Judging from the reaction of the crowd when Battles – who are in Australia for the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival and touring off the back of their third album La Di Da Di – took to the stage, Konopka, who was first on and last off, was under-appreciated by the audience. The audience barely reacted as he quietly took his
place on stage – which was frequently crouched down, nearly out of sight, manually manipulating his effects pedals – and started layering his guitar sounds, building melody into rhythm for the set opener Dot Com. Cheers and applause erupted when Williams strode across stage to take his place behind his keyboards, and again when Stanier – who initially stood at the back of the stage, as though waiting to formally be called forth – seated himself behind his minimalist drum-kit which he worked to great effect for the duration of the performance. One hopes that Konopka is granted greater visibility in future shows.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 11th February 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.