Los Angeles’ crime fighting supergroup BAT! are ready to defend their signature batrock; described by Blue Bat as “a variety of rockabilly, punk, horrorpunk, surf, and rock and roll reminiscent of The Damned, The Cramps and Stray Cats.” The powerhouse trio includes members of Nekromantix, The Brains, Rezurex and Stellar Corpses. They’ll be unleashing their 20-song debut album Bat Music for Bat People on May 10th via Cleopatra Records.
The album was recorded in their Batcave Studio by drummer Green Bat and features 15 original tracks and five psychobilly-infused covers including their renditions of Danzig (“Mother”), the king of surf Dick Dale (“Misirlou”), The Damned (“Love Song”), Gloria Jones (“Tainted Love”), Portugal. The Man (“Feel It Still”), and Panic! At The Disco (“Say Amen” (Saturday Night). In addition, honorary bats including Jyrki69 of The 69 Eyes (“Take It Off”) and rockabilly guitar legend Danny B. Harvey (“You’re Running Away”) put their twist on a track. Dread Central unveiled their first single “Revenge of the Batmask” which was influenced by Saturday morning TV shows and ‘60s garage and punk. It gets straight to the point, don’t mess with the men in bat masks.
“As we are leaning towards vigilante rock, these songs fit perfect with our agenda,” explains Blue Bat. “Fight for rock and roll and conquer our villain enemies at the same time. They’re the ones who hate rock and roll and we will do anything to bring it back. When we hear Top 40 radio now and shake our heads in shame. What has the world come to? Answer: we all need BAT! Saving the universe, we are here people. Viva BAT!”
Rene Delamuerte (Green Bat/vocalist in The Brains) and Dusty Grave (Red Bat/vocalist in Stellar Corpses) both moved to Los Angeles where they met and decided to start a record label to support the underground music scene. They kicked off the label by streaming acoustic performances on social media at the original Bat Cave in Hollywood. Followed by a duo acoustic tour of L.A. clubs including The Viper Room where they announced the name of the record label, Batcave Records. After signing a few bands and releasing a few records, Dusty and Rene decided to put on a Batcave Records showcase in Las Vegas. Their bandmates (The Brains and Stellar Corpses) couldn’t make it, so they decided to start a small project for fun and enlisted the talents of their good friend Daniel deLeon from Rezurex. Daniel dug up an old bat mask from the back of his vintage clothing store in Hollywood, sent a picture of himself wearing it along with a black fedora to the guys, and the image of BAT! was born!
BAT!’s debut appearance on April 18th, 2018 at The Dive Bar in Las Vegas, where they were joined on stage by guest guitarist, Danny B. Harvey from The Head Cat (feat. Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead) and 69 Cats (feat. Jyrki from The 69 Eyes) as well as vocal guest Annie Marie Lewis (Jerry Lee Lewis’ granddaughter) and burlesque performances by world famous fetish models Masuimi Max and Emily Marilyn. Executives from Cleopatra Records attended the show and became quickly enamored with the group’s passion, stage presence and infectious live performance, and offered them a record deal on the spot.
Since their inception, BAT! has headlined several West Coast festivals including Redwood Rumble motorcycle show in Northern California and has also supported everyone from Guana Bats to Batmobile. Due to their identifiable image along with their clever artwork and pre-existing fan base from their other bands and Batcave Records, BAT! has managed to sell out of every merch item before their album has dropped.