‘Stops My Mouth’ 28th April 2014 through Hospital Samples/Kissability
UK live shows announced:
Monday 28th April @ The Shackwell Arms
Saturday 3rd May @ Live at Leeds Festival
Friday 9th May @ The Blind Tiger, The Great Escape, Brighton
“a stirring, genuinely brave single that’s destined to turn heads in the thousands” NEU
“brims with confidence, from the natty, bratty shared refrain to the roughly scrawled guitar lines.” NME
“midnight noir – a velvet, glamorous sense of the melancholic” Clash
“something rather special” Independent on Sunday
‘Stops My Mouth’ is the beguiling second single from rising stars Bat and Ball.
It’s sparse, jagged future pop full of intricate beats, iridescent guitars and shimmering synths, offset by Abi Sinclair’s scarred chanteuse delivery. It reinforces Bat and Ball’s burgeoning reputation for creating Intelligent, electronic inflected indie that’s drawn comparisons with London Grammar and Alt-J.
The single will be a joint release – through the band’s own label Hospital Samples and DJ Jen Long’s Kissability label – on 28th April 2014. An exclusive limited edition cassette will also be available through Kissability. Jen has been a supporter of Bat and Ball from the off and the band will play her night at this year’s The Great Escape.
Born in the West Country, Chris and Abi Sinclair were writing and performing in various bands from their early teens, though never together until they moved to London to study at Goldsmiths College and decided to work together artistically. In 2012 they recruited fellow Goldsmithers, Ed Burton (drums), Jamie Coe (guitar) and Harri Chambers (keyboards), and began their musical incarnation as Bat and Ball.
The autumn 2013 release of their debut EP ‘We Prefer It In The Dark’ received rave reviews in the press with The Guardian, The Independent, NME, The Line Of Best Fit, Clash, and Notion magazine amongst the music press lining up to heap praise on the band. With radio play from Huw Stephens and Jen Long & Ally McCrae at Radio 1, and John Kennedy at XFM, the band finished 2013 as one of the hottest new acts in the UK.
At the start of this year Bat and Ball performed at Koko’s in London as part of the BBC Introducing/Club NME series and the band will continue to play shows and festival dates (including The Great Escape and Live at Leeds throughout the summer. The will also play a headline show at The Shacklewell Arms on 28th April.