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Buchbar: das ganze Jahr
Booking: whole year around
B.N.I. Batteries not included are a ska – punk Maltese band, also influenced by rock and reggae. Their debut album Ilsien Pajjiżi (Native Tongue) features the first ever punk tracks in Maltese: “L-Imġissem” and “Qrunha f’Butha”.
They did a german Tour in early 2012 with 7 shows in 10 days (e.g. headliners in Göttingen with a crowd of more than 250 people)!
Batteries Not Included have now been around since 1993 or so. The band started off after Miguel and Malcolm came across a live version of Sham 69’s ‘If the kids are united’, and decided to cover it, being impressed by the rawness and energy of the song’s style.
From then on, driven solely by a strong drive for creating fun, fast and loud music that could be said to be closer to a crossbreed between old and recent Punk than anything else, the band has been going steady.
B.N.I.’s music reflects a certain angst that is peculiarly Maltese, and has a musical and lyrical content that is not too serious or politically oriented. On the other hand, the band has tried to tackle (in its own way) the reality of everyday situations.
The well organised but wild gigs at ‘Dempsey’s Bar’, and the opening of ‘The Edge’ rock bar in Buġibba helped them (and a number of other bands) gain further energy, which they let loose in the recording of their first album entitled ‘Native Tongue / Ilsien Pajjiżi’ (1999). Apart from the release of this album, and the release of a demo cassette entitled ‘Unsolved’ (1994), the band’s main achievement was one small innovation which is still gaining ground in the musical interests of today’s Maltese Punk bands: Punk Rock with Maltese lyrics.
Apart from the re-release of the ‘Native Tongue / Ilsien Pajjiżi’ album on Malta based Reciprocal Records, B.N.I. have released a second album by the title of ‘Force Majeur’, in which they still put a strong emphasis on their crossover style Punk while fusing it with various Ska and Reggae elements. Recorded during April ’04 at Temple Studios and released 4 months later, this album gives off something of a more centred and honed style of Punk, thanks also to the arrival of ‘John Doe’ the band’s new drummer.
The latest product of B.N.I.’s tireless efforts in the scene is their third album aptly named ‘On and On…’, which sports the rawness and energy of their first album mixed with the more polished song-writing style of ‘Force Majeur’. Recorded during June ‘06 at Temple Studios, ‘On and On…’ is as loud as it gets, with Reggae and Ska still plainly leaving their influence on the band. This third album was released on 1st December 2006. Since its release, Steve ‘Lombardo’ Attard is the band’s new, hard-hitting drummer.