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Batrider

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Word spread fast about Batrider, the once-new kids on the Wellington rock n roll block. Their appeal is such that at their recent gig in a tiny Cuba Street bar, many punters who had tickets for The D4's long-awaited return across the road were reluctant to leave!

Batrider is Sarah Chadwick, Julia Rouse, Tara Wilcox and Toby Morris. Sarah and Tara played together in a band, Teen Town Ace, while at Hamilton Girls High School. Julia - who attended the same school - had a band called Vixen.

All three moved to Wellington where Sarah and Julia flatted with Toby, and so, just over a year ago, Batrider was born. They began gigging in March and quickly became a capital must-see.

With songs ranging from the tortured loveliness of Vulture to the frantic paced Rich Man and swaggering torch song, Dirty, Batrider's sound is defined by Sarah's gravelly, intense vocals that achieve moments of great beauty. Combined with a solid rhythm section and interesting song structure, audiences are kept on their toes.

Toby's turn behind the mic is always a crowd pleaser, the mild-mannered cartoonist by day transforming into a convulsing rock demon as he belts out his song, Ark de Triumph.

"Most of the time Julia or Sarah will have an idea for a song, either a musical idea or an idea about the structure. We'll then jam with it and practice it until it feels right," says Toby.

A nine-date national tour with Die! Die! Die!, introduced Batrider to audiences outside the capital and tested the band's road-worthiness.

"It was good to play out of our comfort zone, in venues we were not familiar with and people we didn't know. It was a good experience. There were a couple of really small gigs, which were good to do," says Toby.

Meanwhile on the recorded front, a gorgeous acoustic version of Dirty features on the Volume CD (on Blink's label Hum).

Band Members:
Sarah Chadwick (vocals, guitar)
Julia Rouse (guitar)
Tara Wilcox (drums)
Toby Morris (bass)

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Batrider in Australia
Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:04 am
SYDNEY - FRIDAY 16th @ CLUB 77
77 William St (Kings Cross)
with Actor/Model + Guns Are For Kids
EARLY SHOW!!! 8PM START
BATRIDER ON AT 10PM SHARP!

MELBOURNE - SATURDAY 17th @ THE FORUM THEATRE
with THE DIRTY THREE!
THIS IS AN EARLY SHOW!!
BATRIDER ON AT 8PM
 

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RE: Batrider @ Indigo 11/11/03
Posted: Wed Sep 8, 2004 10:16 pm
batrider are seeeeeeeeeexy
 

jono

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Batrider @ Indigo 11/11/03
Posted: Sun Nov 9, 2003 3:59 pm
If you live in the Wellington area and you haven't seen one of nz's most promising bands then get down to Indigo's on tuesday night to see Sarah and the tribe rip it up. Also on the card are The Accelerants and DJ Knave Knixx.No cover.
 

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