Exciting news, folks! Batfarm will be releasing their second single, “Now That You’re Gone” from their forthcoming (as of yet untitled) EP on May 21st! The song is an emotive ballad about being left in the wake of a loved one’s suicide. An advocate for mental health awareness and a sufferer of depression herself, singer Alexx Calise and Batfarm are trying to bring to light the often uncomfortable subject of suicide, and the consequences that many loved ones are forced to suffer when someone needlessly takes their own life.
This powerful song was recorded in part at Batfarm Studios and at Ultimate Studios in Panorama City, CA.
Batfarm will be joining longtime friends, Calling Kings at Petie’s Place in Tarzana on Thursday, May 16th for Mixtape Presents. Tickets are $5 at the door, and there will be a raffle and drink specials all night long! Batfarm plays at 10pm, but make sure to get there early for Calling Kings’s set at 9pm.
Great news everyone! Our new single, “Get Out” is officially available via all major online retailers including iTunes today! This is our first original single as Batfarm (we released a cover of “6 Underground” by Sneaker Pimps late last year), and we are so damn proud of it!
The single was recorded at Ultimate Studios by our good buddy, Charlie Waymire and also features some of our good friends, like Keith Brinkley, who laid down that funky ass bass track, and Rob Johnson who lent his vocals on some harmonies. The song went through a few incarnations as all of us are perfectionists and weren’t completely satisfied with the original mix, but hey, that’s showbiz! We hope you all enjoy it and that it also helps you battle those pesky demons too.
I know it’s been a while since our last post, but both Dennis and I have both been sick with this whole super flu that’s been going around. As I (Alexx) write this, I am bundled up in about 6 blankets and am completely immobile. I feel bad because Dennis had to set up and film a lot of today’s video by himself as I’ve been laid up. However, tomorrow I will (sick or dead) be filming this video if it’s the last thing I do. In addition to filming the video this month, we will also be rehearsing up a storm for our next show at Viper Room (it’ll be our first show in several months as we have been busy recording and filming videos). We are excited to be playing with Aeges and Franky Perez on March 29th. You can get your tickets here! More updates soon on our progress with everything! Also, we will be adding stickers and buttons to our merch page, so stayed tuned for that as well!
Hi all! Apologies for the break in Batfarm blogging (how about that for alliteration?), but it’s actually because I’ve been writing for a plethora of other publications (I know, I’m sorry…I cheated). In addition to doing social media/marketing at GHS Strings, I’m now also covering social media for Roswell Pro Audio, and I’ve started writing for Music Connection, Guitar Girl and Bass Musician Magazine. It’s all been a super positive experience, and I’ve gotten to interview a ton of great artists (such as Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob, Jason Krause of Kid Rock, Justin Aufdemkampe of Miss May I, and more) and see a lot of cool shows, including Alana Davis’s at Hotel Cafe recently (be on the lookout for my review, coming soon!). As far as Batfarm is concerned, Dennis and I have been hard at work conceptualizing a video for what will be our first single, “Get Out.” Because we’re Batfarm, and we love a challenge (even if it kills us), we’re learning the Adobe Creative Suite so that we can create an animated video. We can’t say much more than that, so be patient young grasshoppers. We’re hoping to have that done in a few weeks. We’ll also be scheduling a single release show in the next month or two so that a) you can hear the new song and b) say hi to us. I know, we’ve been holed up too much in the studio, and we miss all you guys. Til then, keep checking back! We will also have some new merch up on our store in a few days! Rock on!
This year’s NAMM was an extraordinarily fun and productive one. It also marks my (Alexx) 1 year anniversary with GHS Strings as their social media/marketing manager. As always, it was great fun catching up with old friends, making new ones, and of course scoping out all the new gear the show has to offer (whenever I had a free minute of course. Who am I kidding? I really didn’t see much of anything aside from the GHS booth). In particular, I was very impressed by Lace Pickups, who I was introduced by Brian Klemm of Suburban Legends. I am hoping to finagle one of their glitter-gold glam pickups for my glitter-gold Airline guitar because it’s (duh) a match made in heaven, so cross your fingers that my powers of persuasion will work on them. We also had some great demos at the GHS booth from Doyle Dykes, Stu Hamm, Tengger Cavalry, Johnny Zostant and Rob Leines, and I had a blast hanging with my good friends Dan Corey, Dan Hegarty, Anabel Dflux, and Calling Kings (who we’ve played a number of shows with) at the Schecter Party on NAMM Saturday, which featured performances by Silvertomb (included members from Type O Negative and Agnostic Front) and Ice-T’s Body Count (I had no idea he had a thrash metal band–f’n awesome!). Dennis and I did the usual Hilton hangs a majority of the nights, and even caught some of our buddies in Love and a .38 play (we played with them for their EP release party last year). Side note: It’s completely irrelevant, but my hotel was absolutely bitchin’, and had a king-sized bed, and a very ostentatious bunk bed. Anabel, our Batfarm photographer was my roomie for the show, and like the good friend that I am, I took the bed.
We’re excited to announce that we will be doing yet another photo shoot with our absolute favorite photographer, Anabel Dflux in the next few days. Anabel has been Batfarm’s resident photog of sorts, and nearly every live or promotional photo that we’ve ever posted has been snapped at one point or another by Anabel. I actually interviewed her a little while ago about her experience for GHS Strings’s website. It’s a great article for aspiring photographers, especially if you’re really interested in concert photography particularly. Definitely check it out, and also be sure to stay tuned for new photos!
Well, “Get Out” is FINALLY finished (or at least we hope. We said that last time, haha). I re-tracked all the original vocals and harmonies we had on there, and added some more sass. We also brought in my good buddy, Rob Johnson, who I work with in Sensitive Robot to track some lower harmonies since poor Dennis was sick and had laryngitis. Rob killed it as always; he’s a harmony machine!
This weekend, we’ll be
heading back to the studio to mix and hopefully put this song to bed. After that’s
done, we’ll get the promo machine rolling so we can release this bad boy in
February! We think you all will really dig it! If not, well…you can “get out”.