Profile:The first snows of winter, 1995, were falling as Battery Cage began locking themselves into darkened studios to undertake recording what would become their first album, Product. Although they were unaware of the twists and turns the future would bring, the original lineup of Tyler Newman, Jeremy Page, and AJ Kaelin, had a desire to bring their vision of uncompromising brutal electronics into the Boston live music scene. Bringing the DIY ethos of punk rock, the raw power of metal, and the futuristic dance-ability of EBM together in one powerful package, the trio quickly gained a reputation for their in-your-face live performances and unwillingness to be easily pigeonholed into a single genre. The band soon found itself signed to Sinless Records, and quickly paved the way to their own self destruction through extended recording sessions, constant live performances, and well documented personal excesses.
Blinking in the autumn sun of 1997, the band found Sinless Records closing it's doors just as they delivered the master tapes of Product. Although they had managed to craft what would eventually become a critically acclaimed masterwork of disturbed yet compelling power electronics, the frustration of watching the label go up in smoke combined with the stress of deepening artistic divisions within the band became too much to handle. Jeremy decided to leave the band to pursue a career in the hip-hop scene. AJ was later removed from the project due to personal differences, and went on to pursue other opportunities.
At the dawn of 1999, Josh Greco, responsible for engineering the Product sessions, came on board as a new member. Although live events continued during this time, no new material was on the horizon. Instead, several side-projects took center stage, including AEC, Din_Fiv and Informatik. Tyler spent most of 2000 through 2002 working alongside Da5id Din on not only a North American tour, but the completion of the Informatik album Nymphomatik.
The burning summer of 2003 saw Tyler and Josh, alongside the expanded lineup of Roland Adams and Paul Savio, preparing new songs that would eventually lead into the World Wide Wasteland album. While this newly realized unit began reigniting the performance front, in the studio the band created a new self-released CD single for the clubs, called "Ecstasy." The single went on to pack dance-floors around the globe, and attract the attention of US industrial powerhouse Metropolis Records. In 2004 the band completed and released World Wide Wasteland, a considerably different album from its predecessor. Focused almost exclusively on the club scene, the album spawned many new fans with its unique take on dance music: hypnotic synth patterns over technoid body beats and crunchy metallic guitars.
As World Wide Wasteland began to unleash itself around the world, Battery Cage returned to the endless night of the studio to begin production on their strongest album to date, A Young Person's Guide To Heartbreak. Initially projected to take a mere 12 months, the album would take almost 3 years to complete. During this time, the band became extremely disillusioned with the state of the genre in which they'd been placed by the media, and began making significant changes in their signature sound. Never content to repeat the formulas of previous success, the dance-floor vibe of their previous work was pushed aside to make room for a new level of extremely personal, guitar-driven songwriting. The fall of 2006 finally saw the release of the critically acclaimed A Young Person's Guide To Heartbreak, an album widely considered their magnum opus. From the brutal grind of 'Hustler, to the edgy synth pop of 'I Want to Take You Home' to the acoustic ambiance of 'This Life Sucks, I'm Leaving', the album covered previously uncharted territory over the course of 76 minutes, and demanded more than just a casual listen from fans. Charting the rise and decay of a personal relationship gone wrong, the band took risks virtually unheard of in todays "industrial" scene, bringing an overwhelmingly human emotional release to a genre too often populated by cliche's and tired convention.
Battery Cage returns to Metropolis in the new year with a brand new digital-only release, Forever Never Ends. Building on the momentum of the previous album, Forever Never Ends contains 5 new songs, 2 unreleased out-takes from A Young Person's Guide To Heartbreak, and 4 remixes. Thematically linked to it's predecessor, the new material continues to explore the confusion and devastation of living with the consequence of a broken heart. Opening with the title track, a powerful gothic dancefloor anthem, Forever Never Ends maintains the intensity from start to finish, with remixes provided by such acts as former Metropolis artist Out Out, as well as Canada's Fractured. Former founding bandmate Jeremy Page returns, after almost a decade, to deliver his own unique spin on 'Hustler', and mainstream remix artist RemixVillain takes 'Crush And Spurn' to an all new level by stripping it down to the rawest possible components. With the past few years of intense creation now fully realized, Forever Never Ends sets the bar high and challenges the listener to hear beyond an increasingly narrow set of genre restrictions.
Personnel: - Tyler Newman - Josh Greco - Roland Adams - Paul Savio
Selected Discography: - Ecstasy (single, Solidgreysky Recordings 2003) - World Wide Wasteland (full length lp, Metropolis Records 2004) - Product (re-issued full length debut lp, Solidgreysky Recordings, 2005)
Sounds Like:electronic industrial metal with a post rock flavor
Influences:nine inch nails, front 242, sigur ros, joy division, wire
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