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Broken back-drop for Bats

SARAH ARGYLE
Last updated 05:00 10/09/2012
The Bats filming a music video for their new album – from left, Malcolm Grant, Robert Scott, Kaye Woodward, Paul Kean and director Mark Swadel.
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FULL PICTURE: The Bats filming a music video for their new album – from left, Malcolm Grant, Robert Scott, Kaye Woodward, Paul Kean and director Mark Swadel.

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Christchurch rock band The Bats are back and using their home town's broken heart as the back-drop for their latest music video.

The group, formed in 1982, have been on a break from music but have returned with a new album Free All The Monsters and the single Simpleton.

Originally they did not want anything earthquake-related in the song's video, but decided it was important to chronicle Christchurch in its current state and got permission to film in the central-city red zone.

Director Marc Swadel said the choice was a mutual one by him and the band.

“There are so many nicely cleared spaces with empty buildings. It's quite cinematic and evocative. Where there were once stories, there is now a re-start waiting to happen.

“Oddly enough the song lyrics are unrelated to the earthquake but the separate imagery of the song and the space will make it interesting to watch."

The Bats describe Simpleton as a song about self-awareness.

Yesterday's filming was drummer Malcolm Grant's first trip back to the central city.

"No matter how much you see it on the television, being so close is still so affecting."

The band have previously toured America with big-name British bands Radiohead and The Buzzcocks.

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