Melbourne’s BATTS today releases her new single Shame the first music to arrive from the Radio 1 and Radio X-supported artist this year, following 2017’s well-received 62 Moons EP. BATTS (aka Tanya Batt) has also announced a string of London dates including a headline show at Notting Hill Arts Club on May 6 as part of Communion Presents.
Though the Britpop-tinged insouciance of Shame marks a musical departure from the more ambient sounds of 62 Moons, it further mines BATTS’ deep interest in all things related to space. 62 Moons itself was informed by NASA’s release of previously unheard sounds recorded in outer space, whilst Shame now dryly imagines a failed human attempt to colonise another planet, “Maybe Saturn, Jupiter or Mars / Where Bowie watches us from the stars”.
Lyrically, the song is about BATTS’ view of the world and the idea that humans continue to think if they were to colonise a different planet – Mars – it would turn out any different. Also, the song is about wanting to see more acceptance and positive change.
Alongside the release of 62 Moons – which secured airplay across Radio 1, KCRW, Radio X and Triple J – 2017 also saw BATTS sign to THAA Records and tour alongside the likes of Timberwolf, nyck and The Teskey Brothers. Alongside Shame, BATTS will release further new music throughout 2018, ahead of a debut album due in 2019.
UK Tour Dates
May 6 | Notting Hill Arts Club, London
May 8 | The Waiting Room, London w/ Cub Sport
May 9 | The Waiting Room, London w/ Cub Sport
May 20 | The Aussie BBQ, Hoxton Sq. Bar & Kitchen, London