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Battles + Pivot @ Hyde Park Barracks
23/01/2008

The sandstone, convict-era surrounds of Hyde Park Barracks perfectly contrast the futuristic electronic chaos of Battles. The dusty floor of the courtyard is a million miles away from the industrial spaces of inner-city life that seem married to the precisely rehearsed and perfectly executed sounds of the New York four piece.

Pivot opening things up with an incredibly entertaining set. It has been some time since I have had the chance to see the instrumental Sydney outfit and they have definitely spent some time hardened up their sound. Their new songs hit the audience with a lot more force than their previous work which focused primarily around atmospheric build-up than playing to their strengths of chaotic rhythmic sounds and the creation of a wall of sound that occasionally throws boulders at the listener when they stroll past.

They have a new album on the way, a single before that and a snippet of a new track Didn't I Furious up on theirSpace now. Even if their newly released stuff bottles only 8% of their intensity that they delivered at this show it will be awesome.

Pivot

Pivot

Pivot

Pivot

Unfortunately, Pivot's performance all but disapeared from the memory storage area of my brain around two minutes into Battles' set. While Mirrored is a fucking ree-donk-ulusly good album it just doesn't compare to how good these guys are live. They hit every note with an incomparable intensity and pull rhythms and melodies together from nowhere. It's a fantastic spectacle to watch - an endlessly changing landscape of sound that gets built and modified right in front of your eyes.

The 15 minute block that included Atlas transforming into Tonto was the definite high point of their hour long set and quite possibly the best chunk of live music I have witnessed this year. I know it's only January but keep in mind that I did see Arcade Fire the night before and Caribou only a week ago.

Battles

Battles

Battles

It should be noted that it was a very well behaved crowd in attendance. The show appeared to be sold out with people oozed out of the undercover tent area and into the courtyard yet we had an almost unblocked view of the band for their entire set. This definitely dramatically added to our overall enjoyment of the night.

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