Why "Battery Cage?"
Ten years ago, when we were optimistic youngsters, we wanted to make a strong political statement, particularly concerning animal rights, and the name just seemed to work. We were able to incorporate the "cage" theme in to our live show and graphics from that period of time as well. As time went by, and members came and went from the project, the name accumulated a history of it's own, and after several live shows and compilation releases, changing it just wouldn't work. Besides, my personal politics haven't changed in regards to animal rights, so I continue to stand behind it.
Do I hear Icon of Coil and KMFDM influences, or did it just work out that way?
Hmm. Well, certainly not intentionally. We are not fans of either of those bands, so it's hard to imagine them having much of a direct influence. However, with regards to our overall sound, KMFDM is perhaps not too far off the mark. We use guitars and electronics to create heavy music, so I can understand the point of comparison. The "industrial" scene, especially at the moment, doesn't offer me much inspiration...I would say that none of us listen to much "industrial" music these days. We can all agree on some bands that have influenced us over the years: FLA, Puppy, 242, etc, however we have very diverse tastes amongst the four of us.
I don't see many four piece electro bands, who does what? Is this why you guys sound so great?!
One of the main differences between us and other bands is that we are a real "band", not simply a studio "project". We have always made a strong point of our live shows, and we play a lot of the music live, so we aren't simply relying on a DAT playback. Onstage, the situation looks like this: Roland Adams is our drummer, Paul Savio is on keyboard, Josh Greco is our guitarist, and of course, me doing all the screaming and yelling. We also incorporate projected videos which we create ourselves, so that adds to the overall visual and sonic impact.
It's not very easy to break down who does what when we're recording in the studio, since we are all very versatile and like to mix things up...for example, Roland might play a keyboard part and I might play drums, or something like that. For the "World Wide Wasteland" album, I did a lot of the programming work because for much of the recording process, it was just Josh (who plays all the guitar parts on the album) and myself. With the recent addition of Paul and Roland, it's really helped out the flow during the recording process. We're in the process of reinventing our sound and workflow, along with a complete overhaul of our studios, so the next record should prove to be very interesting, both in the design and end result.
How's life in San Francisco?
Paul and I relocated from Boston last summer, and we are loving it!! It makes it a bit more difficult for band related activity, but that is something that we're dealing with pretty well. San Francisco is really wonderful, there's a very vibrant culture here, and the electronic nightlife here is pretty impressive. There are other cities with comparable nightlife, but there is no place that I've been that matches the overall attitude and landscape of San Francisco.
How'd you land that remix for Stromkern?
Ned and I have been friends for years, and Stromkern remixed a track for the Informatik album "Nymphomatik" that I had done. When we were finishing up the "World Wide Wasteland" album, we wanted a remix and they happened to be working on the "Re-Align" EP, so we just traded mixes. We did a techno version of "No Release", which apparently did very well in Europe. They did a remix of our song "Statemachine" which will appear on our new album as well. We're hoping to do a US tour with Stromkern later this year, but it's still in the early planning stages, so we will have to wait and see. Stromkern is, without a doubt, amongst the best of our contemporaries, and it is always a pleasure to work with them!
You guys have a full length being released on Metropolis called "World Wide Wasteland". Care to give any insight on what people can expect?
It's not going to sound like the current 'Top 40 Industrial' that you hear in clubs. There's a lot of different stuff on there, from high energy trance to really thrashy metal stuff. We got Headscan and Stromkern to redesign some of the songs. Some songs will be familiar to people from compilation appearances, but I think most people will be pleasantly surprised by the material that they haven't heard before. It's definitely an album that goes to 11!! We're very happy to finally have found a home with Metropolis Records, and look forward to developing our relationship with them. We are already in the planning stages for the next full length record, but it's too early to say where things are going. People who aren't familiar with our work can just visit our website (www.batterycage.com) because all of the songs are posted as samples to hear what the album sounds like, as well as see some of our remixes, videos and all sorts of other info.