Punk rock quartet Screech Bats have announced that their sophomore EP Wish You Were Her will be self-released on 30th March 2018.

As the follow-up to 2016’s self-titled extended play, vocalist Esme Baker explains it’s inspiration: “It’s about women who have, for entirely different reasons, had a profound impact on my life, but are no longer in it. Including a feminine face in the artwork to mirror the title but somehow censor the eyes, gives the character anonymity, making whoever we are talking about a total enigma.”

Recording Wish You Were Her with James T Boom of Sonic Boom Six, often until the early hours in a Blackpool rehearsal room, the band opted to strip back to a rawer form of their sound. The result is a heart-on-sleeve alternative rock with punk rock roots, topped off with distinctly British vocals à la Lower Than Atlantis; the influence of the likes of Against Me! and Jimmy Eat World is clear. Discussing lyrical content the band reveal: “We always want to attack topics that are real, thought-provoking and unpredictable – not tired or cliché. Most of the lyrics are drawn from experience and on this EP covers the aforementioned issues with mental health and recovery, as well as death and grief, one night stands, aging, settling down and learning how and when to end a relationship once it’s run its course. We want to make dark, often ‘taboo’ topics, approachable with a positive message.”

Tour Dates:

02/03 – Guildford – Boileroom
02/23 – London – Nambucca
04/01 – Canterbury – Lady Luck
04/04 – London – The Monarch
04/05 – Guildford – Boileroom
06/02 – London – Camden Rocks Festival

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.