In Don Caballero, Ian Williams examined King Crimson through a gargantuan math rock microscope. In Helmet, John Stanier crafted a soaring post-grunge power surge. In Battles, along with Dave Konopka and electronic maverick Tyondai Braxton, sporadic concrete interludes are sandwiched by glorious slabs of polyrhythmic insistence. A brief moment might suggest Bitch Magnet tackling Beefheart, and then the music belches gratuitously before flying off again in impossible combinations. Over 5 EPs on a range of US indie micro-labels, Battles display their transcendent compositional athleticism and assurance, the essential sonic dexterity of each member perfected in previous musical lives. Lauded across the States for their live prowess, Battles' appearance at version is among only the first handful of dates this side of the pond; rumours abound of recruitment to the stable of a notably warped UK label imminently.
Those of you who saw the film High Fidelity may have recognised Ian Williams looking geeky in the record shop for about 3 seconds max. There's no doubt the effect of witnessing Battles in full flow first hand will have a stunningly more profound impact.