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    Posted: October 21 2007 at 15:08
Apologies, even using the local search engine I can't find the original thread. However, I want to thanks those who were discussing Battles about 14 days ago: your comments caused me to go seek a copy of Mirrored. The CD arrived on Friday and it has been steadily played since. Other than jazz rock fusion, this is the best recommendation I've got from PA this year. Difficult to define - my daughter immediately loaded her Ipod with the music- urbane post rock (echoes of heavy machinery throbbing in background as the rhythmic underpinning), some moments reminding me of Philip Glass film scores (the web suggests math rock, although Battle s veer into minimalism I'm sure), the synthed voices at one point suggesting the Munkins (???) in Over The Rainbow, another vaguely like Devo, plus the sampling in real time, etc.. But definitely new to my ears, an exciting mix.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2007 at 19:14
I don't get this band, the "vocals" pretty much ruin it for me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2007 at 20:49
Originally posted by Bryan Bryan wrote:

I don't get this band, the "vocals" pretty much ruin it for me.


Try some of their earlier EPs, there are no vocals at all.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2007 at 23:20
I'll have to agree with Mr. Heath here, Battles are amazing.

Mirrored is my favorite album of the year so far. I had to admit that when I first heard it I hated it because of the vocals and the dance feel the album has from time to time, but after a few months I gave the band another spin and, bam!, instant love. I think that being a huge fan of Minimalism helped me a lot in liking them. Krautrock fans will enjoy them as well.

Bryan, the thing that helped me "get" them was this live video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PbYLafK1OU
Their music certainly looks more impressive here than in their album and it helped me appreciate them more.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2007 at 23:23
Originally posted by chamberry chamberry wrote:

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Bryan, the thing that helped me "get" them was this live video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PbYLafK1OU
Their music certainly looks more impressive here than in their album and it helped me appreciate them more.



wow...now that's a video LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2007 at 23:25
diggin' it so far..... 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2007 at 00:09
neat stuff... not sure if I ever buy anything by them, not exactly my style, ... but still watching the video after 45 minutes so that is worth a thumbs up past midnight here. Thumbs%20Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2007 at 19:20
^^^ At least you enjoyed them. That video is superb! The drummer, the beats, playing guitar with one hand while playing the piano with the other. Such energy...

Brilliant.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 23 2007 at 03:52
Give Don Caballero a listen, they were interesting too back in the day. I can't remember which members they share but there's a definite continuity, except that Don Cab sound a bit more like a conventional guitar-based math band.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 27 2007 at 12:23
Battles are great. That's all I can say at the moment. Don Caballero were also really great. I'm about to listen to a Helmet album now, their drummer is the one in Battles.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 27 2007 at 12:26
Originally posted by chamberry chamberry wrote:

^^^ At least you enjoyed them. That video is superb! The drummer, the beats, playing guitar with one hand while playing the piano with the other. Such energy...

Brilliant.



ahhh..missed this Ruben....

It really was energetic and fun to watch and listen to... as I said ... not exactly my style of music but very very good stuff.

That reminds me...I have something I've been meaning to send to you. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 29 2007 at 00:22
Originally posted by Philéas Philéas wrote:

Battles are great. That's all I can say at the moment. Don Caballero were also really great. I'm about to listen to a Helmet album now, their drummer is the one in Battles.
 
The one and only John Stanier...a HUGE influence on me when I was younger.He plays/played in Tomahawk too,which is one of Mike Patton's bands.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 11 2007 at 15:41
Who saw them on Jools Holland on Friday? Amazing stuff.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 11 2007 at 15:48
^^^^  I've heard that they played their single "Atlas". Sleeper was the one who told me in the Post-Rock/Metal thread.

Have you heard any of their releases?


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 12 2007 at 11:27
Originally posted by chopper chopper wrote:

Who saw them on Jools Holland on Friday? Amazing stuff.
 
Yes I saw them on that and they sounded pretty interesting, shame they only got to play one song. A band I'll be checking out more.
 
On the subject of that Jools Holland show I thought Richard Thompson was brilliant and Roisin Murphy has an incredible voice although not the kind of stuff I would usually listen too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 10:26
Exciting band exciting record. For those who are interested in math rock, check out some bands such as polvo, don caballero, Yona-kit and an early influence, the post punks Nomeansno. Definately math in my book.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 10:36
I am proud to announce to all of you that Battles have been cleared for addition by the Heavy Prog team, and our friend Ruben (Chamberry) will add them as soon as he's able to write a bio.Thumbs%20Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2007 at 12:21
Originally posted by goose goose wrote:

Give Don Caballero a listen, they were interesting too back in the day. I can't remember which members they share but there's a definite continuity, except that Don Cab sound a bit more like a conventional guitar-based math band.
 
recommend a couple of start point albums.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2007 at 12:25
I think this discussion should be moved now, since Battles were added yesterday by Chamberry.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2007 at 12:35
Good job.  Such an addition helps keep progarchives relevant, progressive, and interesting.

Battles has certainly grown on me.
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