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Battles

Battles is a quartet comprised of drummer John Stanier of Helmet and Tomahawk, guitarist/keyboardist Ian Williams of Don Caballero and Storm & Stress, guitarist David Konopka of Lynx, and avant solo musician Tyondai Braxton. All members bring their honed-in angular math skills of past glory to Battles. The Tras and EP C EPs were both released in June 2004 on Cold Sweat and Monitor respectively. The B EP followed on Dim Mak in September 2004. The Atlas EP followed in early 2007, followed in turn by the band's proper full-length debut, Mirrored, in May 2007. In 2010, Braxton announced he was leaving the band to pursue his own solo work while the rest of the group set to work on a new record as a trio. The following year, Battles released their second full-length album, Gloss Drop. ~ David Serra, Rovi
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my favorite group making music now
So great
On Race:In...Ca n anybody say YES
Saw them live at the Black Cat in DC this Monday. They put on such a great show!
bromide01
Helmet was better.
John Stanier is THE man. Plus, he looks like Shooter McGavin. Can't beat that!
cowniew
Not bad musicianship at all. Would be nice if they had some occasional vocals and a little more variation to their sound, If they do I haven't heard it. By today's standards I think that this is pretty good material though. I think that this is what falls into the modern post rock instrumental genre. I wouldn't attempt to compare them to bands like King Crimson or Van Der Graff Generator. Just wouldn't be a fair fight.
Shame that they lost the vocalist.
<3 math
can't even overstate how great this really is
Not Ian though...he' s a saint. What could he have possibly done?
By the end of 2011 I hope to have a restraining order from everyone in the band (even Tyondai Braxton).
It's like returning to the womb
Oh sh**t!
at a Rite Aid near me they played Atlas off Mirrored and the customers couldn't believe their ears.
i think if you could make candy into a sound, it would sound like what battles does
is 3 years enough time to record a new album?
saw them live in central park for free. kicked the crowd's a**. stanier is the man
i loved this band ever since a gay guy came into my store all excitedly to give me their cd's. yeah, it was stealing, but it was the most worth it theft of that month. i steal a lot.
Just to settle it Battles > Don Cab. I like both bands, but dems the facts.
jwilsbacher
I like Radiohead and Battles, but similar...no . King Krimson is more similar to Battles than Radiohead.
super group!
john stanier is the tightest and tastiest percussionis t ever.
maybe. i get reaLLy stoned and i Like baTTles even better.
Pandora, Radiohead? Battles? Don't even put those 2 bands in the same sentence. Battles blows my minddddddddd d d d d .
all yalls need to do is see these badasses live. futurestic dance party. f**king amazing. and they make everyone who makes techno look like little sissy poon tangs cause they play the s**t with instruments and play it better and faster and with more soul. probably the coolest band ever. they own all asses
This band blows my mind
Race out is earthshatter i n g
ALL I KNOW IS THIS BAND ROCKS AT A TOTAL DIFFERENT LEVEL AND SPEED. THEY DO IT LOUDER, FASTER, AND CLASSIER. LIKE WHEN THE DUELING PIANOS GO OF IN ATLAS THAT IS SO SICK THEY PLAY A KEY AND A KEY
Way to substantiate your argument, blondles1. You make your point emphatically and vulgarly, therefore it must be true?
You must be f**king crazy pccstudio. Battles is the s**t, you don't know what the hell your talking about. I wish there were more bands out there that were as creative as Battles.
having a hard time getting excited about battles. I really want to, but so far, it's pretty meh.
It should be better
screamomar
yeah...the first few battles ep's were great. i saw them play in a few basements in new york city years ago. the full length was really dissapointin g .
ian williamson was better off with don cab...americ a n don was an incredible album, without which battle would have never happened.
unfortunatel y don cab is still touring, but they've reverting back to their early metal days.
If early Don Cab still blows your mind then you are clinging on to dated music and not paying attention to this important and amazing band.
rob.zebeck
this is a pretty cool band but if it blows your mind than you haven't heard much music

and i still say early Don Cab > Battles
May be the death of post-rock.
I hope they get extremely popular. It will give me back faith in popular music.

Won't get too popular, hopefully.
yea some of my brain got stuck to my shoe...it makes my mouth water.
Saw these guys live, they kick so much a**. Their drummer is like the second coming of Keith Moon and he plays a really f**king high symbol. Battles is really f**king amazing, if you havent seen them live, do it! You will have your mind blown off of it's hinges by the sheer power and complexity of the music. They are the gods of math rawk, they are the f**king gods of math rock!
Matt Vs Life says: 01-31-2008
Listen. And be prepared to scrape what was once your brain/craniu m off the ceiling, because BTTLS will blow your mind.
oh my.....
They are amazing.
Good stuff, definitely.
sounds cool, different, me likey
Listen. And be prepared to scrape what was once your brain/craniu m off the ceiling, because BTTLS will blow your mind.
I hate the term Math Rock. I think it should be Math Rawk.

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