Pic of pics from recent posters
Oz "Free All The Monsters" October 2011 album release dates kindly arrange by Mistletone
- Fri 14 at East Brunswick Club, Melb, Sat 15 at Notes in Sydney. Also played live to air on FBI with Jack Shit
and made a video for Spacejunk with John Morrison.
YES!! thebats.bandcamp.com where you can download Bats songs - check them out for a free
listen and / or donate a bit to the band for future recordings and touring - It's very easy to use and
you have a choice of download quality. Free All The Monsters, was captured on multi track recorder
during their ANZAC 2010 weekend tour of Australia. You can download a great mix of this for FREE
at The Bats Bandcamp.
We've also added the Bats Don't You Rise 4 track EP, a summer single "Holiday" (originally recorded
for a Social Music 7" single - a bonus when you subscribe to Social Music - get a heap of records
from the likes of The Clean, June Brides, Jeff Mangum etc...) , "Just Do It" (Bats version of Tall Dwarfs song)
and Minisnap's "New Broom".
Coming very soon a collab between Minisnap and John White of 2 new songs - ones a scorcher and
the other will have you floating on a cloud off into nowhere and ALSO "The Bats At The National Grid"
digitally available internationally.
The BATS played 21st May 2011at CPSA Christchurch Polytech with Von Klap, Nadia Reid and
DJ Skew-Whiff. 1st inner city gig in Chch after Feb 22 quake.
AND 22nd May - Sugarloaf Shakedown benefit gig at Kings Arms with The Bats, Lawrence Arabia,
Street Chant, Drab Doo-Riffs, Dictaphone Blues and Princess Chelsea. Funds raised went towards
supporting Christchurch music via Al Parks, Gap Filler, Wunderbar and Good Vibrartions.
Played Perth Festival late Feb 2011 in scorching heat (38degrees daytime didn't feel much cooler
at night with the stage lights burning! Although better than getting shaken around in Christchurch
- we escaped a couple of days after the big beast on 22nd Feb). Lawrence Arabia (full band) were
in fine support. Great crowd of around 800 to the wonderful outdoor arena near the waterfront.
RECORDING SESSION - Several new songs that The Bats recently road tested along with a big bunch
of others and a few on the spot jams have now been superbly "captured" at a recording session we did
over a week in mid December. We hired out Seacliff - a backpackers and stables, situated in an old
asylum between Oamaru and Dunedin. Dale Cotton recorded and co-produced. We'll keep you posted
- very happy with the results - can't wait to get it released but we must be patient - out in October
around the planet. Here's a short video of a Bellbird that sang to us each day (better for listening than watching).
- Bats played a scorcher - literally ( it was around 38c ) at The Perth Arts Festival in February 2011.
Lawrence Arabia to join them.
- Robert Scott has a fine solo album "Ends Run Together" recorded by Dale Cotton (on FN) that he
toured in Australia, New Zealand and USA (along with a few Clean dates) during Sept / Oct 2010.
- MINISNAP, due to constant demand from around the planet, have finally decided to combine their
1st two EP.CDR's (In My Pocket and March Hare) into a fully fledged album that will also feature 2
songs from their Cloudberry released 7" (Whistler & Human Error) and Hedge, a fine spare track
from the Bounce Around session. Watch out for news of it's release on Pocket Music within the new year.
Needless to say it's all been re-mastered although most of it sounded fine and didn't need much tweaking.
"We had a very enjoyable NZ SPRING September TOUR and took along Alan Starrett on electric viola
(he composed and recorded the string arrangements on The Guilty Office). We played at
10th - Cook:Dunedin with Death By Silo (features Chris Matthews, Headless Chickens, Children's Hour) & Pine
17th - San Fran Bath House: Wellington with Luc Arnault (Ladybird)
18th - Kings Arms: Auckland with Polaroid (virtually the Bird Nest Roys - little Ross joined them on stage for Ain't Mutating)
AND on 23 Oct The Bats played to a massive crowd estimated to be in excess of 120,000 at the
Band Together - Concert For Canterbury (Earthquake benefit).
Christchurch's mayor, Bob Parker joined the Bats on stage on rythmn guitar for
North By North and the legendary Jordan Luck (Exponents) sang on an old favourite of his, Claudine.
Big thanks to Jason Kerrison and Paul Ellis. Band Together Twitter Youtube Facebook
Arch Hill released the Bats album, " The Guilty Office" on December 1st 2008 in NZ.
It's got strings by Alan Starrett! Well some of it has - and a harp. And the cover art is painted by Robert Scott.
It's now also available in USA, UK, Europe, Scandinavia and in July in Australia
MINISNAP's Bounce Around LP climbed the 2008 CMJ Radio Charts in USA - Top Ten action!!
Album review excerpt by Tim Sendra for Minisnap's "BounceAround".
Bounce Around is a thoroughly charming record that captures everything good about the Bats and adds to it...
Woodward is made up of 100-percent sunshine, and Bounce Around is one chiming, bouncy NZ
rocker after another.... "New Broom" is the heavenly pop hit of the bunch, but every other tune is graced
with a singalong chorus and bright melody.... From start to finish Bounce Around is classic New Zealand pop.
REPORT: USA - CMJ RADIO STATIONS - top 10 positions to date
MINISNAP:BOUNCE AROUND - UPDATED:26th November 2008
Station Location Position
Bagel Radio San Francisco CA Chart #3
WCWM 90.7 fm Williamsburg VA Chart #3
SCAD-Atlanta Atlanta GA Chart #4
KRLX 88.1 fm Northfield MN Chart #5
WKNC 88.1 fm Raleigh NC Chart #6
WRNC 97.7fm Ashland WI Chart #6
WRUW 91.1 fm Cleveland OH Chart #9
WUMM 90.5 fm Machias ME Chart #10
Minisnap video for New Broom off Bounce Around CD, available physically through Magic Marker & Pocket Music plus digitally through iTunesStores Worldwide.
Christian Carruthers crafted an animated video for Flowers and Trees.
Above is a cell from it - Guess who's who in the above - Bats video plus others are now on our
We're still missing a few - if anyone can help us to locate copies that would be fantastic
The Bats at the National Grid postcard from cd cover
AUDIO AGRICULTURE IN THE 21st CENTURY
above is Jody Lloyd's fine album of remixes and remakes including The Bats Up To The Sky.
He's also been working on a remix of Minisnap's Crooked Mile.
Article and interview at threeimaginarygirls
The Bats At The National Grid is available through
USA Magic Marker
Germany Little Teddy
UK Egg Records
NZ Pocket MusicLtd
NZ label for the Bats, Minisnap, The Archers.
Flying Nun, back
under the control of founder, Roger Shepherd, are building up the Bats
Colin Hogg selects "Mastery" as
his pick on National Radio for Best Song Ever Written.
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