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Hometown: New York City, NY (USA)


Battles is an American experimental rock group, founded in 2002 in New York City by Ian Williams (formerly of Don Caballero and Storm & Stress). The current line–up is guitarist/ keyboardist Ian Williams, guitarist/ bassist Dave Konopka (formerly of Lynx), and drummer John Stanier (formerly of Helmet). Following a string of EPs, the band released their debut album on the Warp Records label in February 2006,

Their first full–length album Mirrored, recorded by Keith Souza at Machines with Magnets, was released on May 14, 2007. The album received positive reviews and appeared on several top album lists for 2007. Battles' second album, Gloss Drop, was released on June 6, 2011 featuring guests including Gary Numan (formerly of "Tubeway Army"), Kazu Makino, and Yamantaka Eye, and the band announced a spring tour in support of the record. In December 2011 the band curated the All Tomorrow's Parties "Nightmare Before Christmas" festival in Minehead, England alongside co–curators Les Savy Fav and Caribou.

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Battles Gloss Drop


Gloss Drop (2011)


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Mirrored (2007)



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