Battle Tapes is an American electronic rock band, based in Los Angeles, California, United States, formed in late 2010. The band consists of Josh Boardman (vocals/guitar/synth), Riley Mackin (keyboardist/vocals), Stephen Bannister (bass guitar) and Beak Wing (drums/percussion). Battle Tapes is known for its live performances, fully sequenced light show and integrating electro and indie influences into its music and image.
To date, Battle Tapes has released two EPs: Sleepwalker (2011) and Sweatshop Boys (2012), and is currently writing and recording their first full-length album.
Battle Tapes became more well known in 2013, when their song "Feel the Same," off the Sweatshop Boys EP, was featured in Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V.
Battle Tapes made their festival debut in 2014, performing at The Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles, as well as SXSW in Austin, Texas. In early 2015, Battle Tapes announced they would be playing at the BottleRock Napa Valley Festival in May later that year.
Josh Boardman and Riley Mackin often perform as an Electro/DJ duo under the moniker "Skeleton Crüe" -- a name derived from the slimmed down personnel size of Battle Tapes, focusing more on a live DJ-style use of drum machines, samplers and synths, in addition to traditional DJ decks.
In other media:
Teen Wolf (ep.304) - "Made",
Paranoia (Trailer) - "Feel the Same",
Grand Theft Auto V - "Feel the Same",
Elementary (ep.204) - "Sleepwalker",
National Geographic Channel (Ad Campaign) - "Sweatshop Boys",
Need For Speed (Trailer) - "Feel the Same",
The Originals (ep.117) - "Feel the Same",
NBC Sports (Formula 1/Monaco GP) - "Feel the Same",
State of Affairs (ep112) - "Feel the Same"
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