Bats (Irish band)

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Origin Dublin, Ireland
Genres Post-punk, post-hardcore, math rock, progressive rock
Years active 2007–present
Labels Armed Ambitions, Richter Collective
Members Rupert Morris
Craig Potterton
Conor McIntyre
Timmy Moran
Noel Anderson

Bats are a five piece rock band based in Dublin, Ireland. Formed in 2007, they are a blend of post-punk, hardcore and math rock,[1] with lyrics drawing heavily from science subject areas.[2][3]

The debut EP Cruel Sea Scientist was released in 2007 on Armed Ambition. Since forming, the band has also toured Ireland and the UK as support to These Arms Are Snakes, The Locust, Liars, Sebadoh, Chrome Hoof and Gang Gang Dance. They also toured the UK in 2009 with Blakfish, to support the release of the debut album Red in Tooth & Claw on Richter Collective. The album was recorded in Salem, Massachusetts, with Converge guitarist and producer Kurt Ballou.[4]

In December 2009, the band featured in the Christmas issue of Rocksound, making No. 75 in the Top 75 Albums of 2009 list.[5] On 26 March 2010, Bats supported And So I Watch You From Afar at their EP launch.

On 3 January 2012, Bats revealed that the title of their next album would be The Sleep of Reason. The album was released on 20 October and was the last LP release of The Richter Collective independent record label.



  • Red In Tooth & Claw (2009)
  • The Sleep of Reason (2012)


  • Cruel Sea Scientist (2007)


  1. ^ [1], BATS Bandcamp page. Retrieved on 2013-09-22
  2. ^ McArdle, Nay, Band Feature, Retrieved on 2009-12-04[dead link]
  3. ^, Review of Cruel Sea Scientist EP. Retrieved on 2009-12-04
  4. ^ Archived 1 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine., Band profile page. Retrieved on 2009-12-04[unreliable source?] Archived 1 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Archived 15 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine., Rocksound Issue 130 Xmas 2009 - Top 75 Albums. Retrieved on 2009-12-04 Archived 15 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine.