Exclusive: BATS Album Stream
by Dave Donnelly
September 7th 2009 | 30 Comments
Virulent post-hardcore combines with the ruthless pursuit of scientific progress on Red In Tooth & Claw, the debut full-length record of Irish five-piece BATS. Emerging from the exciting stable of young acts at underground Dublin label the Richter Collective (Adebisi Shank, Marvins Revolt), BATS make their motives crystal clear from the outset: the first three songs tackle, in turn, theoretical physics, exploding stars and frontal lobe epilepsy, and that's just the warm-up. Might wanna make a pot of coffee before getting into this one.
Yet BATS aren't all textbooks and chemistry experiments. As the promotional photograph above demonstrates, they also enjoy juggling keys, while the evidence on their debut record shows a web of influences greater than the average hardcore band's. Typical influences like Pixies, Circle Takes The Square and Don Cab are easily apparent, but dig deeper and you'll find smatterings of Faith No More, sprinklings of the Melvins and even the odd Maiden-esque galloping guitar riff, while a subtle electronic funk influence ensures a danceability factor underpins the entire experience.
The album itself was produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge), a seal of approval in itself, in Ballou's own Godcity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts.
Red In Tooth & Claw can be purchased from many reputable independent stores in the UK and Ireland now, and by mail order from the Richter Collective here.
Download: BATS - 'Credulous! Credulous!' MP3 (via Richter Collective)
Read: Sputnikmusic's interview with BATS frontman Rupert Morris
Big thanks to BATS and Barry Lennon for Richter Collective for their help and co-operation.
|Nice! Gonna listen right now.|
|i like the player allot. albums pretty cool too|
|This is really sweet. I assume the fact that an album is being exclusivly streamed on here means sputnik is moving up?|
|It just crashed my browser at the end of track 5 (I think).|
|Hmm nope, same message. Happens in Chrome, Firefox, and IE8 for me.|
|Yeah it's weird. It crashed my browser around track 5, now I get that error in every browser I try.|
|Just tried it on one of my other computers and I get the same error wtf.|
|listening to the opening of the first track. Holy fuck... :D|
|awesome. these guys are interesting.|
|Yeah its pretty great. You dudes have to check out Q and Not U - No Kill No Beep Beep if you enjoy this.|
|why does the volume rise after each track? am using opera 10|
|will listen to this when i don't have dial-up|
|this album amazes me. this band kind of remind me of so many dynamos and foals but heavier. |
|first track is pretty sick am gonna listen now|
|This is great. Guys screams remind me of the dude from Circle Takes the Square for some reason. In the first song anyway.|
|fucking murder by death rip off|
|What the hell is up with the Myspace link? :P|
|"fucking murder by death rip off"|
fucking beat me to it
|Cool, I might see these guys next week.|
|Oh beshaysus and begorra they're Oirish fer ya! Seen these guys live a few times. I'm not very into post-hardcore but these guys are alright|
|WE HAVE BEEN UN AB LE TO I DENT IF Y THE PAR TIC LES SEEN IN THE IM AGE BE LOW|