Batteries Reveal new single “Pankhurst”
Due out on all digital platforms from 3 June
Taken from forthcoming album The Finishing Line
Out on 5 August via Do Yourself In
Listen to “Pankhurst” here
First Ever London Show Announced!
17 September – The Lexington, London
Steven Clark (a.k.a Sci-Fi Steven from disco/punk legends bis) returns with his one-man-band project Batteries what seems like seconds after last year’s self-titled snappy New-Wave debut. He will also be playing his first ever London headline date at The Lexington on 17 September.
The new single “Pankhurst” is taken from the forthcoming album The Finishing Line, which is due out on CD and download on 5 August via Do Yourself In, following its release on vinyl for Record Store Day. Recalling Jesus Lizard, Braniac or Queens of the Stone Age, “Pankhurst” is more akin to American metallic synth punk than bis’ pop punk roots. “Pankhurst” will be available on all digital platforms from 3 June as a single and also comes as an Instant Gratis when Pre-Ordering the album, along with the previous single “The Fall in Love Club ” – as spun by BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Shaun Keaveny.
Whilst the debut’s dystopian potential future themes remain, this time both the musical and lyrical safety nets have been removed. With the “Devo plays Queens Of The Stone Age or vice versa” mantra still a loose guide, The Finishing Line opens with the vague reassurance of lost Punk 45 “The Fall-In-Love Club” before the safety is removed for the unhinged journey ahead. Remnants of Bill Nelson’s Red Noise, Cardiacs and early Blur b-sides abound in “Mutual Enemies” and “Hidden Tracks” while there’s edgy American metallic synth punk in “Pigs”, “Pankhurst” and “Children Be Normal” which recalls Jesus Lizard and Brainiac.
It’s a restless itchy record, fleeting pop melodies are crushed by industrial strength guitars, but one that is a cohesive reward and illustrates Steven’s unique musical vision.