Gothic/Industrial Band BATAVIA Releases Quite Mean Spirited; An Exploration of Human Malevolence
US gothic/industrial band BATAVIA proudly announces the release of their newest EP, Quite Mean Spirited.
The EP is an exploration of malevolence and what drives the human soul to inflict indignities upon their fellow beings. The video for the first single made its premiere on ReGen Magazine on August 27th.
Q U I T E M E A N S P I R I T E D
The recording took place in our home studio in Jacksonville FL, with marathon recording and writing sessions spanning several weeks.
The title song delves into justification of inflicting vitriol through the veil of tribalism by means of a bleak, brooding goth-rock drone. To break the morose subject matter, track 2 is a jaunty cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Upside Down”, delivered in industrial metal fashion.
Tracks 3 and 4, “Ab Initio” and “Finis”, are two parts of a whole. Based on the true story of a woman in 1930s Soviet Russia who was taken from her home and sent across the sea to an island prison. Shortly after her arrival, she was assaulted by the guardsman. When she turned to her fellow prisoners for help, they instead tied her to a tree and cannibalized her. “An Initio” is based on a sailor song that was adopted by the Red Army during this time. “Finis” is a dreary, gothic orchestral illustration of the terror and despair this woman must have experienced.
Track 5, “The Absinthian”, paints a picture of the malice in the individual. There are no questions to be asked, but a cavalier affidavit told from the perspective of unrepentant malevolence; a representation of the evil that lives in each and every one of us at its purest form in the form of a man.
Track 6 closes the EP with a remix of the title track, provided by Leæther Strip.