The Bats came together in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1982. The unit was essentially thrown together by Robert Scott, former bassist for the massively influential The Clean, as an outlet for his own songs. He became lead guitarist and prime vocalist, while ex-Toy Love member Paul Kean took on bass and Malcom Grant became drummer. The lineup was complete with guitarist Kaye Woodward, who's gleaming harmony vocals would come to be a defining presence in the band.
Fear of God (1991, Flying Nun), couldn't have been better. It showcased their foggy brightness coming to a point of solid maturity. The songs were varying, from the breezy "Boogey Man" to the strangely dark "Fear of God". The Bats were not only something utterly original, but clearly one of the most creative bands to emerge in recent times.