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Watch: Battles - “Dot Net” Video

La Di Da Di Out Now via Warp

Oct 15, 2015 Battles
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Battles released their new album, La Di Da Di, back on September 18 via their longtime label Warp. Today they have shared a strange and colorful video for “Dot Net.” Ben Jones directed the clip, which was produced as part of a new Warp Arts film series for U.K. Channel 4’s Random Acts, which pairs Warp artists with filmmakers. It’s the first in the series.

Battles’ Dave Konopka discussed the video in a press release: “Ben Jones and I went Massachusetts College of Art together in the ‘90s and I’ve been a huge fan of his work as both a solo artist and a member of Paper Rad ever since. When Channel Four approached us about a collaboration with a visual artist, Ben Jones immediately came to mind because I have always thought that there would be a great synthesis of Ben’s experimental animation and Battles’ technicolor sounds—a joining of two forms that I have been wanting to make happen for years. As luck would have it, when I reached out to Ben to see if he would be interested in collaborating, he had just finished installing a new solo show of some outstanding new work, which is featured throughout the ‘Dot Net’ video. Through his incorporation of a live-action gallery scene intercut with his authentically one-of-a-kind animation, Ben made a video for ‘Dot Net’ that is one of my favorite Battles video collaborations and absolute joy to watch over and over again.”

Director Ben Jones also discussed the video in the press release: “The exploration of the digital territory between abstract graphic user interfaces, polyrhythms and human interaction was a paramount inspiration of this video. Prodding and proving the causality of passive engagement vs. hyper-addiction concerning the influence of ‘screen time’ (using the video and audio of an iPad or iPhone or etc.). In the end we kept returning to this jump off: ‘is this a dope music vid to have on your apple watch? Yes or No?’”

Check out the video below, followed by the band’s upcoming tour dates.

Battles Tour Dates:


15 - Republic, New Orleans, US
16 - Masquerade, Atlanta, US
17 - Exit In, Nashville, US
18 - Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA, US
19 - 9:30 Club, Washington, DC, US
20 - Webster Hall, New York, NY, US
23 - Academy 2, Manchester, UK
24 - Simple Things, Bristol, UK
25 - ABC 1, Glasgow, UK
26 - Junction 1, Cambridge, UK
28 - Electric Ballroom, London, UK
29 - Le Grand Mix, Lille, FR
30 - Pitchfork Paris, FR
31 - Zoom, Frankfurt, DE


1 - Rockhal, Esch, LU
2 - Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
3 - Orangerie, Brussels, BE
4 - Berghain, Berlin, DE
6 - Club2Club, Torino, IT
7 - Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik, IS
25 - Ex, Tokyo, JP
26 - Akaso, Osaka, JP
27 - TBA, Seoul, SK
29 - Clockenflap, Hong Kong, CN
30 - Rockhouse, Guangzhou, CN


2 - The Wall, Taipei, TW
4 - Mao Livehouse, Shanghai, CN
5 - Yugong Yishan, Beijing, CN
More TBA
19 - Day for Night, Houston


30 - Laneway Festival, Singapore


1 - Laneway Festival, Auckland, NZ
5 - Laneway Festival, Adelaide, AU
6 - Laneway Festival, Brisbane, AU
7 - Laneway Festival, Sydney, AU
13 - Laneway Festival, Melbourne, AU
14 - Laneway Festival, Fremantle, AU


12/13 - NRMAL, Mexico City, MX
24 - Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK


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