We're not learning our major scales and trying to write songs at the same time. As a result, we have an understanding that allows us to bounce off one another with a fluent language that we all share

Tyondai Braxton,, 1 October 2007

Battles is an American experimental rock group, founded in 2002 in New York City by Ian Williams (formerly of Don Caballero and Storm & Stress). The current line-up is guitarist/keyboardist Ian Williams, guitarist/bassist Dave Konopka (formerly of Lynx), and drummer John Stanier (formerly of Helmet). Battles concoct a mix of strident post-rock/jazz/hardcore and electronics, the result lies somewhere in between electronic and rock.