Battle formed in Canterbury when schoolfriends Jason Bavanandan and Jamie Ellis met Tim Scudder and Oliver Davies, while studying at UKC. Spending countless hours writing, first in their student house and later in a disused bank-vault under Luton, they resolved to create forward-thinking and emotionally resonant music that would endure. Inspired by Wookie’s garage mantra ‘Everyday is like a battle / But we’ll push on through’, Battle incite the individual to fight for their dreams.
Debut album Break The Banks was released last year to great critical acclaim, featuring a bunch of organic, atmospheric and emotionally intelligent songs which reveal a kinship with greats as varied as The Cure, Joy Division, The Smiths, Remain In Light-era Talking Heads, and post-britpop Blur. Lyrically it revolves around the central theme of hope in adversity as singer Jason Bavanandan explores nostalgia and friendship, the environment, political apathy, and relationships with a searching humanity and elegant turn of phrase. Highly recommended for fans of Editors, Bloc Party, Pulp, and Puressence.