It’s New Zealand music month and 27 days into it I am highlighting some great Kiwi Bands. Most will be 80’s and 90’s band that I grew up with and are those classic albums.
Band number #7 is: The Bats
My first experience of The Bats, was finding the Couchmaster at the Christchurch City City and that blew me away, From there it was back to the library to track down the back albums, with The Law of Things becoming a favourite. The jangly rock sound with great lyrics. Very much that Flying Nun vibe to it, and one that many bands have tried to couple (and failed). They keep me company while up late studying…..okay you got me playing Civilisation in the cold nights in Christchuch.
The Bats started in Christchurch, New Zealand in the early 80’s with Robert Scott, Kaye Woodward and Paul Kean. The spend the next few years on the live scene in Christchurch and Dunedin. In 1985 they went to London and recorded the Made Up in Blue EP at the 24 track Point Studio in London in December 1985. ‘Made Up in Blue‘ was single of the week as voted by NME.
.From 1987 to 1994 was a busy period with Daddy’s Highway, The Law of Things, Fear of God and Silverbeet. The band them released Couchmaster in 1995 and then had a break till 2005 when they released At the National Grid. Since then they have released The Guilty Office and Free All the Monsters.
If you have never heard of them, now is a great time with Law of Things being reissued in 2013.