Chris Boarts Larson Photo Column – BAT
BAT, Richmond’s answer to Venom-inspired British Wave of Heavy Metal, played at one of the all-star-rostered “closing series” at Strange Matter in December. BAT started out as a side project of Ryan and Nick (Municipal Waste, Iron Reagan, Parasytic, et. cetera) with Felix (DRI) on drums. This was my first time finally getting to see BAT. Since its members lived in different locations, they didn’t play often. Hopefully I’ll have more opportunities to see them and my chances just got better since this was their first show with new local drummer Chris (who also has a long roster of regional bands to his credit). Sometimes there is just nothing better that seeing a bunch of good friends playing a perfect show and delivering a style of music in a way that I love. BAT is a new favorite.