The post-rock outfit's second LP features Matias Aguayo, Gary Numan and Boredoms' Eye on vocals.
The second album from Battles is called Gloss Drop, and will come out this summer on Warp Records.
A lot has happened since we last heard from Battles–namely, the departure of Tyondai Braxton, who reportedly split from the band in the middle of a recording session last summer. Braxton's role was always dynamic (he tended to jump around between guitar, electronics and a rack of various pedals), but he also posed as the group's lead singer. To fill in the gap, the three remaining members have enlisted a cast of guest vocalists, including Gary Numan, Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead, Yamantaka Eye of the Japanese group Boredoms and Kompakt's Matias Aguayo. In a recent interview with Pitchfork, guitarist Dave Konopka described the album thusly:
"There's a good spectrum–some shorter songs, some poppier songs, some total rock songs, some more out-there songs, some manic songs, a semi hip-hop-vibe song."
Battles are currently gearing up for a full blown world tour. Starting in Osaka next month, they'll hit more than 20 dates around Asia, Europe and the US, including slots at SonarSound and Primavera Sound Festival.
02. Ice Cream feat. Matias Aguayo
05. Wall Street
06. My Machines feat. Gary Numan
07. Dominican Fade
08. Sweetie & Shag feat. Kazu Makino
10. Rolls Bayce
11. White Electric
12. Sundome feat. Yamantaka Eye
Warp Records will release Gloss Drop on June 6th, 2011.
- Apr 01 Battles, Flying Lotus, an.., Creative Center Osaka, Kansai
- Apr 03 Sonar Tokyo - Day 2, ageHa, Tokyo
- Apr 08 Motel Mozaïque Festiva.., Rotterdam City Centre, Rotterdam
- Apr 10 Battles, Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin
- Apr 11 Domino 10 - Battles, Dan Deacon, Oneohtrix .., AB, Belgium
- Apr 12 Battles, Mi Ami, and More, l' Aéronef, North
- Apr 20 Battles, ICA, London
- Apr 26 Battles, Brighton Music Hall, Massachusetts
- Apr 27 Battles, Le Poisson Rouge, New York
- Apr 29 Battles, Horshoe Tavern, Toronto
- Apr 30 Battles, Lincoln Hall, Illinois
- May 02 Battles, The Echo, California (South)
- May 03 Battles, Bottom of the Hill, California (North)
- May 04 Battles, Doug Fir Lounge, Oregon
- May 05 Battles, The Crocodile, Washington State
- May 25 San Miguel Primavera Sound Fe.., Poble Espanyol, Barcelona
- May 27 San Miguel Primavera Sound Fe.., Parc Del Forum, Barcelona
- May 28 Kilbi 2011 with Battles and More, Bad Bonn, Switzerland
- May 31 Battles, Espace Julien, South East
- Jun 02 Battles, Le Confort Moderne, West
- Jun 03 Battles, Concorde 2, South + East
- Jun 04 Battles, O2 Apollo, Manchester, North
- Jun 05 Forbidden Fruit Fest.., Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Ireland
- Jun 06 Battles, The Cockpit, North
- Jun 07 Battles, The Arches, Scotland
- Jun 10 Battles, FZW, Dortmund / Essen
- Jun 11 Battles, Feierwerk, Munich