The Battery Farm: I Am A Man
Manchester’s The Battery Farm continue their diatribe against modern society with hard-hitting new single I Am A Man.
Modern society stinks. There is no longer any pretence of fairness and politicians don’t even try to sound sincere any more. The music of the age reflects the mood of that society as it has done throughout history. The Battery Farm are no exceptions. Their dark, gut-punching punk spits out all the angst of a modern life that offers no answers.
This type of music may have almost become as much of a trope as the ubiquitous love song once was. They are both products of shared human experiences as old as humanity itself. Because it is prolific does not mean it is bad. I Am A Man is necessary, timely and immensely enjoyable too.
The dirty bass-heavy rhythm begins the descent into this visceral world. The music is heavy and sinister. It should be, for this is a cry for help from the edge of madness. It tears through the brain of someone on the edge of complete loss of control. The sense of being stuck in a feedback loop of pressure, the pressure not to snap leading to breakdown, is palpable. In a society with the safety nets removed, where failure and mental illness can see you on the streets, we can see where this might end.
The amazing repetitive nature of the lyrics re-enforces the claustrophobic feeling, as if you are trapped inside the mind of the protagonist. When the track hits the almost military drumming underpinning the repeated “I am a man” vocal The Battery Farm really nail it. This track is forceful and exhilarating. It is a rollercoaster ride to the edge of mental oblivion and as great a slice of doom punk as you are likely to hear.
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I Am A Man is available now on all good streaming platforms.