The Bats are a Bit of a hit

Frontman Owen Esceki tells Victoria Jack that lately it’s been nothing but Go Go Go! for Bit By Bats. Melbourne-based band Bit by Bats have just kicked off a national tour to showcase songs from their recently released debut album.

Go Go Go! has been a few years in the making, but it was well worth the wait. The album showcases the band’s songwriting talents and resonates of their visceral live energy. The Bats have been the talk of the town recently, with considerable hype surrounding the release. But judging by the glowing Sydney Morning Herald review and a front page article in last month’s Drum Media, it’s fairly safe to say the Bats are a bit of a hit.

“So far, it’s about a 50/50 result for the album, you either love it or hate it. But I’m happy with that. I think it’s a good thing,” said Owen.

“The best way to tell these days is Myspace. If people like it, they will log on and say “you’re great” because sometimes they’re too scared to come up and talk after the gigs. The reviews we got were better then we expected, so I guess that’s a good thing!” he jokes.

The album is the result of a few years of hard slog. The boys chose to work again with producer Dean Turner of Magic Dirt, who has been with them since their first EP. Recorded and mixed here at home, the album is 100% Australian made, which is pretty rare for even Aussie bands these days.

“The album itself has been recorded since mid last year. So it took us a long time to find the right people, what we wanted to do with it, and to get it ready and then once we found all that we had to work out the right time. So in some ways when I think of the songs, it reminds me of 2 years ago, being such a long process. It kinda reminds me of 2004 and 2005. But it’s great to know people still enjoy the songs,” said Owen.

“It (the album) sounds like Bit by Bats, it’s got all our quirky elements that make us a whole. It sounds fast, it sounds like an album. I think that’s the main point. You can listen to it from start to end and not get bored.”

The boys have also started to make a name for themselves internationally on their first overseas trip recently. Somehow they managed to cram it into a few spare weeks between releasing the album and starting their current Australian tour.

“We’ve just come back from Canada and the UK. It was pretty crazy, pretty amazing, but

it was really fucking cold- like minus 15 and snow in Canada. Playing to people who hadn’t seen or heard us before, starting to get on radio charts in Canada with the old EP. It was great to meet new people and experience new things,” said Owen.

The boys are currently celebrating the album with a national tour, where fans will be lucky enough to hear a unique showcase of the entire album.

”(At the gigs) we’re doing the album from start to finish. It’s more a fact of “we’ll probably never get the chance to do this again” thing. Its kinda like a celebration of the album and something special for the audience, because it’s the only time they’ll get to hear the album live all the way through,” said Owen.

The current tour is a bit of a whirlwind, stopping mainly in capital cities. However, the band is planning a more extensive tour for later in the year.

“We’re in the process of organizing a more regional tour. Probably in June/July... but we’re just trying to get through this tour first!”

For Bit by Bats tour dates click here