BATTLES the avant-experimentalists and math rock super group – including John Stanier on drums, originating from the legacy that is Helmet, and still lending his skills to Mike Patton?s Tomahawk and Australian powerhouse The Mark of Cain; Ian Williams guitarist/ keyboardist known for his distinctive guitar styling in cult band Don Caballero; Dave Konopka, guitar and bass, previously in the underground band Lynx and Tyondai Braxton, avant-garde solo musician (who recently collaborated with Prefuse 73), here vox/ keyboardist/ guitar/ electronics play as main support.
Their live sets sees them promote debut album MIRRORED released on 14th May on Warp, preceded by ATLAS the single released 2nd April as they concoct a mix of strident post-rock/ jazz/ hardcore and electronics, stunning crowds with mind boggling poly-rhythmic sequences and complicated time signatures, hurtled at you with sheer sonic velocity.
- ?Just the Finest in mutant, post everything, kraut disco? Time Out 15/02/06
- ?One avant garde child prodigy, two indie guitar nerds and one borderline metal drummer thrown together in a filthy basement studio in Brooklyn? ?Battles have proven to have such an appeal live? The Wire Jan ?06
- ?Monumental Sound? Independent
- ?Live rep to die for? Instro-math riot of rhythm?n?sound? Mojo March ?06
- ?The cream of underground avant garde jazz and post-rock? mind bending. Devilishly complex? The Observer
- ?Wonderfully hyperactive yet carefully formulated music? Rock Sound
- ?Out to defy all expectations?
?A new force to be reckoned with?
?One of the most exciting avant-garde experimental outfits to emerge in years. Let the battle commence? Rock Sound
- ?Amazing what you can do with instruments these days? Independent 12/02/06
- ?Impossible to categorise?Battles are out to F@*! Your minds, and who are we to stop them? Rock Sound
- ?Diverse backgrounds are reconciled with focus and precision? Uncut March
- ?Staggering, mindblowing, ridiculous , technically dazzling? Vice Feb ?06
- ?It?s as if they?ve taken a lesson of Joy Division and shown how its to be done -correctly? Flux
- ?That there?s talent in Battles is unquestionable? Kerrang!
plus special guests