Battles have announced their forthcoming release Juice B Crypts, will drop on October 18th via Warp Records. The album follows Gloss Drop, and La Di Da Di, the new full length is described as a sensory overload of information that throws everything you thought you knew about the storied art-rock supergroup into flux once again. The band’s redefined line-up of Ian Williams (keys, guitar, electronics) and John Stanier (drums) is at the core of the covertly named Juice B Crypts, which was produced and mixed by Chris Tabron (Trash Talk, Beyonce, Mobb Deep, Ratking). Along with the announcement of Juice B Crypts, Battles have shared “Titanium 2 Step” featuring No Wave legend Sal Principato from the iconic ’80s New York band Liquid Liquid.
This first offering is an homage to the city, resembling a lost New York classic. “We loved making this record in our hometown of New York and cannot be more pleased that Sal from Liquid Liquid is on the track,” explains John, “it could not have been more perfect”.
Ian Williams on Juice B Crypts:
“It’s about chord progressions, resolutions, returning home. Take that and throw it into a blender of modern electronic tools like glitching devices, or use melodic lines and take them and regurgitate them and pulverise the traditional stuff but at the same time try and retain harmonic relationships while completely smashing them up”. The album dives straight into Battles’ core sound with meticulously tight guitar loops and maverick levels of instrumental deconstruction and arrangement. “A Loop So Nice…” offers a peculiarly attractive hand up in to “They Played It Twice” featuring New York vocalist Xenia Rubinos, whose vocals resonate on a granular level, liberating the track. Full of surprises, Battles invite Taipei-based psychedelic band Prairie WWWW and Yes vocalist Jon Anderson to push vocals through the wire shaped gaps on “Sugar Foot”. Other guest vocalists, include Shabazz Palaces and tUnE-yArDs.
August 14 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
August 16 – Compton Martin, UK – ArcTanGent Festival
August 17 – Taranto, IT – Cinzella Festival
October 23 – Berlin, DE – SchwuZ
October 24 – Dublin, IE – Button Factory
October 25 – London, UK – EartH (Hackney Arts Centre)
October 28 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Gorilla
October 30 – Paris, FR – Le Trabendo (Parc de la Villette)
October 31 – Borgerhout, BE – TRIX
November 1 – Turin, IT – Club To Club Festival 2019
December 1 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
December 2 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne
December 3 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
December 4 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
December 7 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
December 8 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
December 10 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg
December 11 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall