Having sold out their February sow at the Luminaire a month in advance 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 a headline show at Dingwalls on Monday April 24th to promote their new Warp records release Battles ‘EP C/B EP’ out on February 20th.
Their live sets sees them 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.
Too beat orientated to be dubbed ?post rock?, as vanguards Battles stand on their own in the realm of contemporary music. Battles will captivate you live with the dexterous competency of each member, executing musical forms previously unattainable outside the sphere of the electronic scene.
?Battles dismantle post rock, hip hop and serial music, only to reassemble the pieces in the wrong order?with phrases zipping back and forth across the listener?s consciousness, they reduce his or her brain to a quivering joyful mush?. Plan B
?As trite as a term ?supergroup? has become, it?s hard not to use it in reference to a band like Battles. Some would be hard pressed to name another group combining such a pedigree with a calculated, yet fearlessly avant-garde, experimental sound? ? Anthem (US)