Battleme is thrilled to announce the release of the upcoming record ‘Cult Psychotica’ out on October 6th via El Camino Media. The band will also be launching the first single ‘Testament’ on September 22nd.
Main man Matt Drenik’s approach on the album sees him questioning the American psyche in uncertain times, but without overtly political song-writing. Instead, he uses a conceptual landscape – songs built around heroes and losers, misguided truths and theories – to paint a dystopian world.
“’Cult Psychotica’ is a voice,” says Drenik who wrote and recorded the album during the first few months of the 2016 election. The band recorded the ten tracks during a weeklong, and mostly live session at Drenik’s own Get Loud Studio in Portland. The final product is indeed a masterful reaction to the times, “a timely reflection on our own busted reality,” says Drenik.
The opening track “No Truth” sets the tone out of the gate, proclaiming “there ain’t no truth for you,” while “Bitch Blues” documents a country in riot. ‘Cult Psychotica’s story culminates with the final track “Lowlife,” weaving gentle and ruckus dynamics that encapsulate the sometimes-morbid dream world that Drenik’s mind has created as a direct result of the current political climate.
Over the course of Battleme’s seven-year plus career, Drenik has gained attention for his brand of blues-tinged psych-rock, with Esquire proclaiming, “if the Flaming Lips had written an original song for their ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ live shows, this is what it might’ve sounded like,” and Rolling Stone raving about the bands ability to create crescendos with a “Smashing Pumpkins style crunch,” while Billboard complemented the band’s “killer Queens of the Stone Age-style groove” on 2016’s release Habitual Love Songs.
Battleme will release his new studio full-length ‘Cult Psychotica’ in October 6th via El Camino Media and begins his UK/EU full-band tour on September 23rd in London, with US dates later in 2017 to be announced.
For up-to-date information on the new record and tour dates, be sure to visit http://battleme.tv/.
TRACKLIST 1. No Truth, 2. Wanna Go Home, 3. Hot Mess, 4. Suzie Fuse, 5. Testament, 6. Bitch Blues, 7. Close 8. Keep Me With You, 9. Misfit Honey Bear, 10. Lowlife
Confirmed 2017 UK/EU Tour Dates:
Sat 23rd September The Waiting Room, London (UK)
Sun 24th September Sebright Arms, London (UK)
Thu 28th September Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL)
Wed 4th October Supersonic, Paris (FR)
Thurs 5th October Cord Club, Munich (DE)
Fri 6th October dasBach, Vienna (AT)
Sat 7th October Hangar Bar, Isola (SI)
Fri 13th October Tvorniva Culture, Zagreb (HR)
Sat 14th October OKC Palach, Rijeka (HR)
Tue 17th October Sora, Industrie Sonore (IT)
Thu 19th October Firchie Think Tank Studio, Novi Sad (RS)
Fri 20th October Dom Omladine, Beograd (RS)
Sat 21st October Gymnasium, Jagodina (RS)
Sun 22nd October Hamam, Pristina (XK)
Tue 24th October Kivernio, Alexandroupoli (EL)
Wed 25th October Rover Bar, Thessaloniki (EL)
Thu 26th October Death Disco, Athens (EL)
Fri 27th October Café Santan, Volos (EL)
Sat 28th October Live Terminal 1, Sofia (BG)
Sun 29th October MKC, Skopje (MK)
Tue 31st October Reflektor, Timisoara (RO)
Wed 1st November Dürer Kert, Budapest (HU)
Thu 2nd November Klub 007 Strahov, Prague (CZ)
Fri 3rd November Musik und Frieden, Berlin (DE)
Sat 4th November Fundbureau, Hamburg (DE)