A heavy, wet snowstorm is no match for the power of rock and roll. Especially when The Battery Electric is involved. While there were reports of other venues closing all afternoon—this show cancelled and that show cancelled—updates from the guys in denim were full steam ahead. There was no way this show, a record release party for their new album The Heart and the Thrill at Asbury Lanes, was not going to go off.
Fans who braved the storm and filled the Lanes were treated to a great showcase of music. The evening opened with Jersey City band Black Wail who have a great straight ahead rock sound accentuated by some sweet keyboards. Asbury Park’s The Von Mons were up next and played some nice garage rock with touches of 60s/70s surf and punk. Deal Casino seems to be a band on the verge of blowing up. Great energy, awesome tunes and a lively set.
Once The Battery Electric took the stage things got wild pretty quickly. The band puts on a great show and audience involvement is a prerequisite. Moshing, flying beer cans and flying bodies were just part of the fun. The band played songs off the new album as well as some older favorites. Special guest Pete Steinkopf of The Bouncing Souls, who produced The Heart and the Thrill, came on for rousing covers of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” and The Misfits “Where Eagles Dare.”
The Battery Electric have a way of connecting with their wildly enthusiastic and devoted fans in a manner that can only be described as fervor. There is an energy in the crowd that is palpable and you get swept up in it. It is a two way street. The band feeds off that energy and the whole place becomes, well, electric.
My photos from the whole show are below.
Do yourself a favor and go see Battery Electric live. Pictures can only do so much. The Battery Electric must be experienced.
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