batteryboy began as a solo project by songwriter Cobey Rouse in the fall of 2011. After a 10-year hiatus from music, Rouse was inspired to start writing again after discovering the music of Cloud Cult, opening him up to a whole new passion for musical possibilities. With his acoustic guitar and a unique 3-piece floor drum setup, Rouse was ready to deal with the world around him, and hopefully help others do the same, through music.
In January, 2012, Rouse released a full length batteryboy album recorded in his basement, entitled "North". In June, he recorded his "winter's gate" EP at Old Fashioned Records, where he happened to meet Cloud Cult violinist Shannon Frid who worked in the instrument repair store upstairs.
Three months later, Frid posted a status update on Facebook stating that she'd like to play more live shows. Rouse reached out and Frid was up for doing a couple shows. A couple months later batteryboy had become a duet and started playing out in the Twin Cities. In January 2013, batteryboy added Eric Carranza to add keys, percussion and an array of other instruments to help fulfill their vision for the undeniably distinctive batteryboy sound. Together, they'll release their first full-length record in June 2013.
A recent fan post on Facebook, sums them up best: "batteryboy is a powerfully sexy yet emotional musical locomotive of acoustic guitar & violin that sped through the place on tracks of heartfelt & hope-filled lyrics, driven by at times surely violent strumming, masterful plucking and a thundering station of kick bass drums. Don't miss another opportunity to see them LIVE while you can."