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New York City (2002 – present)

Battles is an American band that formed in New York City in 2002. The group is composed of drummer John Stanier (of Tomahawk and formerly of Helmet), guitarist/keyboardist Ian Williams (formerly of Don Caballero and Storm & Stress), guitarist Dave Konopka (formerly of Lynx), and, until August 2010, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Tyondai Braxton (son of Avantgarde Jazz musician Anthony Braxton).

Battles released three EPs in 2004, each on a different record label (Cold Sweat, Monitor and Dim Mak). These were rereleased on the influential Warp label in 2006. Preceded by the Atlas EP ( “single of the week” in NME), and with hype building, the LP Mirrored was released on the 14 May 2007 to widespread critical acclaim.

Among the many positive reviews, the album received a score of 9.1 in a Pitchfork Media review and a glowing write up in the UK’s Clash Magazine, where comparisons were made to Glitter Beat. The band scored its first UK cover feature in May 2007, talking to Plan B Magazine about the making of Mirrored.

Drummer John Stanier’s yellow Tama drum kit is defined by an extremely high Zildjian K ride cymbal. He believes the ride cymbal is overused in drumming, so he wanted to make it more of an effort to play it. He has to jump up from his drum seat to hit it during live performances.

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  • Primitive3D

    No use arguing over which album is better, they're both amazing. Now what we need is a new one. I expect another one in 2015, to continue the tradition of four years of painfully waiting.

    26 Aug 4:36pm Reply
  • Hebus1

    I can't find the lyrics anywhere :(

    17 Aug 12:44pm Reply
  • faithlessss

    24 Jul 10:31pm Reply
  • Bequeathed

    I love Battles.

    13 Jul 4:45pm Reply
  • RIPcamp

    Where's the new album boys [2]

    11 Jul 10:12am Reply
  • n0umena

    The EPs are still the best material, followed by Mirrored, but Gloss Drop is not nearly as bad as I initially thought. Have really been enjoying it this week. Great sunshine music.

    6 Jul 4:22pm Reply
  • CatalystDM

    T(y)on(da)i Braxton

    30 Jun 11:46pm Reply
  • CatalystDM

    @BertEngle wow u are being pretty hard on the other dudes in Battles, what did they do to you? Plus, it's pretty widely known that Tyondai left Battles because he realized he had to follow the Braxton career path of going solo once your band achieves a modicum of success

    30 Jun 11:46pm Reply
  • BertEngle

    Still doesn't compare to heyday Battles live performances but at least the man's moving on and exploring new things as opposed to his former bandmates who have kinda just complacently settled into a "Battlesesque" version of an indie rock band

    29 Jun 4:47am Reply
  • BertEngle

    You guys realize that Gloss Drop is just a shell of the genius of Mirrored? I.E nowhere near as complex or original and simply trying to emulate the propulsive vivacity that they once possessed.. probably why Tyondai left and went on to explore the far-out and challenging beauty of futuristic musical landscapes such as this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cfubb0PutYc

    29 Jun 4:45am Reply
  • mahgeneration

    vv Exactly, makes perfect sense...i swear.

    28 Jun 10:39pm Reply
  • WSCERB

    Where's the new album boys

    20 May 9:30pm Reply
  • andover

    It doesn't matter, but yet you wonder why people don't realise it's superior? Righto.

    6 May 3:59am Reply
  • mahgeneration

    When will people realise that Gloss Drop is the superior album? They're both fantastic so it doesn't really matter but still.

    27 Apr 1:26am Reply
  • CadenMoran

    goyim need 2 drop there shit and here #one box office hit BATTLE yes make way for CADEN MORAN

    3 Apr 1:04am Reply
  • dr_bun

    such a shame that gloss drop was nowhere near as good as mirrored

    23 Mar 6:49pm Reply
  • Rezzo64

    Dude have you even been to Bjork's page for more than 30 seconds? Main picture there wouldn't stay still if last.fm was narrowed down to 3 active members

    17 Mar 10:17am Reply
  • sharebright

    everytime someone changes the main pic, in a few hours this b&w shitty pic comes again. someone with ten thousand accounts keep putting it back. where's democracy?

    7 Mar 6:43pm Reply
  • TheMukeyM

    parts of gloss drop are far better than mirrored but parts of gloss drop are far worse than mirrored FACT

    23 Feb 2:49pm Reply
  • mahgeneration

    AOTY 2014-2015 confirmed

    19 Feb 8:53am Reply
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