ATP AP Day 2: Battles’ Sound Is Drowned In Convention Hall

Photo by Chris Rotolo (Battles @ ATP AP)

The New York City-based buzz band, Battles, is responsible for one of SIMGE’s favorite records of the year with Ice Cream, namely for its inclusion of the title track and, in my opinion, the Song Of The Summer, both of which will undoubtedly land on various end of the year lists, a guarantee that has apparently made the Math-Rock outfit “too cool” for the hipster elite, who failed to come out in the droves anticipated, and in turn having more of a negative effect on the show than anyone could expect.

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Asbury Park’s famed Convention Hall planks have played host to legends…hell, The Boss preps there for world tours.  But these days, the room is mainly used for Roller Derby matches.  It’s not the ideal concert space, and when the room isn’t filled to capacity, sound waves careen out of control, bouncing off walls, ceilings, and empty seats like a six year old trippin’ on pixie sticks.

That was the situation during Battles set.  Dual keyboard cruiser and six-string bandit Ian Williams crushed series of riffs and then had to duck them as they bounced back at his face.  The acoustics ruined this show, which was the biggest disappointment of the weekend.

Battles Setlist:

  1. Africastle
  2. Sweetie & Shag
  3. Dominican Fade
  4. Atlas
  5. Wall Street
  6. Tonto
  7. Ice Cream
  8. Inchworm
  9. My Machines
  10. Futura
  11. Sundrome

About rote7123

Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a degree in Communication Studies. He has held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet's Arts & Entertainment section, and has contributed to The Aquarian Weekly all while being the sole operator of Asbury Park's premier music news outlet Speak Into My Good Eye.
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