BaT In The Saddle
BaT In The Saddle will be back this year (2015) after a seemingly indefinite hiatus.
Family bereavements and personal issues seemed set to scupper the plans and good work that had been produced up until their split, but after plenty of time, reflection and soul searching, the decision was made to finish what was started.
The aim is to release 24 songs this year in 4 parts. New avenues will be explored, namely being studio based for the first time rather than working out complete songs then recording them, using processed beats and found sounds. Who knows how this will turn out but it is an exciting prospect and something that will test the band, which is never a bad thing.
BaT In The Saddle are:
Danny Bowden - Vox, Lyrics, Percussion, Stylophone, Guitar, Keys, Blues Harp and Harmonies.
'Tiff Miller' - Guitar, Vox, Keys, Harmonies, Percussion, Processed Beats and Lyrics.
Ste 'Bots' Campbell - Drums, Percussion, Remixes and Guitar.
Sam 'Mule' Taylor - Bass and Harmonies.
Mark Rinder - Synth and Keyboard.
Emily Collier - Harmonies and Cat Stuffs.
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In The Beginning...
Formed in 2011, initially as a duo, when old friends Bowden and Tiff began writing and performing together again after collaborating on other projects sporadically since the turn of the millennium.
Their mutual love of live performance and desire to create a fuller sound led to the recruitment of 'Mule' on bass, whom Bowden had collaborated with in Diego Snail. A richer sound was developing fast, though the then trio agreed the line up was not yet complete.
It was then they approached 'Bots' who had worked alongside Bowden and Tiff in the funk-punk-prog behemoth that was Tunji!. Though committing his time to other projects initially, they convinced 'Bots' of the musical direction they wanted to take and the fourth BaTITSa was recruited soon after.
A prolific period of writing and a busy practise schedule, and a 30 song back catalogue to cipher, took BaTITS into the studio to record. The recording of BaTITS debut ep 'Surreal Estate' was completed as 2012 came to an end. Sadly, this is where the road ended... Or was it!?! This will hopefully also be released this year (2015) so, get yer pennies and lugoils ready! :D BaT In The Saddle are here and more than ready to bring their infectious style to a growing audience in this new year, with over a hundred songs in the vault.
Comparisons have been made to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Fleetwood Mac, The Shins, Red Hot Chili Peppers (Standard!), Teenage Fanclub and many others. High praise indeed for them, who admit this is all very flattering if a little bemusing, though it does reflect their multiverse palette. Comparisons will always be cast but any similarities are purely coincidental. BaT In The Saddle are proud to bring their own styles and sounds to the table.
There is not much worse than seeing a band who are not into what they do and that can never be said of the BaTITS brethren. Put simply BaT In The Saddle are a band who get out what they put in and who wear their hearts and souls on their collective, proverbial sleeves.