The Satellite presents
The Bats (from New Zealand), Rough Church, Cotillon
1717 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90027
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
The Bats (from New Zealand)
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.
It’s a tale overflowing with cleverly crafted tunes. One that immediately pulls the listener in, and leaves you wondering what’s next.
LA band Rough Church is fronted by well known and hispanic rocker Greg Franco.
His first gig in LA was as a teenager in his band Blasphemous Yellow in 1983, they played at the legendary Anti club.
Rough Church is his current project.
RC is signed both to their own imprint "Beautiful Workhorse and to Auckland New Zealand label Powertool Records.
Born in East Los Angeles and raised musically in the LA 1980s and '90s Eastside music scene, Greg Franco has shared bills with diverse artists such as Tex and the Horse-heads, Possum Dickson, Mike Watt, David Thomas of Pere Ubu and Lutefisk.
Greg wears his American heart and art-rock influences proudly on his sleeve (Husker Du, Sonic Youth, the Minutemen, are big touchstones for him) and in the last ten years he has been secretly channeling the well known Dunedin sound from NZ.
After being booked to play with the Clean in the states in 2001, a beautiful relationship with New Zealand developed.
He even stayed with NZ legend Chris Knox for a week in 2004. This was followed by collaborations and recordings with David Kilgour and with Robert Scott.
(Southpawwest, 2004, Powertool Records)
Tours of NZ and AUS followed.
The band has toured three times in Kiwi-land. RC played with NZ legends Robert Scott, Bill Direen, Minisnap, and finally now, in Los Angeles with good friends The Bats.
Greg writes tight hook laden rock and sometimes mesmerising introspective indie tunes.
He also goes out on a limb sometimes musically. The last album includes an uncompromising 15 minute noise art track dedicated to the famous alien contact, the wow signal of 1974.
The next one is a double vinyl "Aloha Mijos" done all live in Lincoln Heights, mixed in Hawaii with the "Mexican Steve Albini" Manny Nieto (Health, Chokebore, The Breeders, 400 Blows) Now that's rock.
On this latest six song ep "Nude Canon, Rough Church knocks it out of the park.
It features the violinist, keys, vocals, of Katlin Wolfberg (Seasons, Fort King) She's an up and coming force on the LA scene.
Rough Church plays up the roll than rock, but still is on the wild indie artful, even funky and angsty side". Every song is like a very different short film.
"Forget the Ken Burns transition, jagged cut and paste to Greg Franco’s present incarnation, “Rough Church” it’s a labor of the last few years that can be called none other than fringe Americana." - Christina Long, The trouble with milk
"It’s got a kick to it that warms up the soul. They will bring the Tapatio" - Mt. Washington Times.
"An iconic auteur." - L.A. Weekly
" If The Wonders hailed from Hawthorne, California instead of Erie, Pennsylvania, and dropped acid on the regular they might sound something like Cotillon. Which, in my world, is the highest of compliments. "
Rebecca Willa Davis (NYLON MAGAZINE)
There's no stopping Post-Surf/Garage Pop band, Cotillon. Their debut EP, Votive Flower, was released in October, and they're already presenting their second offering - the less heartbroken 'White Roses' EP. This second dose still carries the same moodiness, pep and youthful vigor, but with more cohesive, stylized production, and more assured songwriting. Standouts "Talk to Her" and "Tijuana" are filled with frontman Jordan Corso's slacker vocal moments and the amazing guitar work from Zach Miller we loved on the first EP. 'White Roses' is equal parts nostalgia, peyote-drenched romanticism, laissez-faire francophilia, and post-post-modern anxiety. -Jacqueline Caruso (the Deli)
this is really power-pop like it's supposed to be — hooky, raw and cheerfully bitter beneath the cuteness, just like Alex Chilton used to make. A Corso lyric such as "I don't have much, but I have a true heart" may sound like something Jonathan Richman would sing very sincerely, but Cotillon's recent Votive Flower EP is soaked in plenty of sarcasm, too. Corso's got a voice somewhere between Daniel Johnston and The Only Ones' super-sneerer Peter Perrett. In songs like "I Wanna Move to Paris" or "Dream Girl/Infection Suite," he pours a bottle of drain cleaner into the human heart: "You gave me an infection, just like you meant to," goes one opening line. That's not love, but it sounds true nonetheless. Chris Ziegler (LA Weekly)
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