Barstow Bats have shared stages with Primal Scream, The View, Nile Rodgers, John Power, Emma Pollock and Honeyblood, graced the main stage at The Wickerman Festival, headlined the world famous King Tuts in Glasgow and have amassed a cluster of appearances at Scotlands best festival for new music, Electric Fields.
Led by songwriters Andy Rendall (guitar, synth, vocals) and Steven McKie (guitar, vocals) and anchored by Barry Gemmell (bass, vocals) Jonny Tait (drums) and Felix Waterhouse (Keys/Synth), the Bats know exactly where they’re going.
With all the steel you’d expect from a bunch of Scottish lads and a bohemian style that you perhaps wouldn’t, their sound has influences from across the last 50 years. Yet there’s an undeniable and brilliantly stirring ‘Bats’ sound – that ranges from the irresistibly catchy to the
enchantingly dark and distant.
The group released their debut E.P in December 2013 and debut album Lyver Riots in 2016. With the single The Business being released in 2018, they hope to keep momentum going with a further release late in 2019.
It’s a partnership that can be traced back to the earliest school days – an understanding that’s
grown on scrappy football pitches, across pub pool tables and in smoky rehearsal rooms.