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Sorry You Missed It

by The Batterie

deep down-tempo compositions, blowing freakout guitar riffs and a stable of hook-laden soundscapes surround Aubrey's amazing voice.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sorry You Missed It
4:50 album only
2. Isn't in You
3:25 album only
3. One Way Conversation
4:17 album only
4. Angry Happy
5:12 album only
5. If and Only
4:16 album only
6. Shady Soul
4:39 album only
7. Wise
5:45 album only
8. In Your Pocket
4:20 album only
9. Observations
4:11 album only
10. Too Soon
5:59 album only


Album Notes
"Sorry You Missed It, this edgy rock band's debut, crashes into the music scene brimming with passion and power. Lead singer Aubrey Smith has the pipes of a gritty angel: Backed by vibrant beats and lush, melodic layerings, she turns songs of lost love into bittersweet, ferocious anthems."
-Marie Claire Magazine

If records could be described as books, the Batterie's new album Sorry You Missed It would be a sultry pulp novel, exuding sex and mystery with each song played. Today, July 29, marks the release date for the New York-based band's first album. There's even a local connection: bassist Joaquin C de Baca and soundscaper Gabriel hays met in the seventh grade at Alameda Junior High, right here in Santa Fe. Gabe was a student of local pianist Kevin Zoernig. Ambition and adulthood separated the pair for a few years, but they eventually reconnected, adding drummer Phil Kester and Aubrey Smith to their sumptuous mix. The quartet has produced an album reminiscent of Hooverphonic and ealry Siouxsie and the Banshees. Smith's haunting voice complements the crunching melodies of her band mates. The title track exemplifies the angry but mature melodies this band of lovelorn misfits can create. Other tracks, such as "One Way" stretch Smith's vocal range to the limit, revealing a sense of harmony that comes from her voice alone. The keyboard work throughout the album is like the sweet candy layers of a sour Gobstopper, at one moment absent, the very next moment omnipresent. With the assistance of veteran producers Joe Blaney (Lauryn Hill, the Clash), and Dan Grigsby (the Pretenders, Keith Richards), the Batterie's debut album will leave you sorry - if you missed it, that is. - Rob DeWalt (Pasateimpo, Santa Fe New Mexican's weekly arts magazine)

"The Batterie has a great and interesting musical approach. it's
progressive but without the pretense that most new bands have.
Aubrey's voice is like a Janis Joplin and Billie Holiday mix and her
sexy lyrics make you want to reach out and touch her..."
-Dan Grigsby
independent producer/engineer

Having spent the past year in the studio working with veteran producers Joe Blaney (The Clash, The Ravonettes, Lauryn Hill, Prince) and Dan Grigsby (the Pretenders, Keith Richards), The Batterie is finally ready to show everyone what they're all about. The band's debut album Sorry You Missed It centers on stories of broken love, broken promises, and a little hope for tomorrow.

The Batterie's huge sound combines a mixture of down-tempo compositions, freak-out guitar riffs, and a stable of hook-laden soundscapes surrounding Aubrey Smith's amazing voice. With its deep grooves and lush harmonies, the album represents the band's growth from a fierce live act to full-fledged storytellers. Check out the manic broken love on "Sorry You Missed It" (track 1), the surprising evolution of "In Your Pocket" (track 8) and Aubrey's Smith's fireworks on "Too Soon" (track 10).



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David Koltai

The Batterie is AMAZING!
This is a wonderful debut CD from the Brooklyn band called Batterie.

Buy it or you'll be sorry you missed it.


Leaving no stone unturned
I've seen the Batterie play live a few times before the release of their LP, and even then I couldn't wait to her what concoction they would create in the studio. To my delight, this album adds additional elements that enhance their songwriting and builds creative arcs and suspense to their music. From the percussion and drumming that keeps the energy moving to the range of the lead singer's vocal acrobatics, the Batterie leave no stone unturned in this fantastic album.