Battery (band)

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Battery
Origin Washington, D.C.
Genres Hardcore punk, Youth crew, Straight edge
Years active 1990–1998, 2012
Labels Deadlock Records, Lost & Found Records, Tidal Records, Conversion Records. Revelation Records, Soul Force Records
Associated acts Damnation A.D., Ashes, Worlds Collide, Ten Yard Fight, Better Than a Thousand, Youth of Today, When Tigers Fight, Miltown, My Best Mistake, Far Cry, Fort Knox
Website [http://www.myspace.com/tributetobattery BATTERY (tribute line up completed !!)
Past members Brian McTernan
Ken Olden
Ben Chused
Jason Hamacher
Graham Land
Al Rosenberg
Zac Eller
Toshi Yano
Matt Squire

Battery was a Washington D.C. hardcore band that existed from 1990 until 1998 and re-formed for a brief reunion in 2012. During this time they released a 7", a split 7" with Ignite, two MCDs and three full-length albums on Deadlock, Lost & Found, Tidal, Conversion, and Revelation Records.

The guitarist and main man was Ken Olden, who also played in Damnation A.D., Better Than a Thousand, When Tigers Fight, Worlds Collide, Far Cry and Fort Knox and filled in on bass for Youth of Today on their 2003 European reunion tour.

Singer Brian McTernan, a well known hardcore record producer, presently owns and operates Salad Days recording studio in Baltimore[1] and also played guitar in the D.C. emo hardcore band Ashes, as well as Miltown and My Best Mistake.

Biography[edit]

Battery, originally entitled "Fury",[2] was first established in 1990 and released a 4 song self-titled 7" on Deadlock Records in 1991.[3] The record featured Brian McTernan on vocals, Ken Olden and Matt Squire on guitars, Toshi Yano on bass and Zac Eller on drums. The songs from this original 7" were re-recorded and released as an EP entitled We Won't Fall in 1993 on the German record label Lost & Found.[4] The band, as it states in the liner notes of the EP, then turned into Worlds Collide with Matt Burger becoming the new vocalist.

Battery achieved phenomenal success in Europe, especially in Germany, whereas in the USA they were only well known in the D.C. area. The band was eventually reformed with Brian McTernan and Ken Olden, a new bass player (Ben Chused) and a new drummer (Al Rosenberg) and embarked on an extensive European tour. They released their first full length album in 1994, Only the Diehard Remain, on Tidal Records in the USA and on Lost & Found Records in Europe.[5] This album featured the cover of 7 Seconds We're Gonna Fight and featured Ken Olden performing all of the guitar and drum tracks. In the same year they released a four song E.P. entitled Let the Past Go[6] as well as a split 7" with Ignite,[7] both on Lost & Found Records.

By 1996 they released Until the End,[8] their second full length album, which featured another 7 Seconds cover, Young Till I Die. By this stage they had a new drummer, Jason Hamacher, who was also a member of the D.C. spazzcore band Frodus. This album saw the refinement of the bands old school revival sound, as they moved towards a more stripped down and melodic style. Ben Chused then left the band and began playing drums in the Boston hardcore band, Ten Yard Fight. He was replaced with Graham Land who had played guitar in Worlds Collide and founded Better Than a Thousand with Ken Olden and Ray Cappo, the singer of Youth of Today. The band then began their first major tour in the United States, headlining with Ten Yard Fight, as well as their second major tour of Europe with Damnation A.D.[9]

Their third and final full length LP, Whatever It Takes, was released on the major hardcore label Revelation Records.[10] The drums on this album were, for the first time since We Won't Fall, not performed by Ken Olden, but by Jason Hamacher. This album was by far the softest and melodic of their releases and Brian McTernan explained in an interview that the next record would be "more aggressive sounding". After the release the band toured the United States and Europe with Revelation Records labelmates, Better Than a Thousand, In My Eyes and Speak 714.

Unfortunately another release would never materialise and the band broke up, reportedly due to differences between Brian McTernan and Ken Olden. Frustrated with Lost & Found Records continually bootlegging the band's back catalog, Ken authorized the release of a compilation CD in 2002 entitled Final Fury: 1990-1997 on the Spanish hardcore label Soul Force.[11] Many years later the band would briefly re-form in October 2012 in order to play a set for the Revelation Records 25th anniversary shows in New York City at Irving Plaza and also performed a warm-up show in their hometown of Washington D.C at the Red Palace. [12]

Discography[edit]

  • Self Titled 7" (1991) - Deadlock Records
  1. Shattered Stone
  2. Fury
  3. I Won't Fall
  4. Fading
  • We Won't Fall (1993) - Lost & Found Records
  1. I Won't Fall
  2. Overcome
  3. Fury
  4. Shattered Stone
  5. Fading
  • Only the Diehard Remain (1994) - Tidal Records (USA), Lost & Found Records (Europe)
  1. Left Behind
  2. Trap
  3. Empty Room
  4. Unwound
  5. Success Story
  6. Choke
  7. Last Dance
  8. To Hold
  9. No Right
  10. Only The Diehard Remain
  11. We're Gonna Fight (7 Seconds cover)
  • Let the Past Go (1994) - Lost & Found Records
  1. Bitter Taste
  2. These Are The Days
  3. Piece Of You
  4. Do You Believe
  • Split 7" with Ignite (1994) - Lost & Found Records

Battery

  1. These Are The Days
  2. Choke

Ignite

  1. In My Time
  2. Aggression
  • Until the End (1996) - Conversion Records (USA), Lost & Found Records (Europe)
  1. In Our Hands
  2. Has Been
  3. Why Is She In Pain?
  4. Go Back To The Gym
  5. That'll Never Be Me
  6. Never Forget
  7. Say It
  8. In The Dirt
  9. Move On
  10. The Factory
  11. Until the End
  12. Young 'Til I die (7 Seconds cover)
  1. What I'd Give
  2. Brand New Place
  3. Throughout
  4. Leave It Behind
  5. Part 2
  6. Another Reason
  7. Half My Time
  8. You Can't Win
  9. To Want
  10. Retrace
  11. Who Are You
  12. Whatever It Takes
  • Final Fury: 1990-1997 (2002) - Soul Force Records
  1. In Our Hands
  2. Has-Been
  3. Why Is She In Pain
  4. Go Back To The Gym
  5. That'll Never Be Me
  6. Never Forget
  7. In The Dirt
  8. The Factory
  9. Until The End
  10. Left Behind
  11. Trap
  12. Empty Room
  13. Unwound
  14. Success Story
  15. Choke
  16. Only The Diehard Remain
  17. Do You Believe
  18. Bitter Taste
  19. These Are The Days
  20. I Won't Fall
  21. We're Gonna Fight (7 Seconds cover)
  22. Young Till I Die (7 Seconds cover)

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