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Battles is a New York based experimental rock band formed in 2002 by guitarist Ian Williams who formerly played with noise band Storm & Stress and Don Caballero. The group currently comprises of former Helmet member John Stanier as drummer who is also a member of Tomahawk and The Mark of Cain; former Lynx player Dave Konopa as bassist and Ian Williams as the keyboardist and guitarist. Some of the most popular songs by the group include My Machines, Ice Cream, The Line, Atlas, Tras and Tonto. The group issued several EPs before releasing their first album titled Mirrored through Warp Records in 2006, which appeared on various charts and reached the seventh position on US Heat charts. Since the band’s sound incorporates elements of several other genres including dance-punk, new prog, progressive rock, post-rock, math-rock, modern rock as well as experimental rock, Battles tickets are a treat for a wide range of concert goers.
Battles received good reviews for full-length Mirrored album, which was recorded at Machines with Magnets by Keith Souza. Its first single Atlas was issued in 2007 in the form of a streaming audio while its accompanying video was released a week later. The song won the voting for Best Single of the Week in NME magazine, and alongside was given a scintillating review by British ClashMagazine while it was ranked on the first spot by the Dandelion Radio Festive Fifty. The group chose to play the track on the BBC show Later with Jools Holland later that year. Atlas has been used by numerous video game companies including Media Molecule’s game LittleBigPlanet which is available on PlayStation 3. The song was also played in Major League Baseball 2K8. Its video was featured among the videos of Warp Films screened in France at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in 2009. Oddly enough, Atlas also became popular on the in-flight radio of American Airlines while also being featured on the segment of Arto Saari in the skateboard video MindField of Alien Workshop.
Battles issued a video for the song Tonto for which they called in well-known lights artists of United Visual Artists. In the UK, advertisements for Honda and Audi, both featured tracks Atlas and Race: In, while Bad Trails was used in the movie BigFan. In addition, the 2009 movie AllTomorrow’sParties included their live performance on the song Atlas, which was recorded in mid 2007 at the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival which was held at the Butlins Holiday Camp in Minehead. Battles played their new track Sweetie andShag in Dublin at the end of 2009.
Battles’ tracks BadTrails and Leyendecker were used in an episode of UK teen special Skins, while TheLine made it to the soundtrack of Twilight Saga: Eclipse. In 2011, the band released their second album called GlossDrop which featured guest artists Yamantaka Eye, Kazu Makino, and Gary Numan, who previously played for the band Tubeway Army. After its release, the group announced a tour in spring that would promote the record. It was also chosen to curate AllTomorrow’s Parties festival called Nightmare Before Christmas that was held in England, along with two other curators, Caribou and Les Savy Fav. In 2012, the band released four EPs in a series that was titled Dross Glop, which is a spoonerism of their album title. These include dance remix version of GlossDrop songs by different artists such as Hudson Mohawke, Gui Boratto and Kode9. Battles tickets are up for grabs so hurry and get hold of them so you can be there for the new show in town.