Rated 5 out of
Amazing band! Drummer is a living machine, all round great performance.
Date published: 2016-03-26
Rated 3 out of
I've received about 6 emails asking me to write a review, but decided against it, however after this latest email I thought, oh, why not?
Firstly, Buke and Gase were excellent, I was one of the lucky few who was equally excited to see both bands, their performance was great, stripped back and excellent sound quality. Their new material is wicked, a delight to hear.
Then came Battles. I love math rock, I'm in a math band and wanted to see one of the best in the business do what they do. I got a disappointingly sloppy band, they opened with an out of tune, out of time Ice Cream, after three songs they finally found a good rhythm only for the snare drum to break. After the drummer spent 5 minutes replacing and tuning up the new snare some of the guitarists equipment stopped working, which took another 5 minutes to sort out. By this point they'd lost the crowd, we stood around waiting and losing interest quickly. Three more songs followed and all seemed well, until some random guy threw a beer at them and apparently messed up some of their equipment, they played a few more songs begrudgingly then left without doing an encore, the mood in the room was one of the worst I've ever seen at a gig. The beer throwing sucked, obviously, but it seemed to me like battles were uninterested from the moment they walked on stage. A huge disappointment from a band I love so much.
Date published: 2015-11-16
Rated 2 out of
They were very rough round the edges. They made their excuses at the beginning about it being the first date of the European tour.
Eventually somebody in the crowd slung a drink onstage, and that about wrapped it up. They didn't come back out for an encore.
Disappointing for a band who I've seen before who didn't come anywhere close to their usual standard.
Date published: 2015-11-15
Rated 4 out of
Fantastic Band, great venue
This was my second Battles gig and man, I nearly forgot how good they were! Great gig, a tad short but the intensity and the music was fantastic. And Electric Ballroom is a fine venue.
Date published: 2015-11-07