Video: Battles f. Gary Numan, “My Machines”

September 07, 2011

Directorial duo DANIELS bka Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert studied 3D Animation together at college in Boston. For their Creators Project-commissioned "My Machines" video, they treated a real man as a moving cartoon, tumbling him slowly down an up-moving escalator. The stunt was shot in an empty mall, straight on. Guest/"Cars" singer Gary Numan glides down into the atrium in his Saturday clothes, drops his bags and picks up his verse. It looks like the main cinematographic secret is that the falling dude has strong legs. Battles tour Europe and the US this fall in support of their experimental sophomore record Glass Drop. Check out September and October dates, below.

Battles Fall Tour:

09 Berlin, Germany – Berlin Festival
10 Haarlem, Holland – Stad Als Podium
15 Zurich, Switzerland – Rote Fabrik
16 Leffinge, Belgium – Leffinge Leuren Festival
17 Tilburg, Holland – Incubate Festival

01 US – ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror (curated by Portishead), Asbury Park, New Jersey
02 US – Royale Nightclub, Boston
03 Canada – Le National, Montreal
04 Canada – Phoenix Concert Theater, Toronto
05 US – Grog Shop, Cleveland
06 US – VIA Festival, Pittsburgh
07 US – Vic Theatre, Chicago
08 US – Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis
10 Canada – Starlite Room, Edmonton
12 US – Neptune, Seattle
13 US – Wonder Ballroom, Portland
15 US – Treasure Island Festival, San Francisco
16 US – Glasshouse, Pamona
17 US – Mayan Theater, Los Angeles
18 US – The Venue, Scottsdale
20 US – Fitzgerald’s, Houston
21 US – Emo’s, Austin
22 US – Granada Theater, Dallas
24 US – Exit In, Nashville
25 US – Work/Play, Birmingham
26 US – Crowbar, Tampa
27 US – Grand Central, Miami
28 US – Masquerade, Atlanta
29 US – Moogfest, Asheville
30 US – 9.30 Club, Washington
31 US – Theater of the Living Arts, Philadelphia

Video: Battles f. Gary Numan, “My Machines”