Posted in music on August 6, 2010

Battles

We previously speculated that Battles canceled their October 26th show at LPR to finish work on their new album. It turns out, they are still finishing the album, but without member Tyondai Braxton, who has left the band to work on his own music. As Pitchfork points out, Battles will now "be a very different band" since he "was the closest thing the egalitarian unit had to a frontman." The October show in London has also been canceled.

The full note from their label Warp on the news is below...

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Note from Battles at Warp Records

"Battles and Tyondai would like to let their fans know they have chosen to follow their own musical paths.

Due to Battles' ambitions of finishing their second studio album followed by commitments to a full touring schedule in 2011, and Tyondai's own commitments as a solo artist and his desire not to tour, both Battles and Tyondai have decided to move on without each other.

It is a sad but amicable split.

Battles wishes Tyondai all the best"

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Comments (59)

replacement ideas:

Zay Tonday
Toni Braxton

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 2:34 PM

wasn't he "the band"?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 2:35 PM

FUCK. While this at least justifies the LPR cancellation, it's still a shame.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 2:37 PM

they had a song on the twilight soundtrack-sounded like it was all tyondai and it sucked

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 2:37 PM

I love the idea of Toni Braxon. Brilliant. That would 100% be awsome!

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 2:37 PM

Ty's solo stuff is phenomenal

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 2:37 PM

wow.... does this mean they can't play, like, HALF of "Mirrored" anymore?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 2:38 PM

jeez..without the "people won't be people" part of that song it's just a bunch of stuttering machinery

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 2:41 PM

people with egos suck

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 2:44 PM

Unbreak my heart, say you'll love me again. Undo this hurt you caused when you walked out the door, and walked out of my life. Uncry these tears, I've cried so many nights...

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 2:47 PM

What does this have to do with the Arcade Fire concerts?!? I'm still stroking my boner...

Posted by M | August 6, 2010 2:51 PM

meh-rrored

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 2:52 PM

So they had a song on Twilight? I wonder how they split up that money?
Maybe it was enough to retire, or quit touring.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 2:59 PM

replacement ideas:

Malcom Gladwell?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 3:00 PM

replacement ideas:

that guy who hangs out shirtless on the Bedford L platform and wears the pleather shorts on his head.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 3:02 PM

i'm pretty sure 'Tyondai' is a made-up name anyway and people like that should never join a band in the first place.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 3:04 PM

battles was so much better of a band before tyondai picked up the mic. those first few instrumental eps are their best work. it will be interesting to see what direction they take now.

Posted by cranky | August 6, 2010 3:11 PM

maybe Archie Shepp's got a kid who is currently free...

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 3:14 PM

love the sumperimposing of a green X over the image taken from pitchfork.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 3:15 PM

3:11 is correct. It's okay for everyone to admit now that the Munchkin voices were terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 3:16 PM

personally stoked for post-Tyondai Battles. maybe they can get a Hyundai to replace him on stage.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 3:20 PM

Maybe Ian Williams will reform Don Caballero.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 3:23 PM

3:04 "i'm pretty sure 'Tyondai' is a made-up name anyway and people like that should never join a band in the first place."


You don't know his dad?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Braxton

"Tony" Braxton


Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 3:40 PM

Battles was a band of showoffs who made technically proficient but ultimately soulless music.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | August 6, 2010 3:46 PM

he's leaving to reissue "chocolate rain"

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 3:48 PM

I only wish @3.23, Don Cab was one of the best live bands ever.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 3:54 PM

@ 3:23

That would be the only good that can come out of this.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 3:54 PM

3:46 is pretty accurate. I saw these guys at Webster Hall and (and I don't do this often) left mid-set. There's a lot going on in their music but nobody really bothered to make it sound good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 3:57 PM

3:46 and 3:57 got it. Always felt these were the indie-approved version of technical metal for 22 virgin wankers.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 3:58 PM

3:23, 3:46, and 3:57 Seconded. Motion goes to a vote?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 4:07 PM

Was at Webster hall show too. Also left mid set.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 4:09 PM

ms paint fill on the pitchfork graphic. stay classy BV

Posted by Dan K. | August 6, 2010 4:18 PM

So we are all agreed? Anybody got a hot tip on what out there we should listening to instead?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 4:27 PM

I love the trolling. Why would you waste your time posting in this article if you dont even like Battles. Sure, it can be rather inaccessible, but they were a great band. I can imagine that the music they made would be pretty tough pulling off live, so the live reviews are fair. I saw them at Summer Stage. That venue sucks and I just chalked it up to the shitty sound system. I didnt think Battles were ever meant to appeal to the shallow music fans that only appreciate 3 minute pop songs with obvious hooks. I do have to agree though that the first 2 EPs were their best work. I'd like to see them move in that direction again.

Posted by Sean | August 6, 2010 4:32 PM

346 is going through AF treacle withdrawal

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 4:36 PM

they should tour with Don Caballero and Unsane

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 4:38 PM

Atlas might be the most disturbingly annoying song I have ever heard in my entire life. It literally sounds like what it what sound like if Aliens were attacking and trying to destroy the human race using sound waves. F'ing awful music.

Call me crazy, but I like to understand lyrics, and I like them even better when they tell a story. I know that's old-fashioned and all, but for fucks sake, this music is just noise.

Posted by The Mighty KC | August 6, 2010 4:45 PM

Awesome, now Ian Williams can steer this ship in the right direction.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 4:45 PM

i'm sure battles will still sound great

@ 4:45, the sound of what Aliens attacking sounds pretty awesome to me, you sound like you have some pretty tepid taste

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 4:52 PM

No Don Caballero is not getting back together being that Che the drummer started a different version and it leans metal unlike their previous prog take on things.
Don Caballero live for What Burns Never Returns were great shows. Even at the end when it was three piece.

Its refreshing to see some critical but intelligent comments, not that its sometimes warranted to point out too much rock star ego though with some bands.

Posted by Zay Tonday | August 6, 2010 4:52 PM

@ 4:45, You're crazy. Is there anything about Battles that you like? Whats that? I think your long neglected creative side is calling. Time to put the Yes albums away.

Posted by anon | August 6, 2010 5:06 PM

John Stanier could kick all of your asses.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 5:06 PM

Time for John to rejoin Page for the new Helmet album?

Posted by Anon | August 6, 2010 5:08 PM

Battles isn't bad because they're noisy/atonal/whatever, I love that kind of shit, they are just a very tepid and willfully obnoxious version of that kind of music. They were never taken seriously in the legit improv/noise/post-rock instrumental scene (see also: Explosions In The Sky) and only got signed to Warp due to Braxton's nepotism cred. Seriously, get over it if you're butthurt about them breaking up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 5:11 PM

Has anyone ever see this band smile??

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 5:24 PM

"They were never taken seriously in the legit improv/noise/post-rock instrumental scene"

lol, isn't that scene full of no-nothing dipshits anyway?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 7:07 PM

"They were never taken seriously in the legit improv/noise/post-rock instrumental scene"

lol is this like you and a couple of your friends who live at silent barn?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 7:45 PM

lol the silent barn

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 9:25 PM

5:06 comment about Stanier is on point.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 11:18 PM

Battles is Stanier's band, man. My reconstructed/imagined narrative of the situation has Stanier as a total joyless tyrant. Maybe it's what makes him such a beast on the kit. Williams and The Other Guy seem like they're in it for the ride, but I think Tyondai's experimental can't-pin-us-down sensibilities have always clashed with Stanier's rock-band technical proficiency shtick.

Take a look at this 2006 interview with the band. (http://j.mp/9qBXQw) Trust me, there are like 5 or 6 crazy moments that incentivize watching this (including one where The Other Guy has a freakout upon identifying a far-off billow of white smoke as a "ghost"). But skip to 5:41 for an exemplary seedling of the Stanier-Braxton war, foreshadowing the mighty oak that it now has become.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2010 2:51 PM

When Tyondai was in Battles, the number of nice, cool people in the band was 1.
The number now is 0.

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2010 12:58 PM

battles is a pop band

tyondai is a serious musician and composer

he shouldn't be wasting his time with a band who's biggest fans attend to lollapalooza

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2010 1:25 PM

HA yeah fuck them. I'm rolling in the hate.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 1:05 AM

12:58 not sure if you ever actually talked to those guys...I met them after a show in NYC and they were almost shockingly down to earth and friendly.

but really who cares if they're "nice" or "cool"? it's about the music. curious to hear what direction they will go in now.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 10:53 AM

But what will people who can only like bands that are "diverse" do now??!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 7:30 PM

The Mighty KC: The Steve Miller Band and Journey concert is down the hall and to the left.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 7:32 PM

"Battles was a band of showoffs who made technically proficient but ultimately soulless music."

stop trolling, thier music wasn't souless, it get into most visceral parts of my brain and makes me feel more alive...

The first time you hear atlas it feels annoying but, when you learn to feel the interaction between the instruments and the voice, with is and interaction between seriousness and quirky ness, when you learn to understand and acheive to go out of the initial WTF, that is when you discover atlas is a masterpiece, you just have to give it a chance, at first i didn't like it

Posted by sebastian | September 2, 2011 12:01 PM

I love Battles lyrics...I sing them whenever I do karaoke!

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:16 PM

Toni Braxton had that song "Breath Again" That was the summer jam of 94!

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:35 PM

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