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The songs for Foothills were captured and immortalised in the Canterbury foothills of the Southern Alps, Aotearoa New Zealand. Only too well, The Bats know the possibilities, potentialities and sonic vistas that arise when one takes the reins for the recording process in a beautiful place that’s on home turf.


The news is written by a mysterious person. Maybe Wendy Broccoli.

With an impressive 38 years playing together under their belts, today marks the release of The Bats' tenth album, Foothills (FN593):

The album features the recent singles WarwickAnother Door, and Gone To Ground, plus a whole bunch of newbies of course. My personal recommendation would be Scrolling. Lovely track.

Band members Robert Scott, Kaye Woodward and Paul Kean recently spoke to KEXP in support of the album. In the interview, Scott speaks about letting his storytelling come to him. "I wasn't trying to get over a particular message, overall, with the group of songs. It was much more a group of songs that I've been working on for the last couple of years before the recording. And they more[so] tell their own little stories within each song, as opposed to working as a whole, I'd say. So they're more observations on people and relationships, and how things are working with that. Also, some of them are kind of made up stories about situations, or just about made-up things, really. Such there's a mixture of that on the record."

Foothills is out today via Flying Nun Records, so naturally you can grab it on this site. Enjoy!


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