|Bat Country — Love’s the Only Engine of Survival (2013)|
Bat Country — Love’s the Only Engine of Survival
♣♣ Seattle's one and only licensed purveyors of genuine, undiluted, 100-proof Doom-Americana, Bat Country creates a unique, raw, yet hook-laden brand of noir heavily influenced by Tom Waits, Neko Case and Leonard Cohen. They are currently waiting outside your window with rusty shovels to bury you in the creeping existential dread of their pretty melodies. This is all ye know and all ye need know.
Recommended if You Like: Leonard Cohen, Neko Case, Tom Waits
Location: Seattle, Washington
Album release: June 15, 2013
Record Label: CD Baby
01. For a Good Time, Dig Here 1:07
02. Knockin' On My Coffin [Explicit] 5:32
03. All Over Again 3:53
04. The Black Freighter 4:50
05. Ramblin' Man 3:59
06. God Had Better Watch His Back 5:47
07. Strictly Speaking 5:33
08. Show Me Your Chiclets 4:16
09. Blue Faerie 5:04
10. The Future 6:16
11. For a Goodbye, Dig Here 1:02
12. Epilogue: All Hail Horror! 6:40/13. Knockin' On My Coffin (Radio Edit) 5:32
© Copyright — Bat Country / Bat Country (091131204047)
BAT COUNTRY is:
♣ Melissa Cerise-Bullock — Vocals, Accordion
♣ Bill Cerise-Bullock — Vocals, Guitar
♣ Michael Sellars — Guitar, Vocals
♣ Jill Zirkle — Vocals, Piano, Percussion
♣ Joseph Vito Albanese — Upright Bass
♣ Adam Garnich — Percussion, Vocals
♣ Count Constantin — Violin
♣ Dan Kaplan — Saxophone, Clarinet
♣ Jack Chandelier — Drums
♣ Backing Vocals by Aaron Shay, Janine Pierce, Emma Berghammer, Devin Carlen, Jeff McNulty, Molly Brashear, Ross Brashear, Ryan Devlin, Kim West, Colin Butler, Erin Butler, Felix Butler, and Bat Country
♣ Recorded between April 2011 and December 2012 at Chophouse Rehearsal Space, The Vera Project, Killroom Studios and Joe’s Basement
♣ Recorded and Engineered by Jeff McNulty, Jack Chandelier, and Greg Williamson
♣ Accordion Tracks recorded by Scott Johnson, April 2009
♣ Produced by Jeff McNulty, Bill Cerise-Bullock and Bat Country
♣ Mastered by Dalton Brand at WaveBurner Recording
♣ Art and Photo Credits
♣ Cover Painting by Angie Lazzar (www.angielazzar.com)
♣ Frame Artwork and Title Lettering by Sarah McFarland
♣ Booklet Cover Artwork by Jon Larson
♣ Rear album cover and memorial photo: Kook Teflon (kookteflon.blogspot.com)
♣ CD tray photography: Daniel McManus (www.daniel-mcmanus.com)
Tray photo manipulation: Ron Reed
♣ Additional photography by JessyLou D'Aprile, Danny Benenovitch, Jessica Laird, Mike Stanclift, and John Wilmot
♣ Album Layout by Jack Chandelier and Bill Cerise-Bullock
♣ Founded in 2006 by vocalist Melissa Cerise-Bullock and guitarist Mikey Sellars, Bat Country grew to become Seattle’s one and only licensed purveyors of undiluted, 100-proof Doom-Americana, a unique blend of raw, yet hook-laden noir-country and neo-cabaret heavily influenced by the creeping existential dread and pretty, pretty melodies of Tom Waits, Neko Case, Nick Cave, and Leonard Cohen.
♣ After losing their bass player, “Meshugunah Joe” Albanese, in the May 2012 shootings at Seattle’s Café Racer, the band made the decision to cease performing live, and directed their energies towards the completion of an album based around tracks they had recorded with Joe before his death. Now, almost a year later, they are releasing Love’s The Only Engine Of Survival — a eulogy to the memory of their friend, and to their time together as a band.
Press: Chris Estey at Big Freak Media PR -
CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/batcountry1
Story of Bat Country’s “Love’s The Only Engine Of Survival” LP:
♣ When we began the process of recording the album in April 2011, Bat Country had existed for five years, slowly growing from its nucleus of Melissa and Mikey to become a four-piece when Bill and Jill joined, then later taking on a full rhythm section with the addition of Joe on bass and our original drummer (now general percussionist) Adam, and finally rounding out the complete sound with the addition of Dan, Costi and our current drummer Jack.
♣ In that time we had changed and grown so much that a lot of what the recording process was about, initially, was figuring out where we wanted the songs to be in their final form. After getting the initial rhythm section and guide vocal tracks down, we spent about a year — between continuing to play live, eight people’s busy schedules, and various life crises — attempting to finalize the arrangements that would turn the tracks into something we’d be satisfied with for release.
♣ When Joe died, however, after much grieving, and performing at some of the benefit and memorial shows that happened in the wake of that day, we decided to bring an end to the band as a performing entity, rather than carry on without Joe.
♣ Instead, it became a mission for us to complete the work we had begun on the album, and we were faced with the fact that the tracks from those sessions were the only useable record of our music with him that we had to work from. Luckily, of all of us, Joe was always the most consistently professional and prepared performer, and he had nailed his bass parts near-perfectly in the initial recordings, so we had an excellent foundation to build the rest of the completed album on.
♣ So, starting in August of 2012, we went into the Vera Project recording studio with Jeff McNulty and spend the next four months transforming the tracks we had with Joe into a last will and testament of the band — of our complicated and messy love for each other, of our love for Joe and his amazing soul and astounding musical talent, and of the songs that we had poured our hearts into and come to love so much over the years we were together.
♣ It is perhaps atypical for a band to take their album title from the lyrics of a cover song they’ve recorded, but, for us, “Love’s The Only Engine Of Survival” has become the only sentence that could sum up everything that matters to us about this band and this album — taken in its original context, the idea that, in the midst of unfathomable madness, chaos, and horror, Love is the only thing that will ultimately keep you putting one foot in front of the other, that will keep you standing, and will keep the people that matter most alive in any way, even if they’ve been lost to the world.
♣ We’ve learned that more powerfully, more viscerally, in the last year than any of us would ever have hoped to. It is the underpinning of everything this album is and has to say, and it is our duty and honor and privilege to share it with as many people who’ll hear it as possible.
|Bat Country — Love’s the Only Engine of Survival (2013)|
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