Alexx Calise and Dennis Morehouse were exposed to music from a very young age. They’ve been feeling the effects ever since.
Comprised of Calise an introspective lyricist and “harmony machine”, and Morehouse, a masterful arranger and sound manipulator, Batfarm is a two-piece alternative rock band whose sound can be best described as “darkedelic”. The multi-instrumentalists keep it small not only for efficiency’s sake but also to craft the music they want without diluting the formula.
Though the two were from completely opposite ends of the country, they met in LA through a mutual friend. Realizing immediately that there was chemistry between them, the two began seeing each other. They initially tried to keep their romantic relationship separate, but collaborating on music was inevitable.
A few years into dating, Dennis was asked to write some music for an indie movie. He approached Alexx to help with the song, and they immediately found that they also had amazing musical chemistry. Following that project, they started working on music for licensing together. What they discovered was that they weren’t just developing songs; they were creating a sound that could really be something.
However, a myriad of things began to happen over the course of the next few years, which forced the project to be put on indefinite hold. Alexx’s song “Cry” took off thanks to a placement in a major TV show, forcing her to really concentrate on her solo career, and her brother passed away suddenly. Dennis started touring heavily with Marc Ford (Black Crowes) and Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses) and pursuing other musical ventures. The pair inevitably started to grow apart and decided to end their romantic relationship.
The story does not have a tragic ending, however, as the pair decided to reconnect and record a few covers for fun some years later. Realizing that there was something still there at least musically, they decided to take those songs they wrote all those years ago, and perform them live…And so, Batfarm began.
Music has always been the constant and the glue for this powerful duo, and you can see their undeniable connection on stage and in person. Combining Alexx’s grunge and blues influences with rich, choral soundscapes and Dennis’s love of industrial, funk, and psychedelic music, Batfarm creates a sound that is like everything and nothing at once.
While the music itself is serious, they don’t take themselves too seriously, and they hope that the darkness of some of their own personal experiences will help others find their own light.