Battlebeats - Search & Destroy [IMPORT Indonesia Punk] – New LP
While I'm careful not to believe what I read, it seems that Indonesia came relatively late in embracing punk, but once they grabbed it, they grabbed it with both hands and often have an honesty and awkwardness that recalls the early development of punk scenes in other places, getting it right and even when they might get it wrong it just makes it more right for me. I've always been obsessed with punk from other lands, with Indonesia in the past few years so I was hyped to hear that Alien Snatch might have caught the same bug and released this set from Battlebeats, chock full of pissed off and who-cares happy snotty rockers and garage rock n roll numbers, not sounding like the garage freak beat of the 1960s but in some ways sort of recalling 1965 when neighborhood bands in Ohio and New Zealand were maybe as much inspired by the 1950s as British Invasion, this band picking up some Cochran, boogaloo, and Berry from 1950s but shot through the East Coast underground and West Coast punk and the garage-pop punk from a decade and two later, recalling several one-man band artists who came around decades later bent on doing it themselves so they could do it their own ways even though they often hooked up with others for some of their best work, like Battlebeats, doing the low-budget because it's the only option, and like those others, this has some rough-hewn power-pop charm and plenty of riffs and low-rent rhythm to keep the sock hop going on the sorry side of town, sounding like they were mostly raised on punk, Chuck Berry and versions of "Milk Cow Blues," even offering a bluesy instrumental that seems a nod to Berry b-sides. This is B-side rock from the B-side of planet Earth, might not appeal to all fans of Alien Snatch, but for me, this kicks me in the gut and slaps a grin on my chin, gets better each time I slap it on and crank it up. -- winch (green noise records)
"Absolutely stunning debut full of pyroclastic smashers, this volcano will unleash rivers of lava melting your brain! BATTLEBEATS is the new garage-punk sensation and finally available on vinyl to enter your hit list!
Faster & Louder: 'The sound here is raw and ferocious, with songs alternating between the wild, blown-out rock and roll of tracks like "You're My Wild One" and "I Wanna Break Away" and the snot-drenched rage of "She's So Overrated". This is exactly the way lo-fi garage punk ought to be: cheaply-recorded, brimming with untamed energy, and stripped to the essence of three-chord simplicity. Songs for the most part clock in under two minutes - and even at seventeen tracks, the album leaves me wanting more. Crank up the volume and make like the '90s never ended!'
"Absolutely stunning debut full of pyroclastic smashers, this volcano will unleash rivers of lava melting your brain! BATTLEBEATS is the new garage-punk sensation and finally available on vinyl to enter your hit list! Andresa plays everything on his own - working with a guitar plugged into an overdrive pedal and a 15-watt amp, a floor tom-snare drum set, tambourine, and no bass. The band story sounds like a budget rock fairytale, young fanboy Andresa touring with prior band Japan, going to a bar after a show to meet his idol Fifi of TEENGENERATE! Showing drawings and pledge for song lyrics, Fifi is overwhelmed and happy to share the same instincts for rocknroll and power pop. Like a long lost ninja son, he suggest the band name for his new indonesian friend and BATTLEBEATS are born. He got his first 45 "You Stabbed Me In The Back" out on Post Party Depression in the US in late 2020. You may have heard the chords before, but this Rock and Roll rawness is turning you inside out and you feel the TEENTRASH kid in you just going wild. It's like having a beer and wondering why it tastes so good as you never had a beer before! Next time your uncle habitually grabs his stained PERSUADERS records, you can easily send him off the rocking chair. "Search & Destroy" got additional KILLER analog vinyl mastering by A-HULEHULE and BARRATO in Berlin and you won´t believe the outcome. Limited first edition from ALIEN SNATCH! budget rock sisterhood division."