Battles do bleeps and clicks, angular style. - Oh My Rockness

Band We Like
November 15, 2006
Battles are so good it's sick. This supergroup features Don Caballero's former guitar god Ian Williams, John Stainer of Helmet, David Konopka of the highly-underrated Lynx, and Tyondai Braxton (whose split with Parts & Labor completely destroys). Together they create futuristic math-rock, complete with beeps, clicks and angular style.

There's some dub, some groove, some spazz-funk and a whole lot of jaw-dropping rhythm cut-ups. Battles rock to juxtaposing rhythms, staccato drums, female back-up choirs, loops, six-foot cymbals and beatboxes. Their coming out party consisted of three separate eps released on three different labels in roughly three weeks. These guys march to the beat of a different drummer. Good thing for us that drummer was in Helmet. Who could ask for anything more?

Battles open for Jamie Lidell at Webster Hall, on Saturday, November 18th.


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