I’d like to share a new musical discovery that I came upon recently — a New York band called Battles. I first heard of them while interviewing Jose Medeles for a podcast last November. Then, in the past few days, I chanced upon some of their videos on YouTube. Extraordinary stuff.
This video in particular blew me away:
I’m specifically blown away by drummer John Stanier. He plays with so much ruthless abandon, and he’s clearly well-schooled in all manner of drum corps-style snare-drum rudiments. And he doesn’t just play — he attacks.