The Battery FarmThe Battery Farm: Dirty Den’s March Of Suffering – EP review

Dirty Den’s March Of Suffering

Blindside Records

CD/DL/Vinyl available 15th October here

The punk juggernaut of The Battery Farm continues to march on with a second EP that’s as strong as the debut, with some strange elements that creep out of the weird little world they’re creating along the ride. Wayne AF Carey straps himself in for the rush…

The Battery Farm up their ante with their second EP which is a dark little bastard at the best of times. Opening funereal track (Don Brennan’s Lament) kicks off the proceedings with some bizarre gothic nonsense that slides straight into the excellent When The Whip Goes Crack, a well written punk grunge number that fits right into the new wave of 90’s inspired music that’s hitting the scene just in sync with the rise of that exciting time when Tad, Mudhoney and Nirvana hit the scene. I’ve Never Been To Gorton is a right laugh. A pop punk gem that name checks every fuckin’ place in Manchester they can think of. Don’t cry if you don’t get a mention and remember to visit Gorton if you get chance. (Sunita’s Last Gasp) is another interlude that just goes weird and dark before the foreboding Drowning In The Black kicks in with a great bass intro and drumbeat. This is their goth moment as it goes a bit Placebo with bollocks and the echoing guitars sound amazing.

Roy Keane Isn’t Real is a razor sharp slice of gritty guitars and a romp of vintage noise. This is punk grunge at it’s best and rips your face off with that bucket of scuzz noise that’s poured over your pitiful heads. A stop start lovely mess. (Michael Rodwell Dies Alone) is the last funereal instrumental which again name checks another Eastenders character if you’ve not sussed the theme yet, then last track We’re At The Top surprises me big time. It’s a mellow soul tinged number that is just beautiful and shows the range and style of these guys goes further than the average band. A splendid bit of melancholia that works. The Battery Farm go from strength to strength and I reckon it may be their time to shine…

The Battery Farm play Gullivers NQ, Manchester this Saturday October 16th. The venue will be transformed into a sinister world of their own. Expect a modern freak show…

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Words by Wayne Carey, Reviews Editor for Louder Than War. His author profile is here

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"I'm a 50 year old man, and I like it!" A music nut from North Manchester residing in Northwich. If it's good I'm on it. Most genres covered but mainly alternative post punk indie with a love for all things psych.

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