BATTLES PREMIERES VIDEO FOR “MY MACHINES” FEAT. GARY NUMAN FROM CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED GLOSS DROP

Battles is currently premiering the video for “My Machines” which features synth-pop pioneer Gary Numan. A collaboration with The Creators Project’s The Studio, which produces and distributes works from artists representing a cross-section of creative disciplines, the video can be viewed and shared at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkgQ88G8Hj8.

“My Machines” is available as a 12” colored vinyl single via Warp Records; the printing is extremely limited due to the recent Sony DADC warehouse fire in the U.K. The track—off of the band’s critically acclaimed sophomore record Gloss Drop (available now via Warp Records)—has been hailed by SPIN as “a triumphant moment, an experimental outburst both ingenious and accessible.” Numan notes that “working with Battles was an easy choice for me. They have a unique approach to making music and a clear idea of what they want. They are inventive, adventurous, unpredictable and I’m proud to be involved.”

Gloss Drop has received praise from the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, Washington Post, and Pitchfork, among many others. NPR’s “Fresh Air” called the record “one of the oldest fascinations of rock ‘n’ roll: You don’t quite know what it is, but you like it,” while Filter proclaimed the record “…as delightfully fucked up as it is musically seamless.” USA Today posited, “This shrewd and vigorous follow up to 2007 debut Mirrored finds Battles winning the war against convention.” Upon the album’s release the band performed “Futura” on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” which prompted ?uestlove to hail the band saying, “They’re a living car chase scene from an updated “Streets of San Francisco” sequel. Yikes!” The group is set to embark on an extensive tour this fall, see below for a list of confirmed dates.

In addition to Numan the three-piece outfit collaborates with guest vocalists on the record including 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.

Battles came together in New York in 2002 drawing together disparate strands of hardcore, avant-garde tonal minimalism, neo-classical, techno and post rock featuring drummer John Stanier (Helmet), guitarists Ian Williams (Don Caballero) and Dave Konopka (Lynx) and Tyondai Braxton. After a string of EPs, the group signed to Warp and released their debut Mirrored in 2007. Recorded during the winter of 2009 at Machines with Magnets studio in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Gloss Drop was initially recorded with Braxton but he later departed. With completely reworked tracks minus Braxton, Battles offers Gloss Drop.

Launched in 2010 by Vice and Intel, The Creators Project is an ongoing global initiative dedicated to supporting artists in realizing their creative visions through technology. The project includes an online community, a content creation studio, and a global event series. The project unites a vast collection of artists, designers, musicians, and filmmakers who are using technology to push the bounds of creative expression. To date, there are more than 150 Creators involved, hailing mostly from seven countries (United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Brazil, South Korea and China) along with other artists from around the world.

BATTLES TOUR DATES

October 1 Asbury Park, NJ All Tomorrow’s Parties

October 2 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub

October 3 Montreal, QC Le National

October 4 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre

October 5 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop

October 6 Pittsburgh, PA VIA Festival

October 7 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre

October 8 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café

October 10 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room

October 12 Seattle, WA Neptune

October 13 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom

October 15 San Francisco, CA Treasure Island Festival

October 16 Pomona, CA Glasshouse

October 17 Los Angeles, CA Mayan Theater

October 18 Scottsdale, AZ The Venue

October 20 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s

October 21 Austin, TX Emo’s

October 22 Dallas, TX Grenada

October 24 Nashville, TN Exit In

October 25 Birmingham, AL Work/Play

October 26 Tampa, FL Crowbar

October 27 Miami, FL Grand Central

October 28 Atlanta, GA Masquerade

October 29 Ashevill;e, NC Moogfest

October 30 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club

October 31 Philadelphia, PA Theater of the Living Arts

November 1 New York, NY Webster Hall

Official site: http://bttls.com

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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