NR: What was the last track you played on Spotify?
BJ: Burn Your Idols by Cold Water Swimmers. That track is on a best of 2019 playlist we put together, which I must have been listening to. CWS supported us at the aforementioned Peer Hat gig, they’re ace.
NR: What would be on your band rider?
BJ: Strongbow Dark Fruit. I can’t speak for the others but that’s all I want. Maybe the ingredients to make White Russians if I’m feeling especially extravagant. And Space Raiders. And grapes. Black ones. Turns out I’m more demanding than I thought.
NR: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
BJ: I’d try and make sure there was more diversity on line-ups from top to bottom. We’ve played a lot of gigs where it’s been all male line-ups throughout, and it’s not for a lack of bands fronted by other genders. Regardless of what anybody says, sexism in the music industry is still a prominent problem. One of the ways to tackle that is to ensure women and non-binary people are represented equally on every line-up at a grassroots level. At the moment there is an imbalance of representation, particularly at our level. All-male gig line-ups are, consciously or unconsciously, seen as the default and that shouldn’t be the case. There is no default.
NR: If you could collaborate with any band / person / producer who would it be?
BJ: Poppy. She’s amazing. Conceptually, artistically, aesthetically, everything. I’ve never seen anything like what she does. She’s a one-person YouTube rabbit hole who twists the zeitgeist to fit her art. A collaboration with Poppy isn’t going to happen any time soon but it would be a fascinating experience.
NR: What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?
BJ: There are loads! Richard Carlson Band, Heavy Salad, The Red Stains, Tinfoils, Witch Fever, Cold Water Swimmers who I mentioned earlier, Bones Shake, The Maitlands, The 99 Degree, The Empty Page, ILL. Manchester is seething with talent at the moment, everywhere you look.
NR: What’s in store for you in 2020?
BJ: Lots! We kicked the year off by releasing our new single Crude Oil Water on New Years day so we’re starting as we mean to go on. More new releases to come this year as well as bigger and more frequent gigs. We’re booked on a couple of festivals this year which I am very much looking forward to, particularly Ulltra Festival in Hull in April which has an unbelievable line-up but we will obviously have to wait and see…. Either way 2020’s gonna be a big do. There is much to be excited for.
For more info check out:
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are all @thebatteryfarm
97/91 Official Video – bit.ly/9791TBFYT
I Am a Man Official Video – bit.ly/IAAMTBF
Crude Oil Water Official Video – https://youtu.be/6mUdySGaWzY
Bandcamp – thebatteryfarm.bandcamp.com