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Batwings Catwings

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2011
Band Rock Punk




"Batwings Catwings – “September” Video"

The energetic, guitar pop on Batwings Catwings’ Woah EP was about nostalgia without depending on nostalgia musically, which is tougher than it sounds. They’ve now released a video for their excellent song “September” which has a very back-to-school vibe. It opens with a young girl waking up and going through the routine of getting ready, with lingering shots of friendship bracelets and cigar-box pencil cases. And, of course, the most important part: playing with your cat before you take off. Nothing much happens, and it’s over pretty quick — but that’s kind of how September is when you’re going back to school and that’s a major reason why the video is so heartwarming. In the words of BWCW drummer Clay Johnson:

It’s loosely about the first day of school and actually not going ’we should never move faster than nature’ but hanging with a cat named Diego instead. The meaning is up to the eye of the beholder though of course.

Notice the name on the friendship bracelet… - Stereogum

"Batwings Catwings – “Energy” Video (Stereogum Premiere)"

Last year Batwings Catwings put out a video for their song “September.” It didn’t have too heavy of a plot, but the magic of it was in how perfectly it captured the feel of their sunny, nostalgic rock song by showing a little girl getting ready to go back to school and playing with her cat. This new video for “Energy,” the third single off the same EP, is simply a parade of awesome things arranged to reinforce how awesome the song is. That means you will see Batman and Robin headbang, Jaws eating a pizza, and Miles “Tails” Prower (from Sonic The Hedgehog) jumping around. This video has a dozen Pikachus rocking out along with Tom Hanks in the late-’80s gem, The Burbs. Did I mention Worf from Star Trek TNG shows up? Because he does. That’s how great this video is: It has Worf AND Tom Hanks. Batwings Catwings’ guitarist pretty much made the whole thing on his phone. Watch it below. - Stereogum

"New 7in. From Batwings Catwings"

Noise punk foursome Batwings Catwings is celebrating the release of its new Radio 7?, out now on Gravy. Accompanying the title track and single, “Radio,” is, “Early Exit,” and you can stream the swift little record here, or below, courtesy of Purevolume. The band will also be playing a few shows around its hometown of Los Angeles, dates for which you can see below. By comparison there’s more going on in “Early Exit” that make the references in the band’s promo literature to Prince and experimental tendencies make sense. “Radio” begins with singer Dana Poblete monologue-ing about trends for a solid minute before the rest of the band comes crashing in. As a record, it’s a taste-test, but there’s enough there to make us want the full meal. - CMJ

"Batwings Catwings - 'Early Exit'"

spoofing Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries' relationship, the appropriately wild clip is for the Los Angeles bands new single which is out now. - NME

"Week in Pop"

If you find yourself lacking noise and keyboard ya-yas in your life then get a load of Batwings Catwings strobe-edit styled video for "Early Exit." Having released their first mini-album Peacock Collection in early 2011 and later their Radio single on Gravy Records, their devotion to pop-crafting proves as strong on their B sides as their A side. Check out BC as they take on the LA scene where the band claims, "where surfing and skating are king." - IMPOSE

"New Video. Batwings Catwings. Endless Summer"

So. How is that New Year’s resolution to eat better coming along? If you’re finding yourself losing ground to the creeping paunch, Los Angeles no-wavish noise-poppers Batwings Catwings are here to help. Endless Summer is the first single from the just-released Peacock Collection EP, which was birthed at L.A.’s Infrasonic Studios with an assist from engineer Pete Lyman (No Age, Best Coast, Abe Vigoda). I can’t help but think people would have more success with their diet and exercise regimens if gyms simply played the Endless Summer video on loop in the cardio room. In fact, why stop there? Let just take things to their natural conclusion and hire Batwings Catwings frontdemon Dana Poblete and her Lydia Lunchesque pipes to teach Zumba classes. - My Old Kentucky Blog

"Batwings Catwings, ‘Whoa’ – Video Premiere"

A baby busted for Skittle possession, a mysterious bespectacled man and a law-breaking duo on a joyride: This is the cast of characters in L.A. fivesome Batwings Catwings’ new ‘Whoa’ video, premiering today on

“Don’t worry about anything, OK? I’m gonna do something really good this time,” a father tells his baby at the start of the clip, right before a ragtag team of thieves steal his car … and his child. The video has its fair share of ridiculous moments, but it’s also soundtracked by one of the summer’s best jams

‘Whoa’ is a three-chord banger that blasts along with laser-cannon guitars and anthemic cymbal smashery. On their brand-new EP, also titled ‘Whoa,’ Batwings Catwings prove they can do this brand of pop-punk better than just about anyone.

Check out the video for ‘Whoa’ below — and see if you can solve some of the lingering mysteries. Where on earth was that dad going to? How come that baby was arrested? So many questions, so many laughs. -

"Premiere: Batwings Catwings, "September" { Back to school doesn't have to be all bad. }"

In this sweet premiere for LA-based Batwings Catwings video "September", we learn to not hate back-to-school so much after all. It features a precious little thrasher who goes by Harlow as she gets ready for the return of fall and the inevitable reentry into the school year. The video makes that prospect seem more fun than frightening, especially when a lovely little cat and a handful of dandelions get involved. "September" is a joyful and noisy track, which gives the lyric "All summer, I've just been sleeping in" an underlying sadness despite all the sun-tinged bliss.

This track comes from Batwings Catwings Whoa EP, which you can pick up at this link. - Impose

"BPM Video Premiere: Batwings Catwings – “Early Exit”"

The phrase ‘early exit’ is applicable to so many different social instances, but the one that particularly caught the attention of Los Angeles band Batwings Catwings was that of Kim Kardashian’s short-lived marriage to Kris Humphries. The song “Early Exit” was not written specifically for the ill-fated couple, but with the completion of the song occurring around the same time as the divorce, even singer Dana Poblete admits that it “almost feels like [they] wrote the song for Kim K and Hump!”

As seemed appropriate, although the song was originally just a b-side to last year’s “Radio” single, they felt they needed to make a video to expand upon this connection. The band then worked with cinematographer Satomi Sugiyami and Editor Angie Meng to create an appropriately lo-fi and DIY video that incorporates the sadness of their marriage (using actual footage) with the fun of the song itself (by including nicely cut together wild shots of the band’s electrifying performances). The result is a striking video that will keep you engrossed despite its simplicity. - BPM

"Batwings Catwings - Early Exit"

LA band Batwings Catwings sort of sound like the b3sci blog distilled into a band. Lovers of punk and metal but with an affinity for top 40 and hip hop BC are definitely b3 kindred. Heavy guitar music with great pop songwriting sensibility gets us really excited. We’re psyched to debut the band’s track for “Early Exit” b/w “Radio” (which you can download here for free). - Blahblahbladscience

"New Song : Batwings Catwings : Radio"

Their greasy food-lovin’ video for “Endless Summer” first enamored us with LA-based band, Batwings Catwings. Now they’ve announced a new7? vinyl single that will be available this October 24th.

A-side, “Radio,” again recorded with band fav Eric Nordhauser at his LA-based Infrasonic Studios (No Age, Best Coast, Fools Gold, Abe Vigoda, Wavves), starts off a little more tender than we’ve come to expect from frontwoman Dana Poblete, but the track soon explodes and rages forward, ending just in time to leave you begging for more. - MOKB

"Batwings Catwings #1"

This week's TOP TEN!
1. Batwings Catwings - Radio 7" - Origami Vinyl

"Batwings Catwinings - Radio"

Los Angeles band Batwings Catwings has been on my radar for a bit here and their new 7? for song “Radio” is available on November 1st via Gravy Records. We have the title track for you to download below. It’s a good one! - One Thirty BPM

"LAmb Premieres Batwings Catwings’ New Track “Whoa”"

Don’t let the outlandish name fool you. Batwings Catwings is a rock and roll group whose energetic and catchy sound can really get the party going.

The band got its start playing grimy Los Angeles punk venue The Smell where other acts such as No Age, HEALTH, Mika Miko, Abe Vigoda, and The Mae Shi also polished their sounds. They’ve gone on to become one of the local scene’s truly on-the-brink acts, with a previous release even becoming a bestseller at legendary LA record store Origami Vinyl. - LAmb

"Batwings Catwings Unveil 'Radio' 7""

Batwings Catwings' name might be Halloween-appropriate, but their unique brand of pop-ready, grungy punk rock is anything but spooky. Raised on a combination of metal, 90's hip hop, Prince and the noise punk made famous at LA venue The Smell, by bands like Abe Vigoda and The Mae Shi, Batwings Catwings is an undeniable combination of compelling, accessible and just dirty enough to really get your blood pumping. - Purevolume

"Short Takes"

L.A.-based Batwings Catwings recently released this EP on Indian Gold Records and the band throws down 4 energetic and enticing tracks where dance-pop pep and melody mixes equally with punk rock menace and noise. The urge is great to shout along with vocalist Dana Poblete’s sing-talking exclamations, all while moshing to the dynamically churning rhythms of Clay Johnson on drums, Pepper Glass on guitar, and Josh Crampton on bass.

Dana is ready to rumble on the chanting anthem “Jealousy” as she sing-shouts “It’s getting heavy / It’s getting out of control.” The guys have an assured command of the rhythms so that the tune doesn’t devolve into messy chaos, but treads that borderline with detuned guitar belligerence that recalls “Aneurysm” by Nirvana. At one point Dana exclaims “I want your full attention.” She’s got it.

“Endless Summer” erects noisy slabs of guitar, drums, and cymbal crash on the verses, then maneuvers into a dreamy vocal chorus with Dana sighing the song title longingly. The EP’s title song is the band’s most developed number with Dana’s vocals alternating between a Kathleen Hanna-styled inflection and a moodier tone that verges on melancholic. The constantly choppy churn of guitars, drums, and cymbals keeps the energy high and reflects the modus operandi of the band. - Adequacy

"Batwings Catwings"

Their cacophonous blend of posturing post punk bass lines, obnoxiously grating vocals and oddball synths merging droney rock with doomy vocals and a fun party vibe that ultimately melts into a wavey synth dance attack, it could just be a matter of time.

- Artrocker

"Batwings Catwings"

Peacock Collection (EP) contains perhaps the most chaotic music you can possibly dance to. Batwings Catwings ferocious punk rock energy is irresistible and undeniable... - LA RECORD

"Batwings Catwings, "Energy""

"September", Batwings Catwings have compiled a host of their favorite GIFs and patched them together in a new video for "Energy". The clip provides just that—a ton of fanciful energy, showcasing sharks eating pizza and J-pop legen Kyary Pamyu Pamyu doing what she does best (act weird). The track comes from Batwings Catwings' Whoa EP, which is out now on Higher Life. - Impose

"Batwings Catwings"

“Batwings Catwings are the perfect sound for the season. (Thats like a terrible dad joke, isn’t it?) Anyway, born from the ashes of two other LA bands, Puppy Dog and TPF!, this troupe is fierce and friendly, punk and refined, happy and angry and all those contradictions that add up to the
rock n’ roll spirit.” - 20 Jazz Funk Greats - 20 Jazz Funk Greats

"Batwings Catwings – “Totally Outrageous” Video"

Batwings Catwings are a skate-rock quintet whose songs could double as the wind passing through your hair. Their new single “Totally Outrageous,” which serves as our first taste of their upcoming EP Coast To Coast, offers a muscular take on breezy pop-punk, one that encompasses the expanse between vocalist Dana Poblete’s apathetic hiss on the verses and her fired-up roar on the chorus. Lyrically Poblete’s in a fog with the shades drawn, declaring that she’s “Been sick/ Been losing it/ When the sun comes out I get up but I’m down.” Yet the band ramps up the tension of the words with palm-muted guitars warming-up into acrobatic cartwheels that bring out the energy in her tragedy. Here’s the band describing the song’s Grant Kirkpatrick-directed video: - Stereogum

"Premiere Batwings Catwings – “Totally Outrageous” Video"

Batwings Catwings are a skate-rock quintet whose songs could double as the wind passing through your hair. Their new single “Totally Outrageous,” which serves as our first taste of their upcoming EP Coast To Coast, offers a muscular take on breezy pop-punk, one that encompasses the expanse between vocalist Dana Poblete’s apathetic hiss on the verses and her fired-up roar on the chorus. Lyrically Poblete’s in a fog with the shades drawn, declaring that she’s “Been sick/ Been losing it/ When the sun comes out I get up but I’m down.” Yet the band ramps up the tension of the words with palm-muted guitars warming-up into acrobatic cartwheels that bring out the energy in her tragedy. Here’s the band describing the song’s Grant Kirkpatrick-directed video: - Stereogum

"Debut Batwings Catwings, “Breathless” { An element of refinement and appeal. }"

We tend not to give Southern California much credit, even when it’s due, but one thing they do get right is their alt-rock music. Listening to Batwings Catwings — or better yet, seeing them live — will without a doubt be the most fun you’ve had since The Offspring’s “Americana” or the days of Blink 182. Remember the music of the late ‘90s? It was a great time for Alt-Rock, full of punk-y vibes and upbeat, fast-paced music that just made you want to move around at shows.

Maybe it was partly the fact that we weren’t yet adult-ing, but shows were also a lot of fun then… We didn’t even think about de-stressing or unwinding. We ran around, kept ourselves busy, and sought out stimulation… and that exact thrill and excitement is exactly what Batwings Catwings have captured. Except better — because they have the talent of lead-vocalist Dana Poblete to set them apart.

There’s a lot that we love about their new single, “Breathless.” Their musical style takes us back to the days when, even if we didn’t partake, a mosh pit was a guarantee. Sitting wasn’t an option because the music is too enlivening, exhilarating, and will totally pump you up. But Dana’s vocals add in an element of refinement and appeal. It’s pretty in a badass way and we love it.

Listen, watch, and check out if they’ll be performing live near you (unless you’re in Japan, no such luck yet)— we’ll totally be at Long Beach. - Impose


Peacock Collection EP (Indian Gold Records)
Radio 7"  (Gravy Records)
Whoa EP (Higher Life Records)
Coast to Coast EP 12" Vinyl (Broken World Media)



Batwings Catwings was essentially born when TPF's Clay Johnson was voraciously exploring LA's DIY music scene and stumbled upon Dana Poblete, the singer of experimental "ethereal punk" band Puppy Dog, in 2009. Onstage at the legendary downtown Los Angeles venue, The Smell, she was screaming into a megaphone during a collaboration with tribal noise band Foot Village. It clicked in Clay's head that this was a magic moment. Dana, inspired by the musical creativity and dynamic live shows of local bands like The Mae Shi and Health, had taught herself how to make and perform music that would not only command people's attention, but turn them into friends.

Clay tracked Dana down and proposed starting a new band, Batwings Catwings. She was in, ready to make straight up awesome rock music that kids could get stoked on—just like what she felt in her earlier days as a teen fanatically traversing from her hometown of Virginia Beach to Norfolk, Richmond, and D.C. to catch her favorite indie and hardcore bands. The evolution of Batwings Catwings has been a natural progression back to that moment in time.

From the dancey yet dissonant sounds of their 2011 debut EP, Peacock Collection, to the arpeggiating Radio 7", to the poppy punk of the Whoa EP, their new record from Broken World Media, Coast to Coast, is the heart of Batwings Catwings—being worn on their sleeves. This band was raised on indie rock of the '90s and aren't shy about it—their 12" flaunts their unabashed love of poppy, athletic post-hardcore with more than an ounce of nostalgia. A DIY spirit with electric dueling guitars, penetrating distorted bass, fist-pounding drums, and melodic vocals—that's Clay Johnson, Dana Poblete, Ray Santillan III, Jeffrey Byron, and Cindy Sukrattanawong. That's BWCW.

But the best part? Their live shows are fierce and fun. Circle pits and high-fives. Good vibes all around. Whether they're sharing bills with METZ, Cloud Nothings, CSS, Future Islands, No Age, or their friends in underground bands like Unstoppable Death Machines or Religious Girls, Batwings Catwings is one of those rare rock bands who will look you straight in the eyes and make sure you have an epic time.

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