Release date: 8 October 2013
Battleme is the alt-rock/power pop project of Lions singer Matt Drenik who serves up a year-end release with the EP Weight on the Brain, all songs from the upcoming January 2014 album. Drenik’s light vocals talk of “surrender[ing] yourself to time” and trying not to “waste time” in making oneself. The guitars play some deft tricks. Weight on the Brain’s rhythm section plays well, and there is a cool stereo effect on “Shotgun Song.” Weight on the Brain is fun, and Battleme has mastered the stadium anthem, as demonstrated by the piano-intro melody on “Cobweb Portrait.” The feedback distortion on “I Know” adds hints of edginess. If Battleme weren’t afraid to let loose of their bubbling aggression, they would be ferocious. I’m begging Drenik to let out a scream at these moments; the restrained voice is at odds with how much the other songs just want to rock. Weight on the Brain is great wake-up-and-go music. It wouldn’t be out of place in a mid-90s compilation on small label productions.
Fun for morning shows. Out on El Camino Media.
All clean! Cuts are in bold.
1. Just Weight – (3:23)
2. I Know – (3:27)
3. Cobweb Portrait – (4:02)
4. Shotgun Song – (2:53)
RIYL: Pavement, Ringo Deathstarr, Guided by Voices, The Bends-era Radiohead, Wild Cub