Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Battles w/ Deerhunter @ South Street Seaport, Friday August. 31, 2007

Hooooooooooly shit Battles was good! I saw them a few months ago at the Bowery Ballroom, and they were good then, but this time they were unbelievable, 10x better. Their drummer is awesome. He doesn't play the drums, he attacks them, with deadly precision. His toms sound like gunshots. And their single "ATLAS" sounds like chipmunks marching to war. Ridiculous! At first I didn't really understand their band name but now I get it... They use layers upon layers of synchronized samples and effects to build a very rich, textured sound. They're one of those bands where you're like, "How the shit did they do that!?" Sometimes they play two instruments at once (keyboards and guitars), quite impressive. Definitely one of the best shows I've seen this summer (I'll probably do a top ten list sometime soon...) Opener Deerhunter was also good, playing sort of a heavy fuzzed-out pysch garage. But they couldn't touch Battles, not by a long shot.

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