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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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  • 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 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
  • ArsonistSavior

    per Anthony Fantano's twitter, Ian wrote: "you guys, we’re gonna have a record done by july. whether it comes out in the fall or next january., I’m not sure"

    19 Feb 2:55am Reply
  • Evilninja1337

    @aintrad thats the video I would've suggested too. haha

    19 Feb 2:20am Reply
  • aintrad

    I don't know about you but this is just too addicting. Let me know if there's a better battles performance than this...

    16 Feb 1:46pm Reply
  • Rezzo64

    ...And I thought the Flaming Lips were a fun band

    2 Feb 8:59pm Reply
  • thekidwiththefa

    ie. whbo gives a fuckin darn if battles ends up being just john stanier missing his arms or 24 assholes i'm sure it'll be AT LEAST OK there we go stop talking about 3 and 4 deal with it

    18 Jan 7:46am Reply
  • thekidwiththefa

    i dunno buddy boy, i think that if 2 or 3 people can express a certain amount of sounds and moving (musical) parts within one song/rhythm, then good on them, they're capable of performing that music live. yes, one or two human components are removed, but that allows the other musicians to have a little bit more 'dabble' room due to those other human components absence. yes, its' different, but it's a trade off. go see a band like melt-banana or battles and you can see why.

    18 Jan 7:45am Reply
  • thekidwiththefa

    3 vs 4 what a deep philosophical question for a message board

    18 Jan 7:42am Reply
  • mahgeneration album? [2]

    15 Jan 11:46am Reply
  • Spoike

    Battles are objectively the coolest band to listen to while high

    14 Jan 3:40am Reply
  • Azuk4

    Like Fugazi,Tortoise... this band has a very upfront attitude.

    8 Jan 10:50pm Reply
  • papabuscemeys

    this is one fuck of a band to see live

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • muteoff

    @Cozfunkel -

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • muteoff

    Yes, a new album needs to happen. There doesn't seem to be much activity from the band lately though aside from some DJ sets earlier this year.

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • WSCERB album?

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
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