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Space Bats Attack Live to Air 2017.jpgA month ago Dunedin post-apocalyptic space-surf-rock guitar band Space Bats, Attack! dropped into their local University radio station Radio 1 and recorded a mesmerising set of new heavy riffing guitars/bass/drums instrumentals. They did such a fantastic job they put the live set up on their Bandcamp. Here’s the first pulverising track for your sonic exploration:

As Radio 1 video these live-to-air performances now you can also watch while you listen. Of particular significance is the fire extinguisher next to the bass drum, presumably placed there in case of spontaneous drummer combustion.

These are fantastic performances – musically complex, brutally propulsive yet lithe, full of dynamics with sonic twists and turns as effect pedals are manipulated like instruments. The video of the whole thing is a pretty compelling watch too:

Space Bats, Attack! are also a discovery point for a swathe of other noisy Dunedin guitar bands. As well as guitarist Lee Nicholson (Thundercub, and Lighting Wave effect pedal guru) you have guitarist Richard Ley-Hamilton (formerly of Males, now Asta Rangu), and the Nicholls brothers – Josh (drums) and Zac (bass). Zac is also a brilliant guitarist and along with Josh was in A Distant City, then The Violet-Ohs before forming their current band Koizilla.

Space Bats Attack_MirrorDay 25 of NZ Music Month is “The Riff” – a live recording from Dunedin’s masters of crafted outer-space noise-rock Space Bats, Attack!

They say this was recorded live at a show in Dunedin late last year and at about 2:30 am. Remarkably, all present are awake and flying as one. The way this instrumental ebbs and flows and then bursts into a breath-taking and frenetic race-to-the-end with some remarkable drumming is something else.

Here’s hoping Space Bats, Attack! have another recording mission lined up this year.

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Dunedin batcore band Space Bats, Attack! have featured a few times on PopLib with their sonic mayhem. They’ve just released another EP called ˆ”ˆ Sub​-​EP ^«^ and “Mouldy Peaches” is the first of the two tracks from it.

“Mouldy Peaches” is a fantastic slice of proggy, space-surf sci-fi. It’s mostly instrumental but does feature some processed and submerged vocal midway if you listen carefully.

As with all Space Bats, Attack! tunes”Mouldy Peaches” morphs substantially over its duration . It starts out like some kind of psychedelic Calexico-on-Mars desert-noir thriller theme then launches into an up-tempo staccato guitar refrain before the twin guitars go on a frenzied string-bending rampage in a drag-race to the end. Brilliant.




“Battlephant” is the guitar-heavy title track from the debut album by Dunedin 4-piece The Violet-Ohs, released just a few days ago.

The Violet-Ohs grew out of one of Dunedin’s finest ‘post-rock’ bands A Distant City. That band included The Violet-Ohs’ Zac and Josh Nicholls along with Nick Tipa and was a seriously mind-bending live band even before the members left High School. The Violet-Ohs also share drummer Josh Nicholls with Space Bats, Attack!, so it should be no surprise to hear a bit of each band in this album.

A Distant City played mainly long instrumentals, and Violet-Ohs have refined that into a more condensed song-based approach, without losing any of the propulsive, multi-faceted sonic adventure of their previous band.

The songs are built around the skillful & adventurous psychedelic space-rock guitar skills of Zac Nicholls but also lent a distinctive high-quality vocal sweetness by the fine voice of Nick Tipa – a choral singer in his other life.

“Battlephant” reminds me a little of a riff-heavy version of Field Music, such is the intricate, restless, genre-hoping prog-rock of these well-crafted songs, and the way the vocals are layered.

The whole “Battlephant” album is a great, confident start for the band. It’s well worth checking out, particularly if you are a fan of the heavier side of Dunedin’s rock music heritage (thinking HDU, Operation Rolling Thunder and Idiot Prayer).

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Space Bats, Attack! is the mutant brainchild of Dunedin guitarist and pedal inventor Lee Nicholson (Thundercub). He’s joined for this sonic trip through the deep space of psych-drone-prog-sci-fi-rock by Josh Nicholls (A Distant City) on drums and Richard Ley-Hamilton (Males, Mr Biscuits, Kilmog) on 2nd guitar and now Sam Hood (T54) on bass.

“Nick Cave’s Moustache” is from an upcoming album, which has been upcoming for quite a while. It’s monstrous, thundering and adds all sorts of interesting layers and sonic twitches to the psych-drone school of guitar-based noise-rock.

While we are with Space Bats, Attack! the first song from this upcoming album was a track called “DTY” back in 2013.

Someone unknown by the band put the song to a video made by a US videographer. Let’s put to one side the dubious legality and/or morality of taking someone’s music and some else’s video and combining them to post on YouTube and simply marvel at how well this works as a music video for a great, short burst of fabulous noise.