Review – Apocalypse Meow – Bats!Bats!Bats!Bats!Bats!

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By: Nick Habisch

The majority of Punk music tends to revel in the idea of “raw” sound. Whether this be in a sloppy style of play, gritty recording, or just a dirty aesthetic, this seems to be a backdrop of punk music, and with Bats!Bats!Bats!Bats!Bats!, Apocalypse Meow embraces this idea fully.

Starting off with the title track, the Minnesota group turns up the guitars and lets loose. Although not as ear-splitting or brash as other Punk groups, don’t let the relative smooth singing and toned down guitars fool you, it’s still punk music. The recording is raw, almost borderline bad, and the guitars stick to pounding out rhythms with the occasional lead sneaking its way in.

The vocals are relatively calm, with only an occasional shout or exclamation, instead staying relatively smooth and almost monotone. This tends to subtly interfere with the music, as it brings a slowed down quality to Apocalypse Meow, which might alienate some listeners and appeal to others. It really comes down to what you want out of this band: The upbeat Punk music or the smooth low-key Rock side. Both qualities are present and it gives a nice sense of variety to Bats!Bats!Bats!Bats!Bats!.

All of the four songs on this EP are under 3:30, which gives the record a nice quick listening ability. It minimizes some of the issues that might have come with a longer record, notably the monotone vocals and relatively simple songwriting. The short run time allows Apocalypse Meow to arrive and leave like the last train at the station, before you really can reflect on flaws or annoyances, it’s already over.

Check out Bats!Bats!Bats!Bats!Bats! At: http://apocalypsemeow.bandcamp.com/album/bats-bats-bats-bats-bats

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