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Singer/songwriter Matt Drenik relocated from Austin, Texas to Portland, Ore., leaving his band Lions behind and finding new success with Battleme when his song “Lights,” cowritten with the Forest Rangers, became a musical highlight on the FX show Sons of Anarchy. (Another song, “Burn This Town” was featured as the finale of season two.) For Future Runs Magnetic, Drenik teamed up with Portland natives Eric Johnston (bass), Zach Richards (drums), Evan Railton (synths), and producer Doug Boehm (Girls, Dr. Dog, Guided by Voices) to fully represent his latest batch of tunes. These include several of his finest pop songs to date, including the leadoff track “Just Weight,” “Nights on the Strand," and the extended “We Get Out,” where the guitars feed back for a cathartic end. The band chemistry brings true blood to the electricity of “We Are Underground” and a pulsing excitement to the dynamic “I Want My Kim Deal,” a clear reference to the Pixies/Breeders musician. “I Am a Lightning Bolt” centers on Drenik’s earnest vocals with an under-two-minute tune that would do Guided By Voices proud.

Customer Reviews


I got turned on to Battleme from SOA, and have been a fan ever since. It’s nice to see a band progress and mature with each album. This new one is their best work yet. I’m loving the whole thing, but if you are on the fence, check out ‘Nights on the Strand’ or ‘We Get Out’ and you’ll see what I’m talking about. My favorite album of 2014!

Also, these guys are great live! Check them out if you get the chance.

I’ve been waiting for this to come out!

Been waiting for this since I caught Battleme live in Portland, OR. While they’re great live, they’re also great in the studio. This is killer.

Great Album, "Face-Melting" live

I recently bought tickets to go see the Toadies. Battleme was opening and I had never heard of them. I went online to check them out and found this gem of an album. It took me back to the days of albums that you could listen to and wanted to listen to the whole way through. And their live show was amazing! I'd say it's a bit heavier than the album. All I can say is that Battleme rocked the hell out of their set. Solid band, great album, FANTASTIC live show.


Born: 2009 in Austin, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Perhaps best known as the singer and guitarist of the Austin, Texas band LIONS, Matt Drenik explores lo-fi folk and electro with his solo project Battleme. Started in 2009 after he was diagnosed with uveitis, an auto-immune disease that affects the eyes, the songwriter began to find his writing moving in a more expansive and personal direction. Looking for an outlet for all this new material, he relocated from Austin to Portland, Oregon and began writing songs in his basement, eventually churning...
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