This thread is for posting any news or information regarding the possibility of Battle's next release, it can be ANYTHING even just small little hints noted by the band members.
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Recent interview that was posted on Battles facebook page:
""I can say,” Williams says, “that I’m interested in the idea of doing all analog for the next thing. For the last record, I played with three laptops all the time. I’m finding a pure analog sound-stream to be sexy. That would be very liberating for me in some ways."
So I suppose they're going to begin writing the next record soon if not already..
I've read two other interviews that I can't find for some reason. One didn't list the member giving the interview but he said that the new album would feature just guitars (?) probably joking as it was given prior to the one linked above. The other one Ian just mentioned that he plans to use all analog keyboards, I think he said he's started using a Moog with some type of software arpeggiator. That already sounds awesome. Also said that they plan to release future material more frequently. I'd love some more EPs!
Thanks for the posts! I must say that their equipment is mystifying to me. I play the piano. Purely analog, LOL. So anything digital, I have no idea how they do it with all those synths and stuff. I look forward to whatever they come up with.
Ugh, I'm seriously dying for new details on whatever they're doing. I talked to Ian on facebook about a month ago and he said they were supposedly writing the new album, but I'd love to hear an actual tease from the band about it.
Oh I'd love to know what all Ian said!
Stanier is currently touring with Tomahawk til April so I guess they won't actually start putting the new album together until after then.
Looks like Tomahawk tour dates continue from June til September. Doubtful we'll see a new record this year.
Forgot to post this. Nothing new, just pestering about the new record.
What is it? The image doesn't work for me.
Sorry, had to send it from my phone.
Hi all. I've been skulking around this site on and off for a while now. Thought I would sign up and let you know, as per ian williams' twitter. The new record will be done by July and Warp will be putting it either in the fall or in january next year. He dosen't know yet. HOW FUCKING EXCITING. Also John Stanier gets married in June.
hi are there any album news??
cant wait for this.
I need a new Battles record in my life.
Hi all, Battles played a set of 100% live material in Poland last night. This will be their only 2014 live show. Anywho, here's a few links to bits and bobs I can find on all the usual social networks. They're all tiny and distorted snippets, but for those of us who are big fans (read, obsessed) they are a welcome treat - enjoy
I'll be posting whatever elese I can find here - https://twitter.com/CraigBainton
so feel free to follow.
You mean 100% new material? Wow I guess a secret show?
Surprised I'm not finding anything on YouTube. What's wrong with Polish fans, too excited to record full songs?
It wasn't a secret show no, it was Warp25. But yeah 100% all new material. New record early next year now i would assume.
Looks like some pro cameras were there, maybe we'll get some good footage eventually!
They're taunting us!!!
Haha the guys are nuts on this new album! Love it.
They're in the recording studio!
Spring 2015!!!! The new tracks sound awesome.
Never knew Ian had a cameo in High Fidelity!
Clite: Are you in the studio right now?
IW: We were in the studio all month last month in October up in Rhode Island, which is the same recording studio we’ve made all of our stuff at, Machines with Magnets and most of it’s done, except I have a bunch of little details to finish up here and there so I’m trying to sort of clean things up and make it sound the way I want it to sound and I’m just doing that at home. And then, I don’t know, it will be out in the spring, that’s all I know.
Clite: What’s the sound with the new one?
IW: What’s the sound? I guess it’s instrumental. It’s all instrumental and we’re just sort of making music that we want to listen to, that’s all. Which is a really simple way of putting it I guess, we’re not trying to please anyone with this record, just trying to please ourselves. Do I think that we did things right? Yes, but I don’t know if the rest of the world will think that, but I think that they’ll like it. We got the chance to play one show late September, this past September. It was the first time we had actually, when we made the previous record we hadn’t played live with any other material, so we had to sort of make the record in the studio and afterwards we had to figure out how to play it. This record, we actually had the chance to play it live on stage at least once, it was probably a pretty sloppy show, not that great, but it was sort of like we played all brand new songs on stage, and to actually stand in a room in a space together and play it, it’s a small accomplishment. So the fact that, going into the studio this time we sort of know how to play it this time, which is for the better because the thing that happens is, after you record a record then you get to play a lot of live shows off of it. After you’ve played the songs for like a year and a half on stage, you become so much better at it, and then you look back at what you recorded and you’re like “oh my god, it was so primitive when we recorded this and now it’s our show, playing it in such a better way.” At least we got play it once before we recorded.
Yeah he's in the record store in the background
we need a dancey emoticon!
I'm ready for a new record!
- 01. The Yabba
- 02. Dot Net
- 03. FF Bada
- 04. Summer Simmer
- 05. Cacio e Pepe
- 06. Non-Violence
- 07. Dot Com
- 08. Tyne Wear
- 09. Tricentennial
- 10. Megatouch
- 11. Flora > Fauna
- 12. Luu Le
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Pre-ordered the record and driving to Austin to see them. O happy day!
The press release describe it as “a mushrooming monolith of repetition” and “an organic techno thrum of nearly infinite loops that refuse to remain consistent.”
Pre-ordered record and CD. Bought tickets for Dallas and Austin, and backup for Philly, DC, and NYC. Not sure if I'll be moving to the East Coast this fall or not. Sucks that tix are will call only. I'll be losing money either way, but I didn't want to risk a sellout.
Just the ticket preorders are will call right? I was just going to get mine Friday morning from Mohawk's website.
I don't know...Maybe all ticket orders will be will-call. They're probably trying to fight scalpers. Some of the Brooklyn tickets (originally $20) are going as high as $180 now.
Alright I went ahead and ordered mine ha
In conjunction with Ableton, Battles have put together their mini-documentary ‘The Art Of Repetition’, a short film that joins Battles in their New York rehearsal space, studio in Rhode Island and on stage in Germany.
In ‘The Art of Repetition’, we visit the trio at their New York rehearsal space, join them at recording studio Machine With Magnets in Rhode Island as they record their new album, and accompany them onto the stage in Germany for an intense live performance. Along the way, we get an intimate look inside the band’s set-up, their unique methods of composing and, most interestingly, we get to know the three very different personalities that drive the band forward.
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Looking forward to seeing how DOT NET will sound in studio =D
Battles posted on Facebook:
We’ve been listening to these songs in preparation for La Di Da Di and tour. Some old favorites, weirdos & jammers. Playing over on Spotify here:
(I joined Spotify just to see the list, here it is in case you want to see but not join)
Any guess on the first single/video?
The production company CANADA is looking for extras for our upcoming music video, which will be shot in Barcelona August 8-10. It will be a lot of fun and we need as many people as possible. If you can make it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hola!! Desde la productora CANADA buscamos figuración para el próximo videoclip de Battles en Barcelona!
Necesitaremos cuanta más gente mejor, así que si quieres ver al grupo bien de cerca, mándanos un mail con tus datos personales a email@example.com y te explicaremos todos los detalles.
El rodaje se realizará entre los días 8 y 10 de agosto en la ciudad y alrededores. Muchas gracias!!
WATCH NYC LIVE SESSION
Watch Battles premiere four songs from their forthcoming album La Di Da Di in a specially recorded live session.
Filmed near the band’s rehearsal space in New York City, the band perform unique takes of new songs; The Yabba, Summer Simmer, Tyne Wear and Dot Com.
The film will be broadcast on loop for 24 hours at bttls.com tomorrow (4 August).
24hr broadcast starts at,
07:00 LA | 10:00 NYC | 15:00 UK | 16:00 EU | 23:00 JP | 00:00 AU (5TH)
Well I thought they might put the performance on Youtube after the 24 hour broadcast, but it looks like they only are making The Yabba available. In case you missed the broadcast, however, I did record it! The download link is below (1.35 GB).
inkybrown, you're a legend!
Amy you're awesome!!!!! Thanks for the vid
If you live in Liverpool you'll be able to listen to La Di Da Di early! (14 September).
new interview and album version of "The Yabba" up now on Rolling Stone
I have a feeling that'll be the first single/video.
apparently the album has leaked (bad quality) & I couldn't help but give it a few listens. After listening to it 3 times, my initial thoughts are it's another solid release.
Fav track(s): The Yabba, Dot Net, FF Bada, Dot Com, Megatouch, Flora> Fauna, Luu Le
Least Fav track(s): Summer Simmer
Anyway, I'm going to wait until my pre-order arrives before I give it anymore listens, which will be difficult but this record deserves to be experienced in high quality.
I never listen to leaks.
1) It is bad quality. I want to experience the album for the first time in good quality.
2) It disrespects the artists.
I can't think of any artist, except Battles, that I even like enough to listen to a leaked release from.
To your point:
1. I agree. Though for me, I listened to Gloss Drop 3 months prior to it's release and my opinion/listening only increased after hearing it in high quality. I doubt that will change with the new record.
2. I don't feel I've disrespected the artist. I support the artist. I've purchased every Battles release and have paid/will pay to see them live.
Like I said, I'm going to wait for the release to listen again...just wanted to share my initial thoughts on it.
What the album looks like inside:
I came! That looks so freakin good!!!!
The Yabba, official video: http://www.vevo.com/watch/batt...e-Yabba/GB5171500250
What do you guys think? I was so excited to see it in my feed! But I thought it was odd, not in a great way. I guess after the super creative videos from Gloss Drop I was expecting a higher production value, this seems like something a new band might put out. Was anyone bothered by them pretending to play on the concrete without their instruments plugged in anywhere? LOL. And what was the point of the footage of them in the house? I wanted it to be weirder I guess. Thoughts?
I don't have a passionate stance on music videos for or against but I enjoyed it as much as other Battles' music videos. I like the overhead rotating shots though they were dizzying.
Can't say I care if their amps aren't hooked up as they're basically there for visual purposes.
The dude turning in the green shirt LOL
I liked it.
It had a vibe similar to Ice Cream video but a bit more serious in tone.
I loved the fade to black then cut to the overhead shot.
All the spinning shots were cool, or should I say looping shots.
Amps/instruments not being plugged in has been going on in videos forever.
No big deal.
Footage of them in the house did feel a bit out of left field, but whatever
I love this band it was great.
Now I'm gonna go make some orange juice...
Full album stream from NPR ahead of official release.
Will you listen now or wait til you get the record?
Ugh. I don't know why they would do this. It is trendy I guess to stream the album ahead of time, but will it hurt or help the sales?
I think I will listen tomorrow, if it is good quality. I never listened to the leak, but if this is endorsed by the band (it must be) then I guess it is OK. Though I prefer to have the packaging in hand!
I love this video!
The performace shots are the highlights for me. They seem to really sum up the individual personalities of the guys. Dave is stylish, compact, workman-like, Ian is wonderfully expressive and a little flamboyant, and John is just sheer grim determination. i feel like I get a whole new perspective on the music from seeing this interpretation of its perfornance. Also, Ians little guitar flick move is super cool.
i have very good feelings about this record.
By the way, is that NPR link official or leaked?
Performance shots were the highlight of the video, especially with the psychedelic background video. Yes Ian was very flamboyant as usual.
NPR is definitely official.
I just listened to it, I said "fuck getting enough sleep"! lol.
I like it. I don't know if I miss vocals or not. This is definitely a new era. I like all the songs. Megatouch is reggae like they said! I can't wait to interview them!
Haha well It was official, and I used good headphones. During which I updated the band page with lots of new photos btw. I won't listen again until I have the CD in hand!
Very happy to hear all the crisp detail of the official release.
Great new album, especially when you get to know all of its subtle nuances.
I think it tops Gloss Drop for me!
I ordered through the ticket/album bundle, but I did not receive my copy today.
Guess I'll have to listen via spotify if I want to hear it today! Major bummer. I was looking forward to seeing the packaging in person today.
Same here. Ordered ticket/LP bundle. Hasn't arrived. So....went to local record shop and bought LaDiDaDi on compact disc!
I own everything else on cd and vinyl, so might as well add to collection.
Anyway the record does not disappoint.
The songs are great.
The drums sound fantastic. Like you're right in the room with him.
Production is top notch.
Ian and Dave are on a whole other level of awesome.
10 out of 10.
Good grief I'm so frustrated! I'm a person to whom packaging is very important, and of course I still don't have my record or my CD. Turns out if you got the preorder, you were sent an email with a voucher because you had to confirm your shipping address (stupid...I got my address right on the preorder). Well I didn't get the email. SO they haven't even shipped mine yet, and it ships from the UK. I was going to bite the cost and just buy another CD, but no stores in my town of 800,000 even sell it.
New interviews: (site has been updated with quotes, etc)
Chart Attack: http://www.chartattack.com/fea...-battles-make-sense/
"new music" by Battles
Excellent new audio interview with John. He discusses his musical upbringing and all the bands he's played with. Battles portion starts around 22:00.
In a rare segment he talks frankly about Ty's departure. It was not so amicable as the official announcement would have us believe (this confirms what Dave told me personally). I transcribed that part: "You were in this together... this was like this baby that we've all raised and now it's like this monster and we're finally making money and we're making a living and everything's great and this is gonna be the second record it's gonna be awesome and then one of the guys out of nowhere - while we're recording the record, mind you - literally leaves. Just, really, like you're not gonna give us...? It was just nothing, like "I don't wanna do this any more, bye." And he just left. ... It put is in an exremely compromising position where we absolutely freaked out because we're like "oh my god, now what are we gonna do?" But I think it was a blessing in disguise that we couldn't see right off the bat... in the fact that if we would've kept going the way we were going, it would've been a terrible, terrible record."
I bought the Japanese version of La Di Da Di so we could hear "FF Reprise", the Japanese bonus track. I put it on Youtube, listen now in case it gets deleted!
UPDATE: Warp Japan filed a copyright claim, the video has been blocked in all countries except Japan. What's the point of recording a song if it can only be listened to in one country?
That BBC radio interview is harsh! Ian and John basically say that Ty leaving was the best thing that ever happened to the band!
(interesting that they're all finally opening up about this)
I saved the audio from the interview and put it on YouTube, since the BBC program is expiring soon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HDjFbWRIow
Did anybody catch the band on Pitchfork Radio tonight? Unfortunately I didn't read twitter today until it was too late to catch it! Apparently at least Ian was interviewed for an hour or something?
I listened. It was great. Ian was interviewed and they played a bunch of cool weird songs he picked out. The highlight of the show was he played a recording of the argument with the guy upstairs from their practice space. Its really funny and gets a bit heated at times. I hope Pitchfork puts up the interview to stream because you gotta hear it!
Been looking all morning for a way to get FFA Reprise, but the only thing I've found is on Amazon Japan = /
UPDATE: Found it on Soundlike
Great! I had uploaded it to Youtube, but it was blocked in all countries but Japan!
just saw this on fb...cool part that didn't make it on to La Di Da Di
I tweeted Ian about this and he responded:
"Was promising at that point, true. sort of evolved from there though"
I saw that, but I didn't know if he was being serious! They have been so quiet on social media.