The post-rock outfit's second LP features Matias Aguayo, Gary Numan and Boredoms' Eye on vocals.
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, Flyin.., Namura Zosenjo Atochi / Creative Center, Kansai Apr 03 Sonar Tokyo - Day 2, ageHa, Tokyo Apr 08 Motel Mozaïque Festival, TBA - Rotterdam, Rotterdam Apr 10 Battles, Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin Apr 11 Domino 10 - Battles, Dan Deacon, Oneohtrix.., AB, Brussels 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, The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto Apr 30 Battles, Lincoln Hall, Chicago May 02 Battles, The Echo, Los Angeles May 03 Battles, Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco May 04 Battles, Doug Fir Lounge, Portland May 05 Battles, The Crocodile, Seattle 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, Marseille Jun 02 Battles, Le Confort Moderne, West Jun 03 Battles, Concorde 2, South + East Jun 04 Battles, O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester Jun 05 Forbidden Fruit Festi.., Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin Jun 06 Battles, The Cockpit, Leeds Jun 07 Battles, The Arches, Glasgow Jun 10 Battles, FZW, Dortmund / Essen Jun 11 Battles, Feierwerk, Munich