We’re At The Top is the clos­ing track from The Bat­tery Far­m’s 2nd EP Dirty Den’s March of Suf­fer­ing. It is a song about “lone­li­ness and a song about for­got­ten peo­ple”. Unsur­pris­ing­ly, it’s suf­fused with melan­choly – but so heart­felt and so raw it stopped me in my tracks. It’s a beau­ti­ful­ly paced num­ber, com­mand­ing you to just stop what you’re doing, just hush and sit still and just absorb every despair­ing moment. 

The Bat­tery Farm are a Man­ches­ter out­fit who describe their music as Gut­ter Punk but the mate­r­i­al is actu­al­ly far more nuanced. And a sense of humour – plus a sense of place – is very much in evi­dence. Such as the third track on Dirty Den’s March of Suf­fer­ing, called I’ve Nev­er Been To Gor­ton, as the lyrics tick off a list of Man­ches­ter loca­tions, from Moss Side to Ancoats. I thought I could recall anoth­er song about a place not vis­it­ed but all I could come up with was the 70s bal­lad: I’ve Nev­er Been to Me, which is – some­thing else entirely.

The band was formed in March 2019 by Ben and Dominic Cor­ry, as “a cry of despair; a ter­ri­fied and furi­ous response to a world that rapid­ly seems to be going wrong“. It’s an apt song for these times. 

A mov­ing video accom­pa­nies – about fam­i­ly, but also about death. Made in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Trust A Fox Photography.

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