The Bats Profile

Michael Higgins
29 May 2013

The Bats are a glorious anomaly. They have endured for three decades without a line-up change in an industry where bands crash and burn without leaving the practice room.

There are also few acts in the Flying Nun canon that inspire descriptions like sweet, gentle and lovely; but their intelligent, folky/country inflected jangle pop has regularly been framed in these terms – which isn’t to say that they don’t have a darker side.

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Robert Scott and Malcolm Grant, 1984
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Chicken Bird Run (Live performance at the Gluepot in Auckland, New Zealand, 14 September 1990) Bob Sutton Collection
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1995 Flying Nun publicity shot, taken in Christchurch's Hagley Park
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Robert Scott, Malcolm Grant, Kaye Woodward, Paul Kean
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North by North
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The Bats in November, 1989: Malcolm Grant, Kaye Woodward, Paul Kean and Robert Scott
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Zippy's Last Tour, February 1985
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Made Up In Blue
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The Bats and Wreck Small Speakers On Expensive Stereos at The Captain Cook, December 1984
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The Spill The Beans EP cover from 1994
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Simpletons
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Paul Kean, Kaye Woodward, Malcolm Grant and Robert Scott in the mid-1980s
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The Bats in a Flying Nun publicity shot from August 1994, used for the release of the 1995 Couchmaster album
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The Bats at The Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
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The Bats, 1984: Malcom Grant, Robert Scott, Kaye Woodward and Paul Kean
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A 1986 tour poster after the return from Europe
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A montage of early shots of The Bats, Christchurch circa 1983
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Malcolm Grant, Robert Scott, Paul Kean, Kaye Woodward (holding Rose)
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Afternoon in Bed
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Thousands Of Tiny Luminous Spheres, the 2000 Flying Nun compilation
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Members:

Robert Scott - guitar, vocals

Paul Kean - bass

Malcolm Grant - drums

Kaye Woodward - guitar, vocals