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PREMIERE: BATS’ Venemous & Otherworldly ‘Beirut’ Is Here

Throw back to October last year where BATS took us by absolute surprise with their cutthroat and venomous debut album, ‘Truthless Faithless‘. It spawned some incredible sludge rock numbers like 24 Hours and Truthless—two roaring, pounding instant classics from the Perth group’s debut. Today, BATS give us the exclusive premiere of their new single Beirut and its wildly apocalyptic video.

Beirut follows this theory to a tee. Flawlessly pounding drums—like, seriously, they don’t let up—and stacks, upon stacks of rigged guitar riffs. From one end to the other, Beirut powers on the acceleration—putting it’s rusty foot to the metal and taking you for one powerful, exhilarating ride for 2-and-a-half-minutes. It’s climax towards the back half of the track is unrivalled in power—something Queens of the Stone Age still wish they had. The song speaks of society always telling us to fit in.

The song is about the impending doom for some, of fitting in with modern society and the conscious decision to get outta here. Why go to Beirut you ask? Well why not,” says vocalist Michael Paver.

As for the video, well, strap yourself in for a whirring, highly psychedelic ride. The visuals on offer are totally otherworldly—matching BATS’ already alien and psychotic rock tendencies. It’s handled by a local digital artist by the name of Timzah—think Bojack Horseman if it had its own version of The Simpsons’ ‘Treehouse of Horror’ saga.

West Coast’ers, catch BATS on Anzac Day eve next week at Mojos with a stack of sick bands including Mal de Mer, The Psychotic Reactions, Brayden Sibbald and more. They’ll also be launching the vinyl release of their album at Rhubarb Records alongside Shaus and Aborted Tortoise. Stream Beirut below.

Read our full review of BATS’ debut album, ‘Truthless Faithless’ HERE.

BATS Live Dates

Mojos, Perth
Rhubarb Records, Perth

Written by Jake Wilton