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Battery 9

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Battery 9 (pronounced, in Afrikaans, as Battery Nege), an industrial music project from Johannesburg, South Africa, is the brainchild of Paul Riekert, who writes, plays and records the music in a mixture of English and Afrikaans.

Riekert started recording under the name Battery 9 in 1994, bored with the creative constraints of a standard rock band format. A platform to run various projects from, One F Music, was subsequently founded, in the form of an independent record label and a small home studio.

The first Battery 9 album, Protskrog, was released in 1995. Made and backed by little more than a shoestring budget, it sold well enough to warrant a licensing deal with independent record company Tic Tic Bang.

The next release, Strop (1996), saw Battery 9 break through to a wider audience, with the song “Kiss the Machine” receiving daytime airplay and eventually charting on 5FM, a major nationwide commercial radio station. For the first time, the major industry took notice and the project received major media coverage, while the live act played for increasingly bigger audiences, culminating in a solo show at the Viper Room in Pretoria in 1997 that drew 1200 people. In the same year, the album Gris, featuring remixes, re-interpretations and interactive CD-ROM data, was released.

Wrok was released in 1998 and was awarded Best Rock Album in that year’s South African Music Awards.

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  • burritoburrito

    BATTERY 9 ON MOTHERFUCKIN' ITUNES MOTHERFUCKER!!! SNAKES ON A MOTHERFUCKIN' PLAAAAAAAAAAAANE!

    16 Jul 2010 Reply
  • System-G

    New album is being launched very soon (if not already...) Can't wait to get my mits on it! More info on their fanpage on Facebook. I'm trying to get them to get more material available here too!!

    11 Sep 2008 Reply
  • thejunkieman

    Hay Battery Nege! Still listen to your songs; timeless!

    14 Mar 2008 Reply
  • Entwined1000

    It doesnt calculate on music types but rather what the most popular listeners of battery 9 also listen too...

    9 May 2007 Reply
  • lostvicking

    Any ideas why these guys are similar to Koos Kombuis and Karen Zoid - aside from sharing the same country?????

    19 Jan 2007 Reply

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