CULT PSYCHOTICA is not a cult.

CULT PSYCHOTICA is not a dance.

CULT PSYCHOTICA is not a drug.

CULT PSYCHOTICA is not a hustle.

CULT PSYCHOTICA is not a movement.


OCT 6, 2017

Wasted Youth premieres new video for Misfit Honey Bear!

Battleme, the project of multi-instrumentalist Matt Drenik, teeters on that comfortable edge of all familiar sounds and vibes we dig – rock ‘n’ roll, oozing with urgency and purpose, and a lilting blues-infused swagger that ties it all together. You may recognize Drenik’s name from his years fronting sludge-happy LIONS, or from his cover of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey, My My,” which landed on the overly marathoned Sons of Anarchy. His new album under Battleme, Cult Psychotia, dropped last month on El Camino Media, and today we’re premiering the video for new track “Misfit Honey Bear.”

“Misfit was the last song written for Cult Psychotica. I wanted to write a love song. For the video, we wanted to get into a psychedelic mind space and do the entire thing in one shot. We needed the right space and found a replica of stone hedge, packed up and got our early morning psyche on… in one shot.” Matt Drenik

Directed by Taylor Bolding, the video also features a bear, walrus, and what looks like a goldfish, who all stalk Drenik in mischievous ways before coming together in hip-shaking, hand-clapping synchronicity. It’s an all around good time. So press play and soak it up. –Maya Eslami

Freakout Festival (Seattle, WA)

Seattle's KEXP review of our set at Freakout Fest last weekend...

"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. The band’s energy was palpable in the room, never showing a sign of letting up throughout the performance." - DH

Thanks to the Freakout Family and everyone else for making such a great show happen at the Tractor. Good times! See you next year.

photo by Brendin Nilsen

photo by Brendin Nilsen

All Music reviews Cult Psychotica

"Battleme gained early attention for the lo-fi psych-folk of their eponymous 2012 debut after several tracks showed up on the motorcycle gang drama Sons of Anarchy. Since then, lead singer/songwriter Matt Drenik has pushed the band in an even more road-hardened direction with a fiery garage and punk rock-steeped aesthetic. It's a sound they once again champion on their swaggering fourth studio album, 2017's Cult Psychotica. Imagine if Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell jammed out with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and you'll get a good sense of the sound Battleme achieve here. Purportedly recorded during one frenzied weeklong session at the band's Portland studio, 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. On the opening "No Truth," he sings "What's you gonna do when your gods are through, man?/What's you gonna say when your love is through, man?" It's that kind of shoot-from-the-hip, punk-meets-beatnik sensibility that informs much of what is to come on Cult Psychotica. Cuts like the driving "Suzie Fuse" and "Testament" are bass-heavy and deliciously boneheaded groovers that sound sort of like a more streamlined version of '90s-era Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Elsewhere, the propulsive "Wanna Go Home" and "Hot Mess," with its dancy, four-on-the-floor rhythm and angular shards of guitar, lean heavily toward the '80s post-punk of bands like the Buzzcocks and Wire. If Battleme started out writing songs to listen to after driving your Harley out into the desert, then Cult Psychotica is the sound of revving your engine just before you speed off down the highway, shouting at the sun." - All Music