Killer garage duo bat fangs exist for two specific reasons. One, Ex Hex bassist Betsy Wright and Flesh Wounds drummer Laura King were out of season with their usual projects and wanted to collaborate. And two, to quote Wright, “Who doesn’t like monsters?”
Stirring up a concoction of eerie psychedelia, the new project’s debut album draws inspiration from songs like “The Monster Mash” and “Mr. Crowley” while combining the raucous sensibilities of Ex Hex and Flesh Wounds. Lyrically, the phantasmagoria shines through on songs like “Wolfbite” and “Fangs Out”. bat fangs is just a pure rager.
The pair will bring their self-titled album to Great Scott tomorrow night (May 31) with Shepherdess, where they may boost more riot groups.
“We met when Ex Hex was playing a few gigs with Mac Macaughan’s (Superchunk) solo project, The Non-Believers,” Wright said. Vanyaland from when she first saw King. “I saw Laura play so I knew she was a badass! I was writing songs and looking for a drummer and she was one of the people I contacted. Her response was by far the more enthusiastic, so that was exciting, and there was no doubt that she was a great drummer. We jammed a lot to parts of songs that I had, and then we arranged stuff together and eventually had enough of stuff to record.
While King retained his role as drummer, Wright became the band‘s lead guitarist and vocalist. After playing bass with Ex Hex and doing some of their main vox, Wright has thankfully settled into center stage.
“We certainly had no trouble recording and writing with just two people – in fact, it was probably easier than doing it with more people. Live, we have a bassist to round out the sound,” says Wright. “[Playing in Bat Fangs] was fun but a little more challenging as I have a lot more trouble with guitar solos and then jumping into vocals. I sing leads on a few Ex Hex songs, so I was used to that. “
The new formula not only works, but slices through the monotony of modern rock with each track strategically honed, jagged with offbeat energy and mystical motifs. Wright credits the success to her natural chemistry with King. “It definitely never would have happened if I hadn’t met Laura – once we got together our creativity flowed and it was only a few months before we headed to the studio,” he adds. she.
Now they are coming our way.
BAT FANGS + SHEPHERDESS :: Thursday, May 31 at Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave. in Allston, MA :: 8:30 p.m., 18+, $10 in advance and $12 at the door :: Advance Tickets :: Bowery Boston Event Page :: Facebook Event Page :: Featured photo by Soleil Konkel