New Zealand's The Bats, that great band from the south, are back to remind us how sweet, lovely and connective pop songs can be. 'The Deep Set' is the enduring indie pop four pieces' ninth studio album in a career that has spanned nearly 30 years and influence countless bands around the world.
Originally released on cassette in 1987, Compiletely Bats gathers together this great New Zealand band’s first three EPs - ‘By Night’ (1984), ‘And Here Is “Music for the Fireside’ (1985) and 1986’s ‘Made Up in Blue’. These early tracks show a group that has gone on to influence countless bands around the world. And for good reason. From the opening ‘Made Up in Blue’ through to tracks like ‘Claudine’ the guitars jangle with both an optimism and a deeper melancholy that lurks just below the surface. While at times their offhand vocals and melodies tell tales of indecision and despair, The Bats also masters of a sound and feeling that can only be described as joy. Presented in a gatefold 2xLP with unseen flyers, posters and emphera.
The 1987 debut album from New Zealand indie-pop pioneers The Bats, Daddy’s Highway has now been re-issued and premastered. One of the outstanding New Zealand albums from the 1980s, from the lo-fi pop hook of ‘North by North’ through to the gentle drone of ‘Tragedy’, Daddy’s Highway displays a quietly powerful sound that immediately tugs you in. There is a quirky energy throughout - such as 'Block of Wood' - that also glows with shimmering harmonies, whispered vocals, reeling baselines and a sweet sense of despair that is as catchy as it is thought-provoking.
The Law Of Things showcases The Bats doing what they do best, undeniable jangle indie pop. Recorded 1988 (released 1990) back on home soil after stints of touring and recording in Europe and The US. A 2xLP set including they 1988 EP ‘Four Songs’ as well as never heard before studio outtakes from The Law Of Things sessions. Presented in a gatefold 2xLP with unseen flyers, posters and emphera.
This box set contains three re-issues of New Zealand indie-pop pioneers The Bats ranging from early original recordings to previously unheard studio out takes.
Featuring tracks from 1984 to 1988, this compilation shows a group that has gone on to influence countless bands around the world with their jangling guitars that express both an optimism and deeper melancholy.
Compiletely Bats, originally released in 1987, gathers together the four-piece band's first three EPs - 'By Night' (1984), 'And Here is Music for the Fireside' (1985) and 'Made Up in Blue' (1986), along with bonus outages and demos from the period.
Daddy's Highway, their 1987 debut, stands as one of the most outstanding New Zealand albums from the 1980's that glows throughout with shimmering harmonies, whispered vocals, reeling baselines and a sweet sense of despair that is as catchy as it is thought-provoking.
The Law Of Things, recorded in 1988 and released in 1990, was the The Bats follow up album and yet again showcased the band's knack for irrepressible indie pop songs. Re-issued this year again on 2xLP, this CD version also includes their 1988 EP 'Four Songs' as well as never heard before studio tracks from The Law Of Things sessions.
Presented in a 3CD box which includes all original art work as well as accompanying, posters, flyers and ephemera from the time.