There’s a Demetri Martin joke that goes: “One time I was riding the escalator and I tripped. I fell down the stairs for an hour and a half.” Maybe the guys from Battles have heard that one before. Their new video for “My Machines” is about a guy in just those circumstances, tumbling end over end for a good four minutes straight. Battles, who brought in Gary Numan to guest vocal on the track, just stands by and watches the guy tumble—maybe he owed the band money.
It’s good to see Numan out and about; as we reported earlier, he’s got a fall self-release coming up in October. “My Machines” appeared on Battles’ Gloss Drop, released this June, and Numan has noted his approval of the band, calling Battles, “inventive, adventurous, unpredictable” and the collaboration something with which he’s “proud to be involved.” If you’re familiar with Battles at all you’ll hear this track and recognize its watermark. The group’s precision is uncanny, John Stanier’s drums amazing and Numan’s vocals the icing on the cake. The band finds itself in a deep groove on this one—we’re talking Mariana Trench here, as the bass line alone is pure menacing hypnotism.
The video comes to us from the Creators Project, which uses technology to assist artists in pushing forward their creations and collaborations. Director duo Daniels (they’re both named Daniel) was brought in to work some movie magic. The two have made videos for Chromeo and Manchester Orchestra and are known for the slightly off-kilter twist they bring. There’s definitely nothing normal about this escalator ride, as it starts out laughable—dude, just stand up—but turns disturbing when the poor schlub starts bleeding.
Warp has released “My Machines” as a 12” colored vinyl single, and due to the recent U.K. warehouse fire, these discs will be very, very rare. Glue your hands to one if you get the chance. Battles will be touring this fall in continued support of its sophomore release. Check out the tour dates below.
Tour Dates For Battles:
10/01 – Asbury Park, NJ – All Tomorrow’s Parties
10/02 – Boston, MA – Royale Nightclub
10/03 – Montreal, QC – Le National
10/04 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/05 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
10/06 – Pittsburgh, PA – VIA Festival
10/07 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
10/08 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café
10/10 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
10/12 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
10/13 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
10/15 – San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island Festival
10/16 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
10/17 – Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theater
10/18 – Scottsdale, AZ – The Venue
10/20 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
10/21 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
10/22 – Dallas, TX – Grenada
10/24 – Nashville, TN – Exit In
10/25 – Birmingham, AL – Work/Play
10/26 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar
10/27 – Miami, FL – Grand Central
10/28 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/29 – Asheville, NC – Moogfest
10/30 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
10/31 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater Of The Living Arts
11/01 – New York, NY – Webster Hall