Bats Galore… New music from within and around The Bats

Dunedin and indeed NZ music royalty The Bats have been pretty busy of late. They released their new LP Foothills last year, to wide acclaim, and earlier this month they also intriguingly released an instrumental version of the album on Bandcamp which gives a really interesting twist on the songs, allowing the rhythm section of perpetual motion and those sparkling guitars to take centre stage. … Continue reading Bats Galore… New music from within and around The Bats

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE: The Bats – Gone To Ground

We’re excited to be premiering the brand new single/video from New Zealand legends The Bats. The track comes from their forthcoming album Foothills, out Nov 13th via Flying Nun Records. There’s a warm and heavy-lidded dreamy quality to ‘Gone To Ground’, in large part courtesy of the use of EBow on the guitars and the way drummer Malcolm Grant gently propels the song along. A … Continue reading AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE: The Bats – Gone To Ground

INTERVIEW: The Bats

LONG HAUL FLIGHT Still with their original lineup, The Bats are the longest running band in New Zealand and after more than three decades they’re still finding fascinating new variations on their iconic sound. Frontman and songwriter Robert Scott talks to Chris Familton about how their new record came together and how they’ve maintained their longevity. Down the line from his home on the coast … Continue reading INTERVIEW: The Bats

NEWS: New Zealand’s Taite Music Prize 2012 Finalists Announced…

The Taite Music Prize is the equivalent of the UK’s Mercury Prize or the Australian Music Prize and recognises outstanding creativity for an album release. The award is $10,000 in cash to be used however the artist wants. This year’s finalists are: Andrew Keoghan – Arctic Tales Divide (Brave Beluga Records) Beastwars – Beastwars (Destroy Records) David Dallas – The Rose Tint (Dirty Records) She’s … Continue reading NEWS: New Zealand’s Taite Music Prize 2012 Finalists Announced…

ALBUM REVIEW: The Bats | Free All The Monsters

written by Chris Familton The Bats are about to celebrate 30 years as a band in 2012 and one that can still boast the original line-up. Not many groups can lay claim to that milestone yet the New Zealand quartet have quietly gone about crafting a considerable body of work that has never taken drastic directional changes or seen them seeking to box above their … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: The Bats | Free All The Monsters

FEATURE: Life in a Chord | Flying Nun Records

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Flying Nun, here is a reprint of a piece I wrote about the label last year… written by Chris Familton A record label at the right place at the right time can be integral to a music scene, often gaining revered status further down the track as history settles into place. Sub Pop, Motown and Factory are obvious examples. … Continue reading FEATURE: Life in a Chord | Flying Nun Records

NEWS: Flying Nun announce 30th anniversary celebrations…

New Zealand’s iconic independent (for most of its time) label is turning 30 and they’ve got themselves organised with a bunch of shows to celebrate the occasion. The Clean Nov 23 – Dunedin, Sammys Nov 24 – Auckland, Kings Arms Nov 25 – Wellington, SFBH Nov 26  –  Christchurch, The new Dux  De Lux   HDU Nov 11  – Wellington, SFBH Nov 12  – Auckland, Kings Arms Nov 18 – … Continue reading NEWS: Flying Nun announce 30th anniversary celebrations…

NEWS: Christchurch Music Scene Fundraiser …

There is a great looking line-up hitting the Kings Arms on the 22nd May for The Sugarloaf Shakedown to raise funds for the Christchurch music scene in the wake of the recent earthquake that devastated the South Island city. Bands will play on the hour from 3pm and include: The Bats Lawrence Arabia The Drab Doo-Riffs Street Chant Dictaphone Blues Princess Chelsea Tickets $20, available now … Continue reading NEWS: Christchurch Music Scene Fundraiser …

MP3: Download The Bats 09 Primavera set in full…

From what I’ve found, New York City’s WFMU looks to be pretty much the best radio station in the US (tell me if I’m wrong!) and they do a great job at recording gigs and posting them online. Primavera last year saw a brilliant lineup and resulted in the posting of the full set from New Zealand’s The Bats. Full of some of their best songs … Continue reading MP3: Download The Bats 09 Primavera set in full…

FEATURE: Life In a Chord | Flying Nun

written by Chris Familton A record label at the right place at the right time can be integral to a music scene, often gaining revered status further down the track as history settles into place. Sub Pop, Motown and Factory are obvious examples. At the start of the 80s very few would have predicted the impact (albeit on a lesser scale) that a label started … Continue reading FEATURE: Life In a Chord | Flying Nun