EXCLUSIVE BATILLUS STUDIO BLOG #3: VOCALIST / SYNTH-MASTER FADE KAINER
When we heard that our friends in Brooklyn doom-crew Batillus were heading into the studio to record a new album, we were all, “Dudes, do a studio blog for us!!!” And they were all, “Okay!!!” And so here we are! Below, find the third installment, which was written by vocalist / synth-master Fade Kainer; read the inaugural entry by bassist Willi Stabenau here and the second entry by drummer Geoff Summers here; this will be the final entry.
Nine days in an isolation tank, electricity bent through circuitry, vacuum tubes glowing, wood assaulting metal alloys and mylar skins. Subsonic grit, larynx shatters the air; all captured, assembled, deconstructed, processed and reassembled. The new album has been created; Sanford Parker has captured our sound at his Semaphore Studios — lovingly dubbed ‘the Submarine’ due to its stark, lightless interior; long, narrow floorplan; and row of bunk beds — in Chicago. We now have no concept of time, day or night, as we head home toward Brooklyn. But our journey was not without incident.
“Some people don’t consider marijuana a drug,” a Pennsylvania state trooper explains to us as his partners search though our dirty underwear. Either way, we don’t have any.
“You guys don’t play country music, do you?” he asks, spitting tobacco at our feet. Nope. “It’s like Sabbath,” offers Willi, trying to give the trooper a reference he can understand.
“How about mushrooms, you got any mushrooms?” he asks me, disappointed to find only a cough drop, three earplugs, and 29 cents in my pocket. Another officer pulls a box of fireworks out of the van– probably left over munitions from our fireworks war with Hull last September — and asks us, “do you guys throw these at your audience?”
– Fade Kainer