Bats sound darker

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30th anniversary tour . . . The Bats are heading out on tour to mark the release of their ninth album and the 30th anniversary of their first album, starting with a show in Dunedin this Saturday.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Seminal Dunedin/Christchurch band The Bats celebrate the release of their ninth album, and the 30th anniversary of their first album, with a tour of New Zealand, Europe and the United Kingdom.

The tour, which marks the release of their latest album The Deep Set, will start with a home-town gig on Saturday at 8pm in Nga Maara Hall, Sacred Heart School, North Rd. Support act will be Space Bats Attack!

The Dunedin show kicks off a series of New Zealand dates, before the band heads to Lyon, France on May 31, touring through Liepzig, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, and more, then on to London on June 17.

The Bats will also return to play in Glasgow, where they recorded half of their first album, Daddy’s Highway, in 1986.

The Bats will play songs from both albums – Daddy’s Highway and The Deep Set– plus favourites from between.

The Deep Set was recorded in The Sitting Room, the studio-sleep out-garage next to Ben Edwards’ house in Lyttelton, following in the footsteps of Marlon Williams, Nadia Reid and many others.

With Edwards’ help, The Deep Set continues The Bats’ 21st century resurgence.

This is The Bats, so the chords still chug, the guitars chime, ring, and jangle, memorable melodies are clear and the rhythm section is unstoppable. But the band mines the darker, deeper sound from 2011’s Free All the Monsters.