“When you see a band you really like, the reason you really like them is because you wish you’d had that idea. And when I saw Battles I thought, “Damn! Why didn’t I think of that?”
Battles fan Brian Eno
You can often spot the best bands - the truly once-in-a-generation type - by their names
alone. The all time greats usually come ready made with nomenclature that encapsulates
their sound and ethos effortlessly.
BATTLES are no exception. They are a rock group locked in conflict with the very limitations of what it means to be a rock group; conducting an all out assault on mediocrity and waging a fearsome campaign against genre conventions and pigeonholes. Their sound is that of an elite guard engaging in a series of complex sonic skirmishes. This is the sublime noise of equally talented musicians pushed to their limit - as interested in conducting synchronized audio attacks and ambushes on the listener as they are on each other.
GLOSS DROP is an astounding album born from resolve and resilience. It features the UK’s
dark synth pop pioneer Gary Numan; Chilean born Kompakt minimal techno producer Matias
Aguayo; cult indie rocker Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead; and Yamantaka Eye, the messianic
dreadlocked front man of Japanese cosmiche future beat unit, the Boredoms.
“When we’re writing songs, no one in this group has ever said ‘Wait, we’ve gone too far. This isn’t a BATTLES song.’ Because what is a BATTLES song? We don’t know. All I know is that there are no parameters and no boundaries. That is the whole point and has been since day one.” Battles’ John Stanier, 2011
LISTEN TO 1ST SINGLE ICE CREAM (FEATURING MATIAS AGUAYO):