Album Stream: Bats & Mice – ‘PS: Seriously.’

Bats & Mice returns from a 12-year hiatus with the triumphant PS: Seriously. LP for Lovitt Records.

On May 31, Bats & Mice release their first LP in 12 years, PS: Seriously., for Lovitt Records.

Ben Davis says, “PS: Seriously. evolved from meditative instrumental loops into anthemic songs about overcoming the everyday struggles we all face. We started working on this record just by playing along to a single guitar loop for an hour to jam out the direction we wanted to take. Just getting lost in a trance, living in the groove, and seeing what came out of it, rather than trying to craft some intricate song structure. The result is a straightforward heartfelt record that pulls no punches.”

In 2012, two of the founding members of the seminal punk trio Bats & Mice stepped into the studio to start work on their follow-up to 2010’s Back In Bat EP. Then, between babies and careers, life happened, and the project went dark for almost a decade.

Bats & Mice is a band that has quietly crept through the music world. Three members of Sleepytime Trio originally formed the band: Jonathan Fuller (Engine Down, Denali), Dave NeSmith (Rah Bras, Committees) and Davis (Milemarker, Committees). They began writing songs together in a new style that pursued their hardcore roots coupled with a more dark and winding sense of melody. However, the music still maintained the energy and drive of their previous efforts. This line-up produced Bats & Mice’s first work, a self-titled EP released on Lovitt Records in the fall of 2000, to critical acclaim.

Friends Daron Hollowel and Ash Bruce from the band 400 Years joined for a stint in which ‘Bats’ wrote and released the full-length album titled, Believe It Mammals, on Lovitt in the spring of 2002. That line-up toured to support the LP across the U.S., playing with Fugazi, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, 90 Day Men, Denali, and Gregor Samsa.

In 2004, Luke Herbst joined the band on drums, and the band toured Europe in support of a new EP titled A Person Carrying a Handmade Paper Bag is Considered as a Royal Person. Jonathan Fuller rejoined the group and helped write and record the Back In Bat EP, released in 2010.

Soon after, Mark Oates (from Wailin’ Storms) took over the drums for Jonathan and helped write new songs as the band headed into the studio to record the basic tracks for an LP in 2012.

In early 2023, the band reconvened in Chapel Hill North Carolina’s Warrior Sound to rework the original tracking and finish the 10-song full-length record, PS: Seriously. Get the record here.

Bats & Mice have an album release show planned. Details below:

Album Release Show: June 1, Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC, w/Sweet Home and Treasure Pains

Photo by Kent Corley

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