One of MIMR favourite acts currently buzzing around the manchester scene are viseral punk act The Battery Farm and we spoke to the band during the lockdown period to get their take on the current situation
MIMR: Great to have you back on the blog and the 1st band i’ve spoken to on MIMR since my break. How have the band on the whole been coping with current situation and what can we expect from you guys for the rest of the year?
TBF: Hi Griff, thanks for having us. We’ve been ok generally, keeping in touch with each other through WhatsApp and bouncing memes and shit group chat banter back and forth. Trying to stave off madness. Not always succeeding but trying. Me and Dom are still continuing to write together somehow, sending each other lyrics and demos which is cathartic. If nothing else, we might just get some half-decent songs of all this. In terms of what we’re planning for the rest of year, our big grand plan has pretty much been flushed. The plan at the moment is to get into the studio as soon as we can. We don’t know when that’ll be obviously, but we want to record. We still have a couple of gigs towards the end of the year that have been rescheduled/not cancelled yet, so we’ve actually got quite a bit to look forward to if we’re being optimistic, which we are. All we can do is take things as they come at the moment, much like everyone else.
MIMR: When live gigs were going on, you were known for your high energy, full throttle performances, whats been your most memorable gig as a band to date?
TBF: We’ve been playing live together about 9 months now and to be honest there haven’t been many I’ve come out of particularly unhappy because we’re a really fucking good band. The two we’ve played at The Peer Hat stand out in particular though. The first one for Abattoir Blues was our first headliner and it was packed to capacity. Genuinely the best gig I’ve played in any band ever; I’ve never felt anything like it. The second one was part of a Deco Records all dayer and was another packed auld do. It was also our last Manchester gig before we all had to go underground so it’s extra poignant to think back on. We shared the stage with some great, great bands over those two gig, including Cold Water Swimmers, GUTS and Slap Rash which made them all the sweeter.
MIMR: Amid the current situation and the uncertainty clouding us all at the moment, what is the one thing you are looking forward to enjoy when lockdown restrictions are lifted?
TBF: Seeing friends and family in person. I’m not missing pubs, clubs and football as much as I’m missing being able to be around the people I love outside of a Zoom meeting. Me and my wife have a baby on the way in September and my big worry is that my family won’t be able to meet him in person when he’s born. I’ll understand why if that’s the way it is, but it’ll hurt a hell of a lot if that happens. Pubs and gigs and that will return eventually. Moments like the birth of my first child will not. I can’t wait to be able to see everyone in person again, partly so I can stop worrying about that scenario becoming reality.
MIMR: You are very pro-active on your social media platforms and it’s doubly important to keep your followers engaged during this difficult time. Personally remembering a time before social media was widely available, how important is it to keep that engagement with your followers going?
TBF: I’m generally finding social media pretty wearying at the moment on a personal level. However it has given us a platform to be able keep our band going in some way which is the one massive bright spot about it. Without it us and millions of other artists would probably be in a position of having to shut down completely until things get better. Further to that it’s an amazing tool for continuing to connect people to our art. We’ve done livestreams and taken part in online art exhibitions through Facebook and been able to put new merch on Bandcamp. Being able to do all that stuff has been really beneficial both on a personal and artistic level. Bands need people. Social media, for its myriad flaws, connects us to them, which is especially important now.
MIMR: Thanks for talking to the blog, stay safe and hope to see you back on the stage very soon. Just remind us how people can follow you on your socials?
TBF: Thanks again for having us. We’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @thebatteryfarm. The four singles we’ve released so far are on Spotify so follow is on there. We’ve also just put some lyric sheet packages on our Bandcamp for sale.
More info on those at thebatteryfarm.bandcamp.com