Science in the lyrics, in the music and in the spare time. Dublin’s most precise prog-hardcore band were unfortunately set-up in Meeting House Square on Saturday, thus negating one of their most prominent traits (the loudness) and leaving them a little disconnected. Bats are a band who generally successfully peddle a bag of metal, hardcore and prog tricks in a conscientious manner to people who would never dream of listening to some of the bands the members probably listen to at home. Not being loud enough makes this a little impotent.
Still good though. These Ones Lay Eggs (from 2007’s Cruel Sea Scientist) is a bit of a magnum opus, flicking between rhythms and tempos like my mother with a remote control. You just get enough of each part to be interested, then it moves on. It’s like this with most Bats songs, These Ones Lay Eggs is just particularly excellent.
Apart from that one, my highlight of the set was the singer (who is always recognisable in public because of the Anticon t-shirt that appears to have fused to his torso) dedicating a song to “the people at CERN who are doing an amazing job”. To break the universal silence, I may have shouted “yeah!”. And then looked up what it actually did when I woke up the next morning.
So there you have it. Bats. Pedagogical progcore.