Battles' Ian Williams: "My philosophy is, 'The guitar is dead, long live the guitar'"

Ian Williams of Battles performs live
(Image credit: Gaelle Beri/Redferns/Getty)

Since their last record, 2015's La Di Da Di, Battles have undergone a major line-up change, with founding guitarist Dave Konopka departing in 2018.

When your band is down to only three members, losing a third of the company is bound to produce change, and that's certainly the case on Juice B Crypts, which is a very different beast from any of the three records that preceded it. The question is: who are Battles now?

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.