To celebrate ANZAC day, New Zealand pop royalty The Bats are coming back to Australia.
The Bats are flagbearers for the legacy of the Dunedin/Flying Nun sound, yet their new music is vital and sparkling as ever. The band has never broken up and is touring in the original lineup of Robert Scott, Paul Kean, Kaye Woodward and Malcolm Grant.
The Bats’ latest album The Guilty Office (now in its second pressing on Mistletone and available locally through Inertia) was deemed “as fine a collection of songs from the pen of Robert Scott as there ever was”, and last year’s shows won glowing reviews and adoring fans.
To celebrate the tour, Mistletone will be releasing The Bats’ excellent Don’t You Rise four-track EP in digital form. The Don’t You Rise EP gathers up four tunes from 1998 and 2003, helping to complete the discographical picture leading up to the release of their current album, The Guilty Office.
Featuring the electric violin of Alastair Galbraith (who last featured on The Bats’ Law of Things), ‘That’s How You Found Me’ would fit in perfectly on any classic Bats album and mesmerises with its folk-pop groove. ‘You Don’t Belong’ is a moody gem, while ‘Don’t You Rise’s country-inflected strum is a live favourite. ‘Face Inside The Sun’ rounds out the record in fine form, a mid-tempo sing-along that sounds straight off Daddy’s Highway. A pretty special EP then!
THE BATS TOUR DATES
Friday 23rd April
SYDNEY – Oxford Art Factory with special guests Richard In Your Mind + The Ghosts.
Tickets on sale now from Moshtix.
Saturday 24th April
BRISBANE – The Troubadour with special guests Greg Brady & The Anchors & The Deadnotes (with The Legend!).
Tickets on sale now from Oztix.
Sunday 25th April
MELBOURNE – East Brunswick Club with special guests Ross McLennan & The New World Sympathique + Milk Teddy + DJ Frankie Teardrop.
Tickets on sale now.