Welcome to the official website of The Bats.
It’s a living thing.
On this site you will find…
– news about
Bats album #10, FOOTHILLS
Old stuff – read on
2018 year of reflection, new songs, demos and country retreat recording session.
2017 successful summer album release tours of New Zealand, Europe and EU for The Deep Set – the Bats 9th full release of new material.
– our digi music store and other stuff to buy links
– a bunch of our music videos
– information on our upcoming gigs
– social links
– our full discography
– and we’ll also drop in a few Bats Tales from time to time.
We can chat with you through our comments boxes that 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 our eighth album, Free All The Monsters at Seacliff… and some lovely reviews below.
FREE ALL THE MONSTERS
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.
It’s a tale overflowing with cleverly crafted tunes. One that immediately pulls the listener in and reveals a Bats sound that’s 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 Bats 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