The Mantles, Legs
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
This event is all ages
How do you tell the story of The Bats?
One that began over 29-years ago in Christchurch, New Zealand. One that has included three EP’s, seven albums and two compilations, numerous international tours and received gushing reviews from every corner of the music press.
Formed in 1982 by Robert Scott (The Clean) chief songwriter on lead vocals and guitar, bassist Paul Kean (Toy Love) singer/guitarist Kaye Woodward (Minisnap) and drummer Malcolm Grant (The Builders). Following a series of EPs, came their outstanding debut Daddy’s Highway in 1987 and from there it has been a stream of acclaimed albums all the while amassing fans and friends around the world.
And here we have the next chapter of The Bats story. Titled, Free All The Monsters, the band’s 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 ‘Space Junk’, 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.
San Francisco/Oakland’s The Mantles have been charting a unique path through the Bay Area’s storied garage/pop scene since 2007. The early shows were loose & loud Velvets/Nuggets-bashing, always with weirdly catchy songs & oddball chord changes. Their first singles saw them honing their sound, building towards their excellent 2009 self-titled debut album (on Siltbreeze) and follow-up EP on Mexican Summer. Loosely aligning with artists like White Fence and Ty Segall, The Mantles thoroughly modernize and personalize the folk-rock tradition.
Now on Long Enough To Leave,The Mantles still color outside the lines but dial a cleaner, more infectious sound. SF’s Kelley Stoltz (Sub Pop) recorded the new album with enough savvy to make it pop while keeping the performances idiosyncratic & affecting. Sharp ears may spot bits of early Love, New Zealand’s Flying Nun label and LA’s Paisley Underground, but The Mantles are very far from revivalists and have more song-writing and arranging skill at their disposal than many bands could hope to have.
"The Mantles is the kind of album that defies expectations. Its shades of New Zealand-ry (an organ sound and laconic vocal delivery not far from Flying Nun groups such as the Chills and the Verlaines), its Paisley Underground touches (some reviewers have mentioned Steve Wynn and Dream Syndicate), and its better-than-NME's-C86-cassette pop appeal seem very au courant, but come across as natural as breathing. ... the Byrds-y jangle of 'Disappearing Act'; the churning propulsive energy of 'What We Do Matters'; and maybe most of all, the brooding balladry of 'Look Away,' a now-I-see-you-now-I-don't relationship ode which possesses a kind of offhand melodic and vocal strength that sounds easy to achieve, but obviously isn't, because so few ever manage to do it." --SF Bay Guardian
"Born a duo in 2011, Oakland’s Legs gradually morphed into a full band. After a few EPs, they released Pass the Ringo in 2013. Brooklyn Vegan loved it, and compared them to Television Personalities! Austin Town Hall said it was #5 top album of the year! Vice called it the Worst Album of the Month. Legs seemed poised for stardom! They toured the West Coast, even opened for The Bats at the Rickshaw, and then….they disappeared…. A few weeks ago, Legs announced a new LP in the works, smooth jams even. Legs also confirmed their first live appearance in just over a year!" --Bay Bridged
"Oakland's Legs plays simple jangle-pop with a steady midtempo chug and a strong sense of melody that opens up after repeated listens. (The band attributes some inspiration to member Matt Bullimore's youth in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he absorbed the local hits released by Flying Nun and Creation Records.)" --Paper
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