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    Posted: April 20 2007 at 21:44
I am quite saddened by the lack of Battles on this site.
 
For those who do not know, the group is comprised of John Stainer (former drummer from Helmet,) Ian Willaims (former guitarist for Don Caballero,) Tyondai Braxton (son or nephew of avant-Jazz artist Anthony Braxton, not sure on which since I've heard conflcting reports,) and the former guitarist for Lynx, Dave Konopka.
 
The music is more or less rhythmic layering, where a rhtythm is introduced and more and more are added on top to create a fairly dense listening experience.  However, it all grooves, is very danceable (not that that's important, but if you want to go for it!) and all around a good, fun listen.
 
They've released three ep's and are releasing an album later this month.
 
 
go there for a few of the tunes, see a video and see what you guys think.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 20 2007 at 22:00
I'm a huge Don Cab fan and have been wanting to hear some Battles, so thanks for the taste, alan, looks like the EP C/B EP ones are good . Their sound is hard to place, maybe PostRock, though the 'ATLAS' track is more club music than prog. Good luck..

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 20 2007 at 22:50

Glad to hear you liked them man.  I've been on a big kick of these guys reccently, and can't get enough.  Waiting for Mirrored (new album) is so hard!

Sound-wise, I'd say they share alot more with the Math Rock crowd.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 20 2007 at 23:01

Great band,John Stanier was a big influence on me when I was younger and I when I first heard of Battles I was very excited to see he was in on it.They are pretty hard to pin down style wise.

Experimental Post Math Rock?Tongue

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 20 2007 at 23:21
I love Don Caballero, and Ian's guitar playing is awesome so I was pretty excited to see him doing something new, however sad that Don Cab was basically dead.  The new Cab album wasn't very impressive.  Granted Damon Che is a fantastic drummer, but the new guys don't have the feel and same oddness.  They seemed more straight metal players doing math rock. 

Anyways, the first time I heard Battles I wasn't impressed.  Then I heard the new single and I was hooked for life.  I've listened to it every week since.  Then I went out and got Ep B.  I can't wait for the album!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 21 2007 at 09:46
I'm glad to be getting such a positive response from everyone with these guys.
 
Bro, I'd suggest grabbing EP C as well.  It's just as, if not better than the B Ep.
 
Heck, get all their stuff, it's not a whole lot (unfortunatly.)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 22 2007 at 04:55
Originally posted by BroSpence

  The new Cab album wasn't very impressive.  Granted Damon Che is a fantastic drummer, but the new guys don't have the feel and same oddness. 


World Class Listening Problem is a great album, one of their best.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 23 2007 at 15:54
Well, Mirrored finally came out, and it's every bit as good as I thought it would be.
 
We really need to get these guys onto the site.  Anyone know how to?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 23 2007 at 17:50
Well you've come to the right place. They will be added to the list from here when Mystic Fred picks this up.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 23 2007 at 20:44
Really? that's awesome!  If there's anything they need help with I am more than willing to help out.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 26 2007 at 16:56
Can't say I like them much (assumption based on Mirrored only), but they definitly have quality to increase the ranks of Experimental/Post-Rock.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2007 at 00:41
Originally posted by TheProgtologist

Great band,John Stanier was a big influence on me when I was younger and I when I first heard of Battles I was very excited to see he was in on it.They are pretty hard to pin down style wise.

Experimental Post Math Rock?Tongue

Pretty much, although Math rock as a genre apart could be nice...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2007 at 01:09
I enjoy them quite a bit, but the music isn't as dynamic as I like it to be.  Some of their song sections go on for a bit longer than "necessary."
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2007 at 01:24
Originally posted by el böthy

Originally posted by TheProgtologist

Great band,John Stanier was a big influence on me when I was younger and I when I first heard of Battles I was very excited to see he was in on it.They are pretty hard to pin down style wise.

Experimental Post Math Rock?Tongue

Pretty much, although Math rock as a genre apart could be nice...

Yes. Yes it would.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2007 at 01:40
I remember already checking this band for Art Rock (there was a thread containing many bands and suggestions), and didn't like them or found them progressive enough. Atavachron on the other hand likes the band and may want its addition.

Of course, if the Experimental Team decides checking it up for their genre, that's out of Art Rock's league.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 08 2007 at 18:46
Shocked The fact that Battles isn't on this site is ridiculous.

These guys may be math rock, but so are Dillinger Escape Plan, so what the hell are they doing here then?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LLAN29W-4w


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 08 2007 at 20:37
Battles are much more than a math rock band...

They do deserve to be here in PA, but at the moment it's quite hard to put them under one of the existing genres in PA.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 08 2007 at 21:43
I have no doubt Battles will eventually be here...  if no new Avant categories emerge, they could still be put in either Avant or PostRock (at times they remind of Tortoise but with a more minimal sound and heavier guitar)


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 09 2007 at 00:30
I think I may of heard their stuff, does it sound a bit like ELP?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 09 2007 at 00:33
Certainly for adding them, Mirrored is a great, progressive album. Excellent use of sound, timbre, and experimentation.
With the limited genres, I'd probably say Experimental/Post Rock would suit them well because most bands similar to them on PA are there.
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