Virginia/ Texas punk metallers Bat have announced their signing to Tankcrimes Records, with their new EP ‘Primitive Age’ available for pay-what-you-want digital release.


The brainchild of Municipal Waste guitarist Ryan Waste, former D.R.I. drummer Felix Griffin and Volture guitarist Nick Poulos, the idea for forming Bat came about in 2007 when Ryan [Waste] and Griffin met after a Municipal Waste show in Austin and got talking:


“We eventually spoke of doing a project together,” commented Ryan “Originally I was going to play all the guitars, bass and vocals and it would be a studio thing. We sat on this idea for years and humoured it every time I’d pass through Texas. It seemed too exciting to not make this a real live band so I asked Nick from our current heavy metal band Volture if he wanted on board as a permanent guitarist and it was a done deal. I would have my hands full singing and playing bass as it was.”


With regards to the recording of ‘Primitive Age’ and its musical direction, Ryan Waste went on to add:


“Nick and I cooked up a few raw demo songs, I laid down some basic garage band drums and we sent the tracks to Felix. With Felix living in Austin and Nick and I in Richmond, Virginia, it had to be arranged like that to start. Over this last summer Felix flew in town for a week and we banged out those songs with live drums and wrote a couple more on the fly. With only a few practices under our belts we recorded all the music in one day on reel-to-reel analogue tape. It was a challenge to not over analyse and nail down all live takes. It was indeed primitive. We wanted a raw sound to begin with and this turned out to be the ultimate way to achieve it.”


You can download ‘Primitive Age’ from Bat’s Bandcamp page.


Physical copies (cassette) can be ordered from the Tankcrimes online store.

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