Experimental rock group Battles released 'My Machines' on August 15th, 2011. Taken from their second studio album as the band's second single, it was released through Warp Records and features iconic 80's singer Gary Numan.
The humorous video for 'My Machines' focuses on a set of escalators. A man and his daughter walk towards them, only for the little girl to run up the escalator. The man follows after her but drops his bag. When he stoops to pick it up, he falls on the escalator and becomes stuck. While he is stuck there, the rest of the band appears alongside Gary Numan, playing the energetic song on their respective instruments.
Battles were formed in New York in 2002 and features Ian Williams and Dave Konopka on guitars and John Stanier on drums. Although their name may be unfamiliar to British audiences, Battles has had their songs 'Race: In' and 'Atlas' played in the second season of teen drama 'Skins'. The two songs were taken from their debut album 'Mirrored', which was released in 2007 to positive reviews from critics. Their songs have also appeared in other media, such as the video games 'LittleBigPlanet' and 'Major League Baseball 2K8' and the film 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'.
Battles will be touring the US, the UK and Europe throughout September, November and December. The dates are as follows:
09 Berlin, Germany - Berlin Festival
10 Haarlem, Holland - Stad Als Podium
15 Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
16 Leffinge, Belgium - Leffinge Leuren Festival
17 Tilburg, Holland - Incubate Festival
15 Paris, France, La Machine
16 Sheffield, UK, Plug
17 Newcastle, UK, Gateshead Town Hall
18 Liverpool, UK, Kazimier
19 Dublin, Eire, Button Factory
21 London, UK, Forum
30 Barcelona, Spain, Apolo
02 Bilbao, Spain, Caf' Antzokia
03 Porto, Portugal, TBA
05 Trezzo sull'Adda, Italy, Live Music Club
06 Frankfurt, Germany, Das Bett
08 Kortrijk, Belgium, TBA
9-11 Curating ATP Nightmare Before Christmas on
10th, Minehead UK
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