Black Bats deliver a helter-skelter psych-rock adventure with new track, ‘Mild Heat’

Black Bats deliver a helter-skelter psych-rock adventure with new track, ‘Mild Heat’

Words by Tom Parker

‘Mild Heat’ gives a taste of the band’s forthcoming sophomore album.

Black Bats are another member of a hasty Melbourne psych-rock wave that’s seen the likes of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Stonefield, The Murlocs, ORB, Beans and Buried Feather announce themselves as inspired wah-driven explorers.

As they gear up for their sophomore album, Black Bats have just dropped their second single. ‘Mild Heat’ kickstarts with a steady groove before exploding into a helter-skelter adventure that brings to mind revered LA rockers Allah-Las at their most frenetic.

Alongside the new track comes a kaleidoscopic film clip that visually echoes the fuzz-laden expedition. Like taking some LSD and letting yourself go, Black Bats invite you to explore the greater reaches of your imagination – the video is prismatic and harlequin and as you try to focus on the obscured human figures, animated fish wander in and out to catch you off guard. Is this a dream?

‘Mild Heat’ follows on from ‘Seven Day Blues’, the lead single from Psychic Retreat, an album that sees the band venture deeper into the realms of garage, punk and western psych. With a September release date and another single to come, anticipation is brewing for album number two.

Check out the video below:

Black Bats’ new single, ‘Mild Heat’, is out now via Cactus Records. Keep up to date with the band via their Facebook page.

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