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INTERVIEW: Bat House

Answers by Nicole Pompei

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us. We’ve been doing quite well. We’re certainly very busy with shows and the album.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Cold Sun”?

“Cold Sun” is our most driving and straightforward tune. In terms of songwriting, it came together relatively quickly. We had some cool opportunities to pick the song apart and refine small sections of it as part of a classmate’s production project at Berklee. Our friend Brandon Hafetz  (Oh, Malo) worked with us on subtle changes that impacted the songs overall character quite a bit.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

“Cold Sun” is a song about the insecurities and dangers that women face, particularly when walking alone at night. The song examines the experience of a woman walking alone in the dark as a figure in the shadows passes by and follows her. She keeps running, but can’t shake these dark figures that follow her. As we reside in a city, this is a situation that we have been directly tied to through personal experience and experiences of close friends.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Perhaps ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The single comes off your new self-titled album – why naming the album after the band?

We wrote these songs over an extended period of time and each one is reflective of a different phase of each of our lives. This record represents the early ideas of Bat House. We found that the best way to collectively tie each one together would be to self-title the record.

How was the recording and writing process?

Our writing process is really collaborative and all of the tunes on the record were written in this manner—we really don’t follow the typical songwriting process. We spent a lot of time jamming over one particular groove Pompy would write on drums over a particular guitar or bass riff and then expand further from there. Each song on the record is very different—each it’s own living, and breathing entity.

Our recording process began with a very unexpected three days of tracking at the Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Boston. We had the insane pleasure of working with David Minehan (The Replacements, Paul Westerberg, Aerosmith) for our first two days of tracking and Baines Kluxen on our third day. The Rubber Tracks Studio in Boston is a really special place and we are so thrilled and honored to have been able to lay the foundational work to our record there. We worked with world-class engineers and had a lot of incredible gear at our fingertips. We tracked the bass and drums there.

A predominant amount of this record was made in our home in Boston, which is where we wrote many of the songs, rehearsed them countless times, and performed them in our former DIY basement venue. With the exception of the recording of the drums and bass at Rubber Tracks, the rest of the album was recorded, mixed, and produced in our basement, our bedrooms and hallways—all by us. We went into the creation process of this record with the intention of bringing out our songs fullest imaginable potential. We did things we may have always heard in our live performance, but may not be able to pull off in a performance setting. The addition of auxiliary percussion and synths with various delays and other effects helped to embed sections with changing vibes and characteristics. The entirety of the record has intricate stamps of the atmosphere that was so incremental in its development.

What role does Boston plays in your music?

Boston’s clink-clack noise has an effect of how noisey our music can be. The noise pollution of the city inspires the bleep bloops of the record.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Drawing inspiration from everywhere and everything allows us to channel complex emotions through unorthodox sounds and grooves. We’re inspired by many aspects of our human experience. Animation, mother nature, visual art, sounds, sights, communities, the city we live in, and the places we visit together and alone fuel us creatively.

Any plans to hit the road?

Keep an eye out for some dates this Spring!

What else is happening next in Bat House’s world?

We’re having a baby – we feel like proud parents!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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