The Battery Farm – Interview
Interview with Dom – Guitarz from The Battery Farn and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Dom: We are, on the grapevine, a gutter punk band, that’s our art i guess, loud, nasty punk music, so yeah if were to call our self any type of artists it’d be ones which encapsulate the apparent attributes of that sort of ethos which of the top of my head feel like; Passionate, Unrelenting, Fastidiously Un-fastidious , Comfy In The Chaos….
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Dom: We came to be as a direct result of the break down of a previous band, which me ( Dominic – The Guitar) and my Brother ( Ben – Singer) were in. The general stress, grief and world weariness that came in the wake of that is sort of the key catalyst for The Battery Farm and the first batch of songs we wrote.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Dom: Personally i don’t particularly have direct Influences (musical or non) that i go to for constant sources of inspiration. generally it’s emotions fuel the fire whatever it is that comes out of me musically and those emotions can be evokes by anything; Pre War Pictures of North Manchester, A Passage from The Book Of Lies, Frustrations at failing to grasp what James Joyce is ever actually on about, Accidentally Putting Sour Milk In your Tea ? anything that makes you want to express how you feel and by proxy how you feel through your music is an influence to me.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Dom:As a Band i guess ultimately we want to enjoy what we do and we want others to enjoy it as well, to the point where we can make a living from it; so we want success in no uncertain terms.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Dom: Generally speaking, Ben will write the lyrics and they tend to come from quite a fractured and honest place ( well especially in the first lot of songs) this fracture tends to inform the music quite a bit aswell if he writes the music. If i write the music then i tend to read the lyrics and try to find the most apt idea in relation to said lyrics; All Dem Snakes and Ladders y’know.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Dom: One of the key things about being in a band, from our point of view, is that everything is a creative process. no stone should be left un-turned so even promotion can be creative and excite people; for instance we accompany every gig we do with a hand drawn poster (if you look through any of our socials you’ll knows that there is a very distinct aesthetic) for me i think this is essential to making each Gig an event, no one gig should be seen as any-less important than the other and we make sure this is the case with these posters, we may actually up the game post Covid and introduce some sort of pre gig promotional videos o as to make the gigs even more immersive.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Dom: It’s good and its bad, it’s bad and it’s good – for us and our budget it’s help make our music instantly accessible which is what we want on the other hand it has taken some sheen of certain artists elements of being in a band generally ( Artwork and physicality and so on ) not that that should stop any one making an effort with those things.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Dom: I really wish i’d wrote “Where The Boys Are” By Connie Francis which was written by Neil Sedaka because it’s an absolutely untouchable masterpiece like most of the things Neil Sedaka writes
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Dom: Musical snobbery is quite tedious init? Ariana Grande is just as credible as the Velevet Underground, get over it Lads. My Chemical Romance can be enjoyed by people who like Slayer as can ABBA.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Dom: Er, hearing back some of the first Masters we got back was pretty breath taking, that made me feel quite proud !
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Dom: Well currently we’ve been paused ( like everyone ) by the pandemic but i feel like literally as soon as we are aloud, we are going back in to a studio to record more music, so thats going ot be the plan before the years is out NEW MUSIC AT ALL COSTS !!!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Dom: We currently have 4 Singles available to stream on Spotify we also have videos on for said singles on the Youtube channel,
I’ll pop links for both below !
Over and Out
Dom- Dom A Diddely Dom
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