Battles are not for the faint of heart. The three-piece band allowed us to photograph their sound check and the final show of their US tour.
The trio, John Stanier, Ian Williams and Dave Konopka, form Battles, who recently wrapped up the US leg of a world tour in support of their third album, La Di Da Di with a hometown show at Webster Hall in New York City. Brooklyn's Xenia Rubinos built up the experimental vibe in the opening slot but it was Battles that really proved visionary with their repetitive melodic structures and blockbuster bass lines. Their broad sonic collage drew from all their albums and meshed seamlessly into an awe-inspiring aurally destructive show that proves their music is a force unto itself.
Battles sound check:
Battles Tour Dates:
Sat, Nov 7 Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland (Iceland Airwaves)
Wed, Nov 25 Ex Theater Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan
Thu, Nov 26 Umeda Akaso, Osaka, Japan
Feb 1, 2016 Silo Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Xenia Rubinos Tour Dates:
Nov 10 The Greene Space New York, NY
Nov 13 Johnny Brendas Philadelphia, PA
Nov 22 Manhattan Inn Brooklyn, NY