Taste, by its very nature, is a subjective entity. A cultural litmus test which dictates—by those shadowy arbiters of the latest zeitgeist—what is essentially what. The old adage “history is decided by the victors” very much applies in matters such as these. What will forever be remembered is contingent upon a consensus—not of majority—but of metaphysical social hierarchy.
For fear of digressing, let us return to the topic on hand: what defines a quality evening out? What mixture of characteristics is universally lauded as “successful” by a species so enamored by the subjectivity of personal opinion? It is a slippery slope, yet scale it we shall, for within this conundrum lies the kernels of the human psyche—the highly stylized engine of experiencing revelry.
Genre: Progressive Rock/Math Rock/Experimental
I first encountered Battles while watching Mind Field, the latest skateboarding video from Alien Workshop. I was mesmerized by the quiet intensity of their song, “Atlas,” and how it complimented the raw talent and artful expression of professional skateboarder, Arto Saari. It also left a lasting impression as he fell some 20 feet down a set of stairs landing, literally, onto his face. Nevertheless, I had to learn more about this unique group.