One of Boston's finest and newest bands called Bat House, who haven't really released any properly recorded music for sale purposes until now, with their new song and single "Patterns". Bat House is one of those up-and-comers you should definitely keep an eye out for, because they may just fly away without you never noticing their existence.
1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Bat House was inspired by the basement DIY scene in Boston. The four of us were friends in school and started playing together in the spring of 2014. Our chemistry instantly sparked and forming a band together was a natural progression. Throughout the summer of 2014, we began writing in an underground rehearsal space called the Sound Museum. This rehearsal space was where we developed our sound and our first handful of songs until we all moved into a house together. Deemed the ‘Banana Hammock,’ this house was where we recorded our first EP titled ‘ghosts’ and solidified our roots in the Boston DIY community. For two years, we threw shows for touring bands from all over the country. We wrote about half of the record and recorded guitars and vocals for the LP in this house.
2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?
The inspiration for our name comes from the Sugarloaf Key Bat Tower, also known as The Perky Bat Tower, that was built in the Florida Keys in 1929. As a Florida native, Shane has frequented The Keys with his family and had been told many stories of the spooky structure.
The tower was constructed in the hopes that it would help control the mosquito problem in the Lower Keys. Whenever the bats were introduced to the tower, they flew away, never to return. It was meant to be a roost for bats that would eat the mosquitoes that spread malaria.
Perky's Bat Tower stands at the end of an unmarked dirt road on Sugarloaf Key as a striking, albeit unsuccessful, monument to both biological pest control and cross-species design.
3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
Boston is home to a wide range of both burgeoning and established acts. The DIY basement scene really pushed us to form Bat House and is an incredible incubator for all sorts of different types of projects. Some of our local favorites are Dent, Black Beach, Dazey and the Scouts, and Model/Actriz.
4. How would you describe your style?
Our music is dynamic in the sense that it is technically complex yet emotionally driven. It’s chaotic, but still has ‘pop-esque’ sensibilities within the melodies. Our live shows incorporate raw, emotionally charged performances featuring floral or brightly patterned clothing, other-wordly visual projections, and samples between songs.
5. Why did you think that “Self-Titling” your album was the right thing to do?
The music was written between the time first started until about one year agp, during which a lot has changed in our music and in our own personal lives. So, we felt that putting a formal title on this period and on these songs would be limiting them and doing them an injustice.
6. How come “Patterns” was made into a single, will we be seeing anymore songs be made into singles off your self-titled album?
“Patterns” is the very first tune we’ve written as Bat House. This song has, in many ways, shaped the band’s sound and inspired the overall direction for this album. We play it as the opening tune for almost all of our live performances -- it’s fundamentally very important to us. It only seemed appropriate that we’d announce the album with it. You can absolutely expect to hear more songs soon!
7. Will you be playing any shows and touring, have anything planned?
We have some plans in the works for early 2017 and we’re hoping to hit the open road again this summer -- keep an eye out for announcements coming soon!
8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?
In our immediate future, write and record new tunes, play lot of shows in familiar and unfamiliar places, and continue to develop our live show.
9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Bandcamp! Spotify! Literally any music consumption portal on the internet!
10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?
A predominant amount of this record was made in our home in Boston. With the exception of the recording of the drums and bass, the rest of the album was recorded, mixed, and produced in our basement, our bedrooms and hallways by us. This record is one hundred percent a labor of love crafted by our own hands.