The Bats are a folk-pop band from Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand with a worldwide cult following. The Bats’ lead singer and main songwriter, Robert Scott, had started playing in 1977 in the band Electric Blood, and Scott subsequently became the bassist of the great Dunedin trio the Clean in 1980. After the Clean broke up in 1982, Scott formed his own band with guitarist and singer Kaye Woodward, bassist and singer Paul Kean and drummer Malcolm Grant. (Kean had previously played in Toy Love, a short-lived band of Kiwis that moved to Australia.) The Bats played their first show in Dunedin on December 31, 1982.
The Bats released a series of 12-inch EPs on the Clean’s former label, the beloved New Zealand independent Flying Nun: By Night... Read More