Black Flag shouted various anti-authoritarian messages via their lyrics. Fugazi often used their words to rally against corporate America. Dublin-based science aficionados BATS prefer to focus their attentions on fighting homeopathy and astrology.
Formed in Dublin in 2006, BATS fuse soaring melodies, throat-shredding vocals, hardcore punk, tinges of math rock, electronic undertones and science-based lyrics to create a furious energetic dance metal experience that just makes you want to move.
Debut album Red, Tooth & Claw, produced by Kurt Ballou of Converge (another of the bands many influences), was released by the now sadly defunct Richter Collective label to critical acclaim in 2009, including a spot in Rock Sound Magazines Top 75 albums of the year.
Gigs with These Arms Are Snakes, The Locust, Liars, And So I Watch You From Afar, Sebadoh, Chrome Hoof and Gang Gang Dance followed.
Second album The Sleep of Reason, this time produced by Chris Common of These Arms Are Snakes, was released in 2012 and showcased dark grooves, staccato guitars and a punk / prog hybrid cleverly displayed with a distinct elegance and clarity.
Lyrics again covered the broad spectrum of the importance of enlightened thinking, with topics ranging from stem cells to the environment ruin created by fuel pioneer Thomas Midgley Jr.
The Quietus called it the best alt-rock record to emerge from the Republic of Ireland since On the Turn by Kerbdog.
BATS are ferocious live; a five piece whose sound is big, loud and unrelenting. Theyre a band who would wake up even the heaviest sleeper straight into a moshing frenzy.
BATS carry themselves with an elegance, an obvious swing and sophistication which zaps the idea that they're some kind of gimmicky dance-rock act. They actually have something to say, and do so with aplomb, hammer-ons and a dose of cowbell to boot. The big ideas might be too much for some, but for thrash, imagination, groove and invention, BATS never drop a beat.
~ The Quietus on The Sleep of Reason.
They often manage to have four or five distinct parts yet never jar or regress. Take closer 'Terrible Lizards'. It's essentially three different songs being played at once; one crunching bass loop repeated over and over is the spine, a middle lighter chorus intersects and weaves amongst it and they also cram in a huge singalong call to action for fun too. The end result miraculously feels so fluid, seamlessly at one with the vocals and danceable you barely notice.
~ Drowned in Sound on The Sleep of Reason.
Layered, dynamic, entirely thorough and well-defined, The Sleep of Reason is a record that unfortunately might go unheard by some ears, when it should be fully appreciated as a triumph; a grand expansion of singularity to a fully formed music masterpiece.
~ Musical Mathematics on The Sleep of Reason.
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