1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
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.
Why didn't New Order ever cover Jan & Dean? How's the surfing in Bournemouth? Could one good summer at the Jersey shore have saved Ian Curtis? These are the questions that keep Philadelphia three-piece, Royal Shoals, up at night. Their first EP, recorded with the help of studio wizard/shaman Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, War on Drugs), is a valiant attempt but provides only more questions. For the band, former members of The Ropers (Slumberland, Teen Beat), Saturday People (Slumberland), Public Record (High Two Records) and Beard (a Dr. Dog precursor/side project), the search for meaning continues.