Amidst the blood, cocaine, and Botox soaked tapestry of L.A., the members of Batwings Catwings hail from all over the US and converge upon the wasteland of Southern California to give underground dwellers a reason to shake and sweat. Following the release of “Endless Summer,” the first single and video from the band’s debut EP, Peacock Collection, the track was promptly remixed by Jacob Safari (Wavves, Mae Shi).
All of this music gives but an indication of the intensity of the Batwings Catwings live experience which will descend upon Austin, Texas during SXSW 2011. Batwings Catwings will make numerous appearances during the week, most notably at Dom’y Books on March 18th at the showcase of trend-setting Los Angeles punk rock venue, The Smell. As usual, Batwings Catwings is continuing to cut a path straight through the high dollar hustle of Hollywood to the art galleries and punk houses that are known by only the most discerning ears.
Fronted by the tiny, yet fierce dance commander Dana Poblete, an everygirl with the ability to entrance audiences from Los Angeles to the hell mouths of Mexico’s border towns, she is backed by guitarist and UCLA professor Pepper Glass who wields his axe with the devastating accuracy of his feared red correction pen. On the drums is L.A. blogger Clay Johnson, who cut his teeth drumming for about every metal band on the northern Midwest’s arctic front. The newest member, Josh Crampton rounds out the lineup on bass, diversifying the sound even further with his sexy funk and shoegaze influences.
Batwings Catwings’ first EP, Peacock Collection is out now IndianGold Records. Recorded at L.A.’s famous Infrasonic Studios by Daniel Haworth and engineered by Pete Lyman (No Age, Best Coast, Abe Vigoda), Peacock Collection is a totem of modernist punk – noisy as hell with a tinge of pop and a nod to the punk rock roots of the L.A. underground.