Five years after the release of their last critically acclaimed album, The Bats return with album number nine, “The Deep Set”. With the title conveying the long established and firmly embedded, it’s notable that it’s thirty years since The Bats began recording their debut album, Daddy’s Highway, in the living room studio of a friend of a friend in Glasgow. This time around they recorded in The Sitting Room, the studio-sleep out-garage next to Ben Edward’s house in Lyttelton, following in the footsteps of Marlon Williams, Nadia Reid and many others.
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.
A beautiful warm late summer night it was when five musicians started one of their most remarkable outdoor concerts in the City of Berlin. To protect the local bats the band had to accept a curfew by 10 pm which was rather sad, because they had a lot more on their playlist. But nevertheless it has been a breathtaking event for those who could attend. On this DVD you will see the whole show and some extras behind the scenes, some with a laugh and some with an ironic attitude. So enjoy a warm summer night’s show!