Who else has a nostalgic longing for a band that can bring back the feeling of old school rock and roll, but not try to sound like someone riding on the coattails of some scenester movement? I know I have. Well, The Battery Electricis looking to give that to you. They have an awesome sound that harkens back to some Blue Oyster Cult, with a dash of almost any Josh Homme project, sprinkle in some Buckcherry vibes and you’ll be close to the ride you’re in for when you strap this on.
The band (Ron Santee-vocals, Brent Bergholm-guitars, Alex Rosen-bass, andKevin Troeller-drums) hail from Asbury Park, NJ. ‘The Heart and the Thrill’ is their third full release, out on Little Dickman Records this March. They have achieved a fair amount of critical acclaim out of their home state and toured all over, including being brought in for the SXSW Festival.
The opener on the album is “Heathen” and you immediately hear the spirit of true rock and roll breaking through. “Oh, you know I keep on running oh, Running like a heathen in the night….” The lyrics are love and relationship based through much of the album. It’s done without sounding like someone whining or longing for what they can’t have, and more like there is a lot of acceptance of the nature of betrayal and the need for a good time. The tracks “Lauren “, “Hungry”, and “Almighty Deceiver” are the real big standouts there. They aren’t afraid of throwing in some serious solos throughout the 14 tracks presented. On “Tight Lip”, probably my favorite on the album, it’s all about accepting what’s coming to you. If you are wanting a sweet road trip song, “Dead Man’s Trunk” will definitely give you that feeling of rolling down a lonesome highway speeding away from the devil. Musically, I just love the chords and the solo, it just pushes you down the road.
There are a lot of reasons to listen to this band.
The Battery Electric are keeping true rock and roll alive and it’s finding out about acts like this that truly make me love that I am doing this. To find someone going against the grain among those claiming to go against the grain and have the ability to make you feel like THIS….. See them, buy it, support it! ROCK N’ ROLL! 10/10 \m/
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