Battles are Back with New Album and Mini-Doc


The band that blends techno, post-rock, and roguish experimentalism is making a mighty return. Battles, the trio that tramples over musical borders with impunity, is getting set to release its first album since 2011’s Gloss Drop. On September 18, Warp Records will unleash the band’s third album, La Di Da Di. A world tour that begins in Sicily on August 7 and doesn’t wrap up until the trio hits Reykjavik on November 7 is on its way as well. But in advance of all that, Battles is bringing us a little multimedia action in the form of a 17-minute video documentary that brings you inside the band’s world in an intimate way.

Battles: The Art of Repetition, directed by John Carluccio, will whet your appetite for both the new album and the tour by taking you everywhere the group goes. Over the course of the doc, you journey inside the recording studio with Ian Williams, John Stanier, and Dave Konopka, into the rehearsal studio as they work out their tracks together, and on stage, where their syncretic sound comes together in front of an enthusiastic audience. While you’re waiting for La Di Da Di and the gigs that go along with it, you can get a good, healthy dose of Battles from The Art of Repetition.