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the battles : tonto

[from Mirrored; out now on Warp]

jesse.ewles, September 12, 2007 at 4:30:33 PM CEST

Battles rule performance videos. Reminds me of Pink Floyd in Pompeii. -j

welovemusique, September 12, 2007 at 5:22:04 PM CEST

the title of the track is Tonto, no?

kevathens, September 12, 2007 at 6:05:44 PM CEST

Crap. Who can help me remember the video that had a similar concept (fluorescent lights sticking up from the ground), but took place near a lake and was related to the band's album cover? Somewhere along the lines of Sneaker Pimps/Depeche Mode/or something else British and techno-related..

oneinthree, September 12, 2007 at 6:36:35 PM CEST

Tonto, is a collaboration between Battles and United Visual Artists. Sorry, Don't know the album cover/video but Richard Box put 1000 fluorescents in a field powered by overhead power lines:

kevathens, September 12, 2007 at 6:51:09 PM CEST

Yeah that looks a lot like it, except the b/g was red. I keep thinking Travis, maybe cuz of The Man Who..

progosk, September 12, 2007 at 6:51:18 PM CEST

tho longwinded, that was teh cools (some smooth edits up front).

vs, September 12, 2007 at 8:51:12 PM CEST

Does the drummer remind anyone else of BIFF?

fungible, September 13, 2007 at 5:12:29 AM CEST

Awesome, probably my second favorite song on the album.

Now somebody post a quicktime.

lusk81, September 13, 2007 at 7:03:46 AM CEST

Hands down one of the best albums of the year. They're tremendous.

otc, September 13, 2007 at 7:12:56 AM CEST

Practically a perfect performance video. Is this Saccenti again? Kev I wish I could help you but I have no idea.

knomadix, September 13, 2007 at 7:46:43 AM CEST

Yeah, I'm pretty sure this was Tims work..

The collab with united artists refers to the DVD coming out. They were the ones shooting the last run of live shows with P2 cameras.

I like the clip. I like that they are fucking with the tech-head audience by not matching exactly performance and visual. I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure that kung-fu type breakdown is not done with the 4 button loop pedal exactly like they appear to be doing.

Anyway.. really well shot, the timelapse stuff espec.. a couple of the wider shots don't work for me, but I can't wait to see a high res-er of it.

Also good to see indies not afraid to put out a 7 minute clip instead of a 4 minute radio edit.

shatner, September 13, 2007 at 8:32:26 PM CEST

Not Tim. Directed by UVA through Warp Films.

kevathens, September 25, 2007 at 2:43:44 AM CEST

UnitedVisualArtists has a cool website

bclikesyou, October 1, 2007 at 1:08:56 AM CEST

wow, this one went under my radar.

really dug the ending. was it all on location? the first 3/4ths felt in-studio...

going off what knomadix said, when i first watched the 'atlas' video i was gushing over being able to see how they did everything. but i definitely agree that the loop pedal couldn't of been used to do the breakdown. and that's friggin hilarious.

progosk, October 1, 2007 at 11:37:41 PM CEST

tonto movmo.

ryanjunell, January 8, 2008 at 11:36:51 PM CET

they should install that light grid at burning man

progosk, January 12, 2008 at 10:59:24 PM CET

uva's medworth on shooting this, @ paperthinwalls.


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