Battles is an experimental rock band, founded in New York City in 2002 by Ian Williams of Don Caballero and Storm & Stress. The group currently includes Williams on guitar and keyboards, Lynx’s Dave Konopka on guitar and bass, and Helmet’s John Stanier on drums.
In its first 10 years the band has gained international attention.
Atlas was featured in the Media Molecule’ video game LittleBigPlanet and appears on the soundtrack for the second season of Skins. In 2007 Battles was featured in UK’s The Skinny, where members spoke to the magazine about the making of Mirrored. The song Race : In and a remix of Atlas were used for car advertisements in the UK, Bad Trails was featured in the 2009 film Big Fan, The Line can be found on the Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack.
I enjoy Battles for the simple fact that they kind of remind me of Marilyn Manson meets MGMT meets Snoop Dogg. It’s dark, it’s light, it’s heavy and it’s a good time. At Bonnaroo, no one can take that away from me. You’ll never hear anything like it, so do yourself a favor, open your mind and check out a really good band. Addam claims that they have songs that are “very light, very happy and very awesome,” and they do, but I’m a fan of their darker stuff.
Battles is playing at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, putting them up against Flogging Molly and Trampled by Turtles. While we’d like to check out all three of the bands, Addam and I will probably spend the majority of our time at Battles, since we’ve really gotten behind the group since the lineup was announced.
- Mirrored (2007)
- Gloss Drop (2011)
- Dross Glop (2012)
Songs to Listen For:
Times at Roo: 1
Times I’ve Seen Them: 0
“Curious light projects these apparitions/In a slow dance/It beats like heart beats/Do they want to stay connected/To the solemn man.” — Battles, The Line, Eclipse soundtrack (2010).