Published Jan 26, 2010Back in 2007, post-everything math rock foursome Battles blew minds and melted faces with Mirrored, their debut long-player. The album saw the band expand on the ideas first presented by '90s math rock into a genre and category truly its own. Now, nearly three whole years later, the band are finally at work on a follow-up album.
Speaking with NME, guitarist Dave Konopka said that the band have been writing and rehearsing in New York's Time Square. The bustling neighbourhood, known worldwide as a kitschy tourist hub, just might have some influence on the new songs.
"Where we are is really seedy," Konopka said. "It reminds me of old school Midnight Cowboy-era New York. Most of that area has been Bloomberged into consumerism, ESPN zones and Broadway shows, but on the outskirts there's little pockets of vice. We're playing right above a jack shop."
Little else is known about the album, though the band's John Stanier did drop some details to Pitchfork last summer. Right now, Battles are planning to enter the Machines With Magnets studio in Pawtucket, Rhode Island in the coming months.