by Bill Pearis
The Bats @ Cake Shop, March 2006 (via)
As mentioned, New Zealand's The Bats are flying to North America this spring, playing Chaos in Tejas in Austin and NYC Popfest where they'll headline at Public Assembly on June 1.The band are turning those festival appearances into a full tour. The dates include another NYC-area show at Maxwell's on June 3, a couple days after Popfest. Tickets for that are on sale now.
If you're unfamiliar, Robert Scott formed The Bats with guitarist Kay Woodward while he was still a member of The Clean, and the group have had the same four-member line-up since 1982. Likewise the band's sound -- Robert Scott's jangly strum, Woodward's snaky guitarlines, Paul Kean's melodic bass and rock-solid drummer Malcolm Grant -- has remained the same over the course of eight albums and countless EPs and singles. Along with The Clean, The Verlaines and The Chills, The Bats were the sound of '80s Flying Nun. I'm partial to the band's first three albums -- 1987's Daddy's Highway, 1990's The Law of Things and 1992's Fear of God -- but their whole catalog is worth checking out.
A few Spotify streams and videos, plus all Bats tour dates, are listed below.
The Bats - Block of Wood
The Bats - Boogey Man
The Bats - Too Much
The Bats - Never Said Goodbye
The Bats - 2013 Tour Dates
Thu 05/30 Austin, TX / Chaos in Tejas - Red 7
Sat 06/01 Brooklyn, NY / NYC Popfest - Public Assembly
Sun 06/02 Allston, MA / Great Scott
Mon 06/03 Hoboken, NJ / Maxwell's
Tue 06/04 Philadelphia, PA / Johnny Brenda's
Wed 06/05 Washington, DC / DC9
Fri 06/07 Chapel Hill, NC / Local 506
Sun 06/09 Chicago, IL / Schubas
Tue 06/11 Portland, OR / Bunk Bar
Wed 06/12 Seattle, WA / Neumos
Fri 06/14 San Francisco, CA / Rickshaw Stop
Sat 06/15 Los Angeles, CA / The Satellite