Battery9 is one of the very few “Industrial” bands to come from South Africa,
and thus far the only one to break out of the sub-culture mold.
Which is surprising: the music is by nature extreme and unsafe. The
lyrics (predominantly in Afrikaans and also in English) examine the darker side
of the human psyche, driven by distorted vocals, chunky guitars and relentless
beats. It contains a fat dose of cynical humour, twisted electronica, and
abrasive sounds from industry. Basically, subject matter and sounds the
neighbours get upset about.The live act contains unusual aspects like action
painting, and is demanding, explosive and equally extreme, and the audiences
Yet, since humble beginnings in 1995 with a self-financed album (Protskrog), Battery9 has grown to be one
of the bigger acts on the difficult South African music scene, releasing three
consecutive albums: Strop (1996), Gris (1997), and Wrok, which was awarded the SAMA (South African Music Award) for
1998's Best Rock Album. The live act toured extensively around the whole of
South Africa, doing the club circuit, as well as performing at most of the
major SA music festivals. In 1999, after supporting Prodigy and Faithless on
their tour here, they took a well-deserved break from the studio and the media.
After negotiations that lasted more than a year, the album Sondebok was released by a major record
company in July 2002. Fiercely independent, this was the first (and probably
the last) time Battery9 signed to a major commercial label. Sondebok
(2002) re-established the outfit as a major player in the South African "alternative"
music scene and was nominated Best Rock Album in that year's SAMA awards.
The Battery9 album Straks was
released in December 2005.
The 2nd November 2007 saw the re-release of Battery9's album Strop,
eleven years after it's original release.
2008 sees the release of yet another album Battery9 album Galbraak…..
Battery9 is the brainchild of Paul Riekert, who writes the lyrics and
music, and sings, plays, records and produces most of what appears on the CDs
in his own studio. On stage he screams/sings and play bass guitar, and is
joined by two very talented individuals: Huyser Burger - the DJ, live action
painter and MC, also known as DJ Fokolnonsens, and Cesare Cassarino - the
guitar player, best known for his work as a bassist in the South African jazz
and session scene.