TITLE: EP C / B EP
YEAR RELEASED: 2006
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None
LINEUP: David Knopka, John Stanier, Ian Williams, Tyondai Braxton
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Complex, complicated, mostly instrumental experimental rock that utilizes loops, repeated patterns and effects.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The term ‘math rock’ is an interesting one (said in a Minnesota way), but it almost works for Battles. The band does take a cold and calculating view toward music and their work.
This is the compilation of two separate EP releases into one album, with no real duplication between tracks. Heck, no real titles for the most part either, with tracks name “B+T”, IPT2”, etc. The music is rigid at times, but complicated in its rhythms and patterns.
Battles is a band that is trying to challenge and push forward in their own style. This means it’s not always easy listening, nor compelling. But challenging is always good in of itself.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Both of the EPs were released in 2004, but I’m treating them as one release here.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B: I get what they’re doing. Casual fans may not want to dive in right here, but it is intriguing.