BATTLE – Tendency (CD & 2x 7″ Single)

Tendency CoverTransgressive TRANS022CD / TRANS022 / TRANS022X: 13th March 2006
1. Tendency
“A healthy man with a healthy plan, my kids will think I’m a healthy dad”
2. I Am The Driver
“I broke down, like a new machine does”
3. Pineapple Girl
“Sweetness is the notion that you’ll take me when you leave”
4. Tendency (Hot Chip Remix)
“Its clear that we don’t breathe the same air”

‘Tendency’ is like a fantastic art-rock version of an early Nirvana song with Robert Smith on vocals. Lyrically it isn’t quite as good as the last single ‘Demons’, but that did set the bar very high. ‘I Am The Driver’ has the bouncy pop sound of ‘Solsbury Hill’ or something by The Polyphonic Spree. It’s got loud thumping drums and beautiful piano, it could have easily been the A-Side. ‘Pineapple Girl’ sounds like a lost Smiths song in places. The Hot Chip remix starts off sounding a bit dull but picks up pace towards the end.

I thought that ‘Demons’ was so much better than their first single ‘Isabelle’ and I wondered if it was just a one off. After hearing this it’s clear that Battle have a lot more going for them than just that song.

Feel The Same (Jeremy Warmsley’s Evil Words Remix)

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