New York noise rock band Battles made their first Boston area appearance in 4 years on Wednesday night at Paradise Rock Club. The group are touring in support of their third studio album “La Di Da Di.” The mostly instrumental band took over a packed venue for over an hour, ratting off fan favorite tracks like “Futura” and “Ice Cream” as well as plenty of new material.
For both long-time fans of the band and new fans the night was filled with new live experiences and a chance to see some never before seen material, though when the group played their popular track “Atlas” it seemed as if the whole room came together as one to enjoy perhaps the group’s most commercially popular track.
Battles present as a three piece with no clear cut frontman, all 3 members line up equally on stage next to each other. Drummer John Stainer takes the center stage position with his wild drum kit that features what may be the highest hi-hat cymbal I’ve ever personally seen. The crowd was dancing and jumping around for the hour plus, even a few mosh pits opened up during the set. The energy on stage was exceptional, especially for a three piece band that also had several instruments they worked with throughout the set.
Opening the show was duo Buke and Gase, a Brooklyn indie duo who play instruments they created themselves, the “Buke” which is a six-string baritone ukulele and the “Gase” a guitar-bass combo instrument. Their 45 minute set was the perfect precursor to Battles set as the unique instrumentation was reminiscent of early Battles work.