This Is Bat Country

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This Is Bat Country
Studio album by Short Stack
Released 12 November 2010
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre Alternative rock, pop punk
Label Sunday Morning Records
Short Stack chronology
This Is Bat Country
Art Vandelay
(late release 2013)
Singles from This Is Bat Country
  1. "Planets"
    Released: 24 September 2010
  2. "We Dance to a Different Disco, Honey"
    Released: 24 October 2010
  3. "Heartbreak Made Me a Killer"
    Released: 25 March 2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Border Mail 3.5/5 stars[2]
The Music Network (favorable)[3]

This Is Bat Country is the second studio album by Australian pop punk band Short Stack, released through Sunday Morning Records on 12 November 2010. The band claims that the sound of their new music (which is a more rock sound) is not a change, but merely a progression from a more pop sound. The band has added violins to some of their songs, which are evident in the tracks "Werewolves", "Die Young, Stay Pretty", "Ruby Red" and "Wendy", but none of the members play them.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Short Stack.

No. Title Length
1. "Bat Country" 4:49
2. "The Cross" 0:34
3. "Planets" 3:31
4. "Are You Afraid of the Dark" 4:18
5. "Werewolves" (Previously released titled "Darling, I'll Be Your Werewolf") 4:02
6. "The Cannons" 0:16
7. "We Dance to a Different Disco, Honey" 3:21
8. "The Mercury" 1:04
9. "Heartbreak Made Me a Killer" 3:43
10. "Wendy" 3:55
11. "Sweet December" 3:54
12. "Ruby Red" 3:57
13. "The Thunder" 0:22
14. "Jack the Ripper" 3:02
15. "Sweet Emergency" 1:09
16. "Die Young Stay Pretty" (Additional lyrics by Shaun Jennings) 3:28
17. "Nothing at All" 5:14
18. "Are You Afraid of the Dark" (Bradie Remix; iTunes edition) 4:00


Year Chart Peak position
2010 ARIA Albums Chart[4] 6
ARIA Australian Artist Albums Chart[5] 1


The album achieved gold sales, in only its second week in the charts.

Country Certification Shipments
Australia Gold[6] 70,000+


In July 2011 the band began their month-long This Is Bat Country Australian tour beginning in Sydney. Whilst in Melbourne the band filmed their first live DVD, and took photographs from the other concerts. On 15 July in Brisbane, Shaun Diviney's guitar went on mute whilst playing "Jack the Ripper" in which he replaced the lyrics 'I'm bulletproof' with 'My guitar is on mute'. Supporting the band on their tour were also Because They Can and Heroes for Hire, who played at every concert. Shaun Diviney also became mildly ill through the halfway point of the tour. Whilst playing at Penrith Panthers, Diviney performed New York City Ballet, a single from their upcoming album. This was the first and only time they played the song on the tour.


  1. ^ Eremenko, Alexey (23 November 2010). "This Is Bat Country - Short Stack". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Horne, Jamie (9 December 2010). "Short Stack - This Is Bat Country (Universal) - Music Reviews". The Border Mail. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Album Review: Short Stack, This Is Bat Country". The Music Network. Peer Group Media. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Top 50 Albums Chart - Australian Record Industry Association". Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Top 20 Australian Singles & Albums Chart - Australian Record Industry Association". Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Top 50 Albums Chart - Australian Record Industry Association". Retrieved 12 March 2012.