As we head towards the weekend, it’s time for some garagepunk to get you moving and grooving . Today we bring you Church Bats, who have a single coming out very soon on one of my favorite labels, Windian Records. The Church Bats will take you back to the good old days when rock was pounding it out to the beat and it was nothing but fun. I’m looking forward to hearing a lot more from Church Bats and I can promise you when we get new tunes from them, I will get them up and posted as soon as possible.
Meet The Band
We wanted Brownsville Station, but that was already taken.
People say we sound like:
’60s garage punk, but more experimental.
Todd, Xtina and Shingo. North Carolina, New York and New York.
Some that have influenced you….
Well known bands would be The Troggs, Link Wray, The Stooges, Black Sabbath.
How we started up…. Shingo and I first talked about playing together at Otto’s Shrunken Head, a Tiki bar, where a T Rex cover night was happening. Christina was the first person to answer when we needed a bass player. As it turned out she was really good.
Books we would recommend….
I don’t know about those two, but I would like to recommend Tales of Ordinary Madness by Bukowski and Moby Dick.
Can you tell us about the process you use in regards to writing songs….
I write the songs to almost absolute completion and bring them out to be either OKed or rejected by the looks in Xtina and Shingo’s eyes. We’ve recorded everything in a small, secluded practice space in a shitty area of Brooklyn with the help of Matt Clarke and his trusty, portable recording studio. Me and Matt mix the stuff at his apt., comparing each song to an influence band, and matching the sound of our production to theirs.
Our craziest gig was …..
the second to last one. I was hungover and exhausted from working doubles, and I ended up telling as many stories as we played songs. It was a monument to an alcoholic, poverty stricken, overworked, typical, modern New York lifestyle. When it was over I was buckled over in stomach pain for some reason, but I was very proud of the show as an artistic-type statement.
If you could travel back in time for any music scene….
Music and art should reflect the artist’s surroundings, so I don’t see a use in time travel for art’s sake.
What was playing at home when you where growing up….
I dunno, horse shit? My mom liked Julio Iglesius. My dad played clarinet in the Navy, so we did grow up with some cool records. I liked his Get Off Of My Cloud record by The Stones and Santana. I stared into that etching on the Santana record endlessly. Mostly he had folk and Supremes shit though.
tunes your currently playing….The tunes I listen to are numerous. I don’t get hung up on one or a couple of songs like some people do. Modern bands I like include Danny and The Darleans, Ar Kaics, LA Witch, Burnt Skull, Black Bug…I like Acid Baby Jesus’ new song Vegetable. I like that Hunx song Bad Skin. Bloodshot Bill is great, Subsonics…
What band would you like to open for…
I would love to open for the Blues Explosion. Living, NYC legends. I’m going back to your time travel question though; I would kill to open for Dead Moon.
Any advice to kids who are just picking up their guitars or banging on drums for the 1st time….
I have taught guitar to kids before. First you learn the major scale and how it informs you about chords, other scales and song structures. Then maybe I’ll say something about the difference between art and commerce. Also I’d say “Give it up kid” and ash my cigar on their head.
Last thoughts….Rock should be taking the low to new highs, not the high to new lows.
DEEP FROM THE CAVERNS OF NEW YORK CITY ARISES A SOUND OF GARAGE, NAY, CAVE ROCK … FLOOR THUMPING AGGRESSION AND DISTORTION, PENETRATING VOCALS AND BEASTLY KICKS, CHURCH BATS ARE HERE TO DROP THEIR FIRST 7″ ON YOU, YE “GENERAL PUBLIC “…
THIS SICK A-SIDE IS FOLLOWED BY WINDIAN’S FIRST INSTRUMENTAL B-SIDE, A GREAT TRACK TO TAKE REFERENCE OF EVERYTHING YOU’VE BEEN DEALT SO FAR …
Be sure to visit Windian Records to pick up this years box of singles…