Friday, December 28, 2007

The Bats - The Daddys Highway

The Bats' first full album continues the early promise of their EPs and, with only the slightest deviations and changes since, established their sound for just about everything that followed. Scott and company may not be the most willfully experimental of musicians, but when they're on -- more often the case than not -- their lovely, melancholic songs simply hit the spot. Woodward forms the perfect singing partner for Scott, while guest violinist Alastair Galbraith brings his talent to the fore as he has for so many other New Zealand bands. "Treason" makes for a good start to the album, but the real standout on Daddy's Highway is the surging "North by North." Featuring a fantastic Galbraith violin solo, it gives the band the opportunity to show its sometime hidden strengths for more energetic, nervous material. Scott's vocal performance is one of his best, and the quick, on-edge pace seems to get even more so as the song continues. Quieter songs unsurprisingly abound as well, from the understated sweetness of "Sir Queen" to the gentle keyboard-touched "Candidate." "Tragedy" is one of the best in this vein, ending in a disturbing low drone (or at least as much of a drone as the generally quick-length songs by the Bats allow for).


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4 comments:

L said...

I was fortunate to see The Bats in the States a few years ago and picked up a few of their records. I love their music! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hey mate... uploaded this only to find it's missing North by North, the best song on it!

Any chance of a reload?

Andrew, Dublin

Filtch said...

please don't download The Bats music for free. It cost bugger all to share in the cost of recording and supporting the band in their creative career through buying their songs or albums. Go to http://www.thebats.co.nz to find out other ways to get their music where you become partners with the band and you don't live with the guilt of filtching it.

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