- Battery Cage (band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Battery Cage
Img_capt = promo photo from band's website
Background = group_or_band
Years_active = 1995–present
Label = Metropolis
Current_members = Tyler Newman Joshua Greco Paul Savio Roland Adams
Past_members = AJ Kaelin Jeremy Page Michael White
Battery Cage is an American
electronic musicproject led by Tyler Newman. The project has been active as a performance group since 1995, and is currently releasing CDs through the Philadelphia-based record label Metropolis Records. Battery Cage's musical output to date has been dance-oriented Industrial rock, with elements of Post-punk.
Battery Cageis a reference to a method of mass food manufacturein the meat industry, where hens are kept tightly confined in cages for the purpose of laying eggs. Founding members Tyler Newman and Jeremy Page are veganand are concerned with animal rightscauses Fact|date=July 2008.
The band's line up has undergone several personnel changes since its inception, and this is reflected in the variation of musical styles in the discography. The original line up consisted of Jeremy Page, Tyler Newman and AJ Kaelin. Their original sound was a distillation of distorted breakbeats, danceable synthesizer programming and confrontational lyrics, with Kaelin and Newman trading off vocals in an aggressive style. The delivery was similar to the music of
Front Line Assemblyand Nitzer Ebb. Their debut CD"Product" was to be released on Boston's Sinless records, but it could not get a national release at that time due to the dissolution of that record labelin 1997.
AJ Kaelin and Jeremy Page left the band after "Product" was completed. With the addition of guitarist Joshua Greco and later, drummer Michael White, Battery Cage continued for several years as a performance group, distributing "Product" as a self-released CD-R.
Over the next several years with no record label deal for "Product", Tyler Newman continued with his other electronic music projects
Informatikwith Da5id Din, and American Electronics Corporation(AEC) with singer Stacey Purcell. Drummer Michael White left the Battery Cage project during this time.
With the addition of keyboardist Paul Savio and drummer Roland Adams to the group in 2002, material for what became the 2004 release "World Wide Wasteland" was developed and performed. The change in personnel contributed to a more accessible style of EBM which combined dark and introspective lyrics with a guitar driven
Synth popsound. Battery Cage was signed to Metropolis Recordson the strength of the material, and the Metropolis debut was released in North America and Europe to critical praise. The record dealwith Metropolis also enabled the group to release their debut CD "Product" in 2005, with Metropolis doing the distribution.
In 2003, Tyler Newman and Paul Savio relocated from
Bostonto San Francisco, where the material for the 2006 CD release "A Young Person's Guide To Heartbreak" was developed. This recording was a departure from the EBM style established in 2004's World Wide Wasteland, marked by a narrative presentation of the subject matter of the trauma caused by crossed relationships, and a more diverse range of musical styles and influences. The exploration of styles enabled more involvement from drummer Roland Adams and guitarist Joshua Greco, to create a more traditional sounding Rock record with live drums, guitars and bass. The 19 track CD included examples of Industrial metal, Post-punk, Rock Ballads, ambient soundscapes, as well as Battery Cage's traditional dark Synth pop, delivered in a style reminiscent of Joy Division, Ministry, and more recent Wire.
Battery Cage Live
Battery Cage has toured in support of Covenant,
Additional members for Battery Cage performances have included bassist M Crazz from Boston industrial band
Big Catholic Guilt, and singer Gabriel Shaw from Boston's EBM/ Futurepopgroup mindFIELD.
*"A Young Person's Guide To Heartbreak" (2006)
*"World Wide Wasteland" (2004)
*"Product" (1998, 2005)
*"Single" - digital release (2006)
*"Ecstasy" - CD-R (2002)
* [http://www.batterycage.com Battery Cage website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/batterycage Battery Cage on myspace]
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