Battleme is the stage name and band of Lions singer Matt Drenik, an American musician. It was started as a creative outlet to other projects Drenik was involved in during 2009. Since its formation, Battleme has been critically acclaimed by Rolling Stone, Billboard, Esquire Magazine, Classic Rock Magazine, Magnet and more. They've toured and shared the stages with Metric, The Arctic Monkeys, The Toadies, The Supersuckers, Veruca Salt, Reign Wolf + more. Featured heavily in the US television series, Sons of Anarchy, the band reached the Itunes top 20 for several weeks with their cover of Neil Young's "Hey Hey, My My", which now has over 30 million YouTube hits. Their most recent record, "Cult Psychotica", was released in the US on Oct 6, 2017 with All Music giving it an 8 out of 10 stars, with reviewer Matt Collar noting, "...the album is a red-eyed collection of fuzzy rock anthems, all centered on Drenik's throaty, nasal-pitched sneer. What he lacks in outright vocal resonance, he makes up for with strutting rock attitude and literate, philosophical lyrics that are equal parts Lou Reed and Elliott Smith." Classic Rock Magazine picked lead single, Testament, as one of its best tracks of 2017. The current line-up is known for it's blustering live performances that sometimes span over two hours with little breaks in between songs.
Cult psychotica // 2017
Cult Psychotica’s ten songs are an homage to a fluid and sometimes morbid dream that centers around Drenik’s vision of an urban American landscape run by shams and hustles. It’s a reaction to the Trumponian theatre, a timely reflection on our own busted reality.
LIVE in EUROPE // 2017
"Battleme gave Novi Sad a great, sincere, raw guitar party along with songs from the new edition "Cult Psychotica", but also with some older things. Observing them on the stage, it's impossible to resist it, you feel that you can testify to something that will persist for years." - Balkan Rock
KEXP NODS AGAIN
"If there was a showmanship award to be handed out at Freakout, Battleme would be a top contender. The Portland rock outfit gleefully indulged in the audience from the stage at Tractor Tavern. Lead vocalist Matt Drenik prowled the stage, possessed and hellbent on raising the stakes. His presence was as big as the music, hitting harder with each track." - KEXP
"Battleme is the stylish brainchild of their former frontman Matt Drenik. Testament is the latest single and comes bearing blues-based riffage of the most swashbuckling calibre. Plus they look brilliant, and Matt gives the most delicious ‘OWW!’ cry we’ve heard all week. Good times all-round." - TOTAL ROCK (UK)