Batfoot! join the Teenage Bottlerocket tour this week for a few NSW shows starting in Newcastle tonight, Sydney on Saturday and Wollongong on Monday.

Tickets are available at the door if you want to head along.

The band recently released their ‘Cut The Cord‘ album on Vinyl for the first time via Atomic Brain Records and went back over the process to answer our On The Record questions this week.

If you haven’t given the album a spin, hit play below. You can grab the freshly released Vinyl online [Here] or at a show.

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ON THE RECORD INTERVIEW
Tell us about the artwork.
We were decided on our album name for some time and when spitballing ideas, we went for something gruesome along the lines of a bat giving birth to 4 baby bats with our heads on them and blood all over the place and stuff. We hit up our mate Mike Foxall, aka Fox Trotsky, of Nancy Vandal fame to do the art for us. He’s done some awesome work for us in the past, so he fleshed out the rest of the concept and knocked it all up for us. He nailed the whole lthing, including the rear image with a bat version of Jimmy on the kit which is in tribute to Teenage Bottlerocket (see art from They Came From The Shadows).

What format/s will it be released on and how will it be packaged?
The album initially came out on digi-pak CD and was released this year on 12″ vinyl on standard black, and transparent red with black splatter. The splatter turned out bloody great!

Who will it be released through, and when?
Atomic Brain Records released the CD and vinyl to Australia in early September 2017. Bloated Kat Records and Dopey Goat Records released the vinyl for the US at the same time. The vinyl version has a bonus track in tribute to Teenage Bottlerocket.

Tell us about the studio and why you chose to record there?
Everything was tracked and mixed at Michael “Feffie” Ferfoglia’s studio in Newcastle. We heard some of the amazing work he’s done with Local Resident Failure and a few other artists we like, so we hit him for the album.

Tell us about the producer / engineer and why you chose to record with them?
Feffie helped us with producing and tracked, edited and mixed everything on the album. He has an insanely good attention to detail and is a super chilled dude – especially given how musically inept we are, hah. The album was then mastered for CD and vinyl at The Blasting Room in the US.

Did you go into the writing process with a clear direction in mind?
I’m not sure about a “clear direction”, but we definitely had a focus on writing a cohesive album. Our first album Brain Dead, felt like a bunch of songs slapped on a CD. It’s a fun release but this one really feels like an album from start to finish, which is what we were aiming for. Our song writing improved between albums as well, which we put down to sheer luck because we really have no idea what we’re doing.

Were you listening to anything in particular during the writing / recording process that influenced the songs at all?
I wouldn’t say we were listening to any specific music throughout the writing/recording process, but our sound is and always has been heavily influenced by The Ramones and other classic pop-punk like Screeching Weasel and Chixdiggit!. That said, I’m fairly sure Craig would have been listening to Joshua Kadison throughout most of the process.

Were there any albums you were referencing in the studio to aim for a certain type of sound production wise?
Yeah Teenage Bottlerocket. I think we used tracks from Total or They Came From The Shadows for reference.

How long did you spend in the studio recording?
We probably spent about 10 days give or take in the studio. But the sessions were staggered over 12+ months beginning September 2014 and ending November 2015 I think.

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Tell us a little about the recording process the band used?
Jimmy was locked in a room and smashed all his stuff out on the drums in two days. The rest of the guitars, bass and vocals were tracked separately under Feffie’s watchful eye. Some extra bits and pieces like guitar lines, vocal bits and bass runs were added on the fly when someone came up with an idea.

Was this any different to previous processes you have used?
Yeah Brain Dead was recorded with drums and bass together in a room, followed by guitars and vocals.

Any guests involved? if so, who.. and what did they do?
Feffie’s partner Margot is in the first track yelling “B.A.T.F.O.O.T!” with us. That’s about it. We really wanted Pauly Shore to say something for us but he was busy munching on some grindage.

When it comes do naming the tracks, is there any particular approach or process to it all?
It was fairly straight forward. The intro track titled “!”, is about as arty as we get.

Any particular equipment outside your usual live gear used in the process?
90% of it was all our own gear but Feffie used some sweet microphones and some guitar bits were done with his guitars as well.

Any memorable studio moments?
Blasting a Dr. Pepper fuelled belch for the end of the inventively named track “Dr. Pepper” was a good laugh. There are some bits of footage floating around of various members terrorising each other as well.

Any additional tracks recorded that didn’t make the cut but may see the light of day sometime?
Yep! There’s a couple of rippers; one is a classic Ramones/Bottlerocket style tune that we’ll get to and there’s another one called She’s A Nutjob which we’ll definitely release at some point.

What track/s are you most looking forward to playing live?
We all love playing Suzy is a Psychopath. There’s Nothing Down in the Basement is one of our favourites to play as well.

How would you compare the final product to previous releases?
It’s a much sleeker release than our last album. It’s musically better, the digi-pak CD is really nice, and we are stoked with the vinyl!

Anything else you want to say or about the release?
We will have plenty of copies on 12″ and CD on our upcoming NSW shows with Teenage Bottlerocket!
We’re playing
29/09 @ Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle
30/09 @ The Bald Faced Stag, Leichhardt
02/10 @ Rad Bar, Wollongong

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