Welcome to the official website of The Bats. It a living thing.

On this site you will find a bunch of our music videos, our digi music storenews, information on our upcoming gigs, social links and our full discography. We’ll also drop in a few Bats Tales from time to time.

Good to chat with you through our comments boxes you’ll find throughout the site and we’d love to hear your pick of favourite album, song, video, gig or a memory from the past.

Here’s a video we made for It’s Not The Same when we were recording Free All The Monsters at Seacliff.


That great band of the south, The Bats, are back to remind us how sweet, lovely and connective pop songs can be. Free All The Monsters, the bands eighth album shows them in top form. Recorded at Seacliff, a former asylum in the grand Victorian style just outside of Dunedin, New Zealand, and masterfully produced by Dale Cotton (HDU, Dimmer), it captures some of their strongest songs to date.

From the melodic and insanely catchy title track, through to the psychedelic thrum of second single ‚In The Subway the lo-fi folk of ‚Simpletons and the soaring instrumental passages – Free All the Monsters is filled with powerful and haunting guitars, delicate vocals and rhythms that swerve and stomp throughout.

Its a tale overflowing with cleverly crafted tunes. One that immediately pulls the listener in, and reveals a Bats sound thats even deeper, darker and more affecting than before.


“Free All The Monsters is chock full of outstanding guitar pop songs” – Rave, Australia.

“The Bats, Free All the Monsters: An utterly charming set of songs from these Flying Nun stalwarts.” Stuff, Simon Sweetman, NZ.

It’s The Bat’s strongest effort in years…this is a classic album from the band. 10/10” – Volume Magazine/NZ Herald

Free All The Monsters is everything you already love about The Bats, but its so much more….My pick for Album of The Year to date” – Christchurch Press

Their Best Work…Free All The Monsters is their most radio friendly track to date and a contender for Single of the Year” – **** (4 Stars) Sunday Star Times