BNI (Batteries Not Included)

BNI (Batteries Not Included)

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Rock - Punk | MALTA, Malta
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BNI (Batteries Not Included)

Batteries Not Included have now been around since 1993 or so. The band started off after Miguel and Malcolm came across a live version of Sham 69’s ‘If the kids are united’, and decided to cover it, being impressed by the rawness and energy of the song’s style.
From then on, driven solely by a strong drive for creating fun, loud music that could be said to be closer to a crossbreed between old and recent Punk and also have Blues and Rock influences.
BNI’s music reflects a certain angst that is peculiarly Maltese, and has a musical and lyrical content that is not too serious or politically oriented. On the other hand, the band has tried to tackle (in its own way) the reality of everyday situations in their lyrics.
The wild gigs at local bars, pubs and festivals helped them gain further energy, which they let loose in their live shows and in the recording of their first album entitled ‘Native Tongue / Ilsien Pajjiżi’ (1999). Apart from the release of this album, and the release of a demo cassette entitled ‘Unsolved’ (1994), the band’s main achievement for this first album was one small innovation which is still gaining ground in the musical interests of today’s Maltese Punk bands: Punk Rock with Maltese lyrics.
Apart from the re-release of the ‘Native Tongue / Ilsien Pajjiżi’ album, BNI have released a second album by the title of ‘Force Majeur’, in which they still put a strong emphasis on their crossover style Punk while fusing it with various Ska and Reggae elements. Recorded during April ’04 at Temple Studios and released 4 months later, this album gives off something of a more centred and honed style of Punk, thanks also to the arrival of Ivor Germani as the band’s new drummer. After its release the band played countless live shows everywhere possible to gain a dedicated fanbase that always shows up at their gigs.
The latest product of BNI’s tireless efforts in the scene is their third album aptly named ‘On and On…’, which sports the rawness and energy of their first album mixed with the more polished song-writing style of ‘Force Majeur’. Recorded during June ‘06 at Temple Studios, ‘On and On…’ is as loud as it gets, with Reggae and Ska still plainly leaving their influence on the band. This third album was released on 1st December 2006. Since its release, Steve ‘Lombardo’ Attard is the band’s new, hard-hitting drummer.
Now BNI's aim is to tour abroad and spread the music that is said to have enormous potential by all the media and local following around the band. With the will to play the best live show every time, BNI always blew everyone away and left a permanent mark in their minds saying that BNI are an incredible band with a professional live sound and songs that end up being loved by rock and punk listeners alike.