Johannesburg, South Africa: one of this country’s most iconic alternative acts, Battery 9, has released a seventh full length studio album yesterday. Grimmig arrives eight years after it’s predecessor with the 2008 Galbraak album, although the appearance of a single with ‘Pluk ‘n Lat Vir Jou Eie Gat’ late last year suggested a possible return for the predominantly Afrikaans language industrial/rock/metal/electronic act.
Battery 9 began a rapid upward trajectory on the South African scene as early as 1995 following the release of the Protskrog debut album; which was a self-produced first-of-a-kind for the South African alternative scene, invoking admiration from rockers, metalheads, and all sorts of other underground music enthusiasts. The band developed into a live sensation with their unique performance antics. At the heart of this endeavour has been creator Paul Riekert of One F Music. We were unable to reach Paul for comment, and at this time, have found no evidence to suggest the assembly of a new live act for future touring.
Limited hard copy pressings will be available for purchase exclusively via Subterania Music and should become available before the end of 2016. In the meantime, Grimmig can only be sampled and/or purchased for download via established music sales platforms including iTunes, Google Play and Microsoft, or it can be accessed via paid streaming services including Liedjie (SA), Apple Music, Google All Access and Tidal.
For the sake of familiarity we have included the video below, featuring ‘Skerwe’ from Battery 9’s 2005 Straks album.