The new, Tyondai Braxtonless Battles (Photo courtesy of Battles)
Started in 2002 in New York City, the prog-rock super group known as Battles blew into the public eye in 2007 with their debut LP Mirrored. At the time they were comprised of guitarists Ian Williams (formerly of Don Caballero and Storm & Stress), composer Tyondai Braxton, Dave Konopka (formerly of Lynx), and drummer John Stanier (formerly of Helmet). Braxton announced his departure in August of 2010 to dedicate more time to solo work. Now a trio, the group has a new album called Glossdrop to be released on the 6th of June, their second on experimental giant label Warp. They will also be curating ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas festival in Minehead, UK on Dec.9-11. Those tickets go on sale tomorrow.
Speaking of tickets going on sale, Battles will be at The Crocodile on May 5th and tickets go on sale at 2pm TODAY. Hit the link at the top when the time comes to snag your tickets fast because if you don’t, someone else will.
Glossdrop track list:
2. ICE CREAM (FEATURING MATIAS AGUAYO)
5. WALL STREET
6. MY MACHINES (FEATURING GARY NUMAN)
7. DOMINICAN FADE
8. SWEETIE & SHAG (FEATURING KAZU MAKINO)
10. ROLLS BAYCE
11. WHITE ELECTRIC
12. SUNDOME (FEATURING YAMANTAKA EYE)