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:
It’s basically about having band practice but we all forget, except the bassist Josh. We are all kind of doing the things we individually like to do. Funny thing is, that in the last shot, Josh leaves the practice room and shuts the door, ironically he also left the band (good terms, still a buddy) after that video was made. We have a new bassist now, Cindy K, who will be in future videos.
Coast to Coast is out 7/22 via Broken World Media. Pre-order it here.