Battered Fish - Megawhat?

Tuesday 1st December 1998
Battered Fish - Megawhat?

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Australia has always loved rock music with a kickin' live scene, it isn't surprising then that Australia's Christian music is also well influenced by rock. One of the best underground bands around are the brilliantly named three piece band Battered Fish. The 'Megawhat?' seven-track EP was originally released back in 1996 and contains the intense alternative rock opening of "The Source" before breaking down into the moody groove and plaintive vocals of Caleb James on the fabulous "During One Thursday Intrusion". The songs are clearly built around Caleb's guitar and vocals with strong support from bassist Jeremy Bennet and drummer Matthew Gray. "Window" is a good example of what this band are capable of producing because it switches between high energy and quieter melodic passages. "Bus" is built on a huge funky guitar groove whilst the closing "Fearless" is an angry, loud, desperate cry of surrender.

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