Q: First of all, tell us more about Battery Cage and some history of the band.
TN: "Battery Cage has gone a number of line-up changes over the past decade, and has never been stronger than right now! I started the band back in 1993, but didn't really get an album completed until 1998. The original line-up more or less broke up in 1999, and after a couple years where I basically crawled into a serious drug problem, I finally got a band together that can really make great music together. Now we're hard at work on a new record due later this year, and preparing the way for a tour or two. The current line-up is myself, Josh Greco, Roland Adams, and Paul Savio, and I've never felt better about the state of the music that we're making!"
Q: You are a member of Informatik, tell us more about what the other three band members are up to besides Battery Cage, any side projects for them?
TN: "I work on music pretty much all the time, no time for much of a social life, which is fine with me. So I do a couple of other projects, like Informatik, and AEC, as well as assisting other friends with their records, like the next Stromkern album. The other guys in the band don't have too much going for solo-projects, but Roland does work with some other bands from Boston like Grenadier and Zero Times Infinity, and Paul helps out with various projects as a live player from time to time. I try to keep them very busy with Battery Cage work, haha!"
Q: Tell us more about your album World Wide Wasteland.
TN: "Well, it's a dance record mostly. I think it came out pretty well, but I'd certainly do things differently if I was working on it now. I basically got it going in 2000, after a two year hiatus, and it took about three years to complete. There were a lot of personal disasters along the way, and I think that the bitterness and betrayal I was feeling during the recordings are pretty well represented in the music. I think we've moved on as a band, our sound has evolved in a different direction at this point, so I think the "WWW" record is sort of a snapshot of where we were, but shouldn't be used as a reference for where we're going, musically."
Q: Your back inlay for World Wide Wasteland has an excellent photo of a "Hazardous Noise" sign, tell us more about the photos for the CD.
TN: "The design and photography for both of our records has been handled by the lovely Ruth Lopriore at Prion Digital. I think the CD artwork on both records came out looking great! The photos were basically shot in California, and then treated in Photoshop and various other graphic tools. The "hazardous noise" photo comes from a military prison on an island near San Francisco, but I don't know much more than that."
Q: Right now the band are recording the next album, tell us more about this album. What will it be called and how will it sound? Will it be something like World Wide Wasteland?
TN: "The album we're working on is currently titled "A Young Persons Guide To Heartbreak", and so far, it sounds nothing like "WWW". It's too early to determine the final "sound", but so far things sound a lot like a more electronic Joy Division meets NIN type of sound. Lots of slow songs, and nothing very dance club oriented, although I'm sure there will be a dance track or two on there by the time we're finished. It's a much more emotional and intimate record, at least for me personally. Less macho aggression and more introspection, at least from a lyrical perspective. There will probably be some snippets and videos on our website in the next few months. We're shooting for a fall release in 2005 for this one."
Q: You have just reissued your debut album "Product". Tell us more about why it didn't get released properly in the first case and why you have chosen to release it now, seven years later.
TN: "Well, back in 1998 we were signed to a small American label called SINless Records, which was basically run by Da5id Din and myself. I was working on "Product" with the original line-up and when it was finally finished, Da5id had decided that he was not interested in continuing the label anymore. Metropolis was rapidly becoming the biggest label in the scene, and since both Informatik and Din_Fiv were signed to Metro, it seemed kind of stupid to try and compete with them. So the label closed and the record disappeared. I kept running off small batches of copies for DJ's and other people who asked me for it, but I couldn't keep up with the demand, and to be honest, at the time I was too strung out on drugs to bother with music. So now that the band has become more stabilized, we decided to just press it ourselves and handle the distribution and all that stuff, just so people that wanted it could finally get their hands on it."
Q: Have you received any response from Europe and if that's the case, what opinions do they have?
TN: "There have been a lot of very positive responses from the European press, which I'm very grateful for! I think, in general, Europe has its act together a lot more than the US with regards to this style of music, so it's nice to see some positive comments from magazines like Orkus, Zillo, and Sonic Seducer. I'm interested to see how the record will sell once it's finally released over there. I have to thank Stefan and Thorsten at Dependent for doing such a great job on helping to promote us there, they are really working hard for us, and it would be impossible to have any impact there without them!"
Q: Will there be any tour to Europe, and if it will be, any chance for us Scandinavians to see you nearby?
TN: "You know, if there was one area I'm dying to tour through, it's Scandinavia! So many of my favourite bands are from there, like Mum and Sigur Ros, etc. Plus, everything I've read tells me that it's incredibly beautiful there as well, which I'm dying to see myself. We're in the process of trying to figure out whether or not we could make a European tour work out financially (let's hope so!). I will probably come over to Europe with Stromkern, playing guitar, this summer or fall, so I'm going to try and get Battery Cage over there as well."
Q: You feel very strong about animal rights, is this shown in any way if the music or lyrics of Battery Cage.
TN: "The name Battery Cage was chosen for its animal rights meaning. I've sort of moved out of using political topics for songs, but the song "Caged", which appears on both our records is of course very animal rights related. I am vegan, so I prefer to let my actions speak for me, rather than just singing a bunch of things that may or may not convince people to agree with my ideas."
Q: Any last words to our readers?
TN: "I hope everyone gets a chance to check out some of our work, and that they enjoy it also. Hopefully we're going to be able to do a lot of touring this year, so please come out and say hi! Thanks to everyone that's supported us, and thank you for this interview! More peace and love in 2005, thanks!"