Spanning the last 38 years,TheBatshave clocked ten incredible albums; each one seeing the band evolve with new material from the prolific songwriting hand ofRobertScott. Add to that tally the extra singles, b-sides, EPs, compilations and tribute songs they’ve recorded, creating a succinct setlist is a nearly impossible task.
The Batsmust hold a record in New Zealand (perhaps the whole world, once The Rolling Stones throw in the towel) as a band that has survived with the same line-up for 38 years. No split ups, no reforming for nostalgia’s sake.
So far, half the band have spots in The New Zealand Music Hall Of Fame, vocalist/ guitaristRobertScott(TheClean) and bassist/producerPaulKean(ToyLove), and it’s only a matter of time before lead guitaristKayeWoodwardand drummerMalcolmGrantfind themselves in there too. The four-piece has created twisted wistful folk, psychedelic rock, bouncy twee pop, and everything in between, but whatever the genre, their sound is always distinctively, unmistakablyTheBats.