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Battleme — Future Runs Magnetic (2014)

 Battleme — Future Runs Magnetic (March 11th, 2014)

USA Flag       Battleme — Future Runs Magnetic 
  LIONS' Matt Drenik explores lo-fi electro-folk with his solo project Battleme.
Born: 2009, Austin, Texas
Location: Austin, Tecas
Album release: March 11th, 2014
Record Label: El Camino Records
Duration:     41:46
Tracks:
01 Just Weight     3:24 
02 I Know     3:28 
03 Don't You Worry About Me Tonight     3:23 
04 Shotgun Song     2:54 
05 Nights On the Strand     3:37 
06 We Get Out     5:41 
07 We Are Underground     3:55 
08 Cobweb Portrait     4:02 
09 I Want My Kim Deal     2:56 
10 I Am a Lightning Bolt     1:52 
11 Future Runs Magnetic     4:03 
12 Easy Comes Riding     2:31
2013 El Camino Media
♦  All songs written by Battleme
♦  Tracks 8 & 10 written by Battleme / Jason Drenik
Members:
♦  Matt Dee — Guitar / Noise / Vox
♦  Chad Savage — Bass / Vox
♦  JJ Eliot — Guitar / Vox
♦  Pauli Pulvirite — Drums / Beats
Credits:
  Doug Boehm  Engineer, Mixing, Producer
  Jason Drenik  Composer
  Matt Drenik  Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer, Vocals
  Eric Johnston  Bass, Vocals
  James Eliot Jones  Guitar
  Pete Lyman  Mastering
  Adam Pobiak  Artwork
  Evan Railton  Keyboards, Synthesizer
  Zachary Richards  Drums
Description:
♦  Battleme started as a single acoustic country ballad called Burn This Town, which received heavy airplay after its inclusion in the second-season finale of Sons of Anarchy. And while Matt Drenik, the songwriter behind the project, has contributed several more tracks for the FX biker-gang drama, he has been revising his husky retro-rock since relocating from Austin to Portland in 2009.
♦  A follow-up to his 2012 self-titled debut, Future Runs Magnetic, continues to hone Drenik’s electro-shoegaze blend. His sophomore release, out March 11th on El Camino Records, is his first with a full band behind him.
♦  Drenik’s 2010 debut had been performed, recorded, and produced on his own, out of his basement studio in Portland, OR. While on tour for that release, he realized there can be strength in numbers. As he explained to music blog Midwest Action, “It just made sense that I couldn’t do everything on my own. I was interested and keen on the idea of bringing people into the fold to interpret certain songs.” ♦  Yates describes the results as “consistently well-crafted songs with crunchy guitars, energetic rhythms and strong melodic hooks.”
REVIEW
By JANICE HEADLEY | Published: MARCH 4, 2014
♦  The future is definitely running bright for artist Matt Drenik, the mastermind behind Battleme. His sophomore release, Future Runs Magnetic, out March 11th on El Camino Records, is his first with a full band behind him, resulting in what KEXP Music Director Don Yates describes as “a bigger, more muscular rock sound inflected with glam, folk-rock, power pop.”
♦  Drenik’s 2010 self-titled debut had been performed, recorded, and produced on his own, out of his basement studio in Portland, OR. While on tour for that release, he realized there can be strength in numbers. As he explained to music blog Midwest Action, “It just made sense that I couldn’t do everything on my own. I was interested and keen on the idea of bringing people into the fold to interpret certain songs.” Yates describes the results as “consistently well-crafted songs with crunchy guitars, energetic rhythms and strong melodic hooks.”
♦  You can hear the album for yourself as KEXP presents an exclusive online stream of the new album before it hits stores. Listen to the album below and find out more on Battleme’s Facebook page.
♦  Battleme will be playing Wednesday, March 26th at El Corazon with Toadies and Supersuckers, and will be LIVE on The Morning Show on KEXP at 9:30 AM PT the same day. (http://blog.kexp.org/)
Website:  http://www.battleme.tv
Press: Sue Marcus @ Stunt — Sue@stuntcompany.com
Agent: US — zachary@highroadtouring.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/battlemeatx
Tumblr: http://battleme.tumblr.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Battleme
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REVIEW
♦  By In 2009, singer-songwriter Matt Drenik made Portland his home. Along with, he brought a soulful voice that blends perfectly into blues based, alternative rock n roll. Matt did not waste anytime making music in this city and quickly formed Battleme, who are set to release their second album, Future Runs Magnetic on the newly formed label, El Camino Records.
♦  The first, self-titled album is an electric form of its current identity with highly technical productions (produced by Thomas Turner of Ghostland Observatory) and featured a large variety of sounds throughout. The new album has been a work in the making as Matt brought in a team of musicians to form Battleme and evolve the sound into its cohesive alt-rock state.
♦  Future Runs Magnetic starts off with the single, “Just Weight”, a the bass driven ballad with heavy drums that hammer bridges into the chorus and back to the verses. ♦  This dictates the pace for the rest of the album, it thrives on layering electric guitars and screeching vocals. The production is raw and clean to the point where you can imagine yourself standing in the studio, watching the recording. The song “We Get Out” starts out with a happy piano riff and then explodes into a rock anthem along the same lines as Andrew WK and you can feel the energy build the whole way through.
♦  As with the first album, it’s Matt’s hollowing voice that ties each song and the entire album together. While the guitars give the sound a post-grunge edge, the vocals show tribute to a classic rock backbone that truly makes for an original sound. The Future Runs Magnetic album release party is taking place at Club 21 this Saturday so come out and see why Portland is lucky to have this band on its roster. (http://portland.thedelimagazine.com/) © Battleme opening for Arctic Monkeys 12 04 13 Roseland Theater / © Jason Quigley — http://www.photojq.com/ // More at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10152066806869370&type=1
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Battleme — Future Runs Magnetic (2014)

 

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