(Battles at GAMH Nov. 1, note the “roadie”)
A Music Column by David Downs
Hot 2007 New York rock band Battles don't like being called Math Rock, and I don't blame them. After covering their live show Nov. 1 at the Great American Music Hall, the quartet's rightful place belongs in the genre of “Technician Rock” as part of a larger 21st-century movement called “Autism Rock,” or “Rautism.”
The rise of Rautism and the success of a band like Battles can be seen as a barometer for a society that's collectively swinging toward an austistic future. Let's start with the overlap between Battles and autism at their fundamental levels.