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“When I first listened to Appendectomy, the second release from New York’s Dizzy Bats, I thought StGA had found this EP in a time capsule. It’s a perfect replica of 1990s pop-punk, complete with nasally vocals and some horns thrown in for good measure. You can imagine my relief when I found out that this sound was recreated on purpose (somehow, the idea of accidentally recreating ‘90s pop-punk and thinking it’s groundbreaking stuff disturbed me.) It turns out that Dizzy Bats’ frontman Connor Frost just loves the 1990s; the band’s Facebook page describes their sound as “new music from a different era” and “pop-rock like it’s 1995.” They’re pretty committed to the decade: their cover art screams early ‘90s and one of the lines in “Appendectomy” goes “Cyber me and say it’s okay.” Since I haven’t heard anyone use “cyber” as a verb in about a decade, I’ve got to give Dizzy Bats extra props on their commitment to ‘90s vintage. This album borrows ”

“Dizzy Bats’ front man, Connor Frost, never could kick his addiction to 90’s Pop Punk. Raised in the thicket of Westchester, NY by the sound of Billy Joe Armstrong’s nasal yelp, Frost’s childhood musical obsessions have sustained him into adulthood. It comes as no surprise that “Sundial”, Dizzy Bats’ debut record, presents thick layers of distortion balanced by the twang of acoustic guitar while walking basslines carry home driving drum beats. Frost isn’t content with merely paying an homage to a classic sound. Dizzy Bats boast an honest reflection on times past and transitions at hand. The power trio will live on.”

“What inspired the band name Dizzy Bats? Connor: For my 23rd birthday, Dave, for whatever reason REALLY wanted to play Dizzy Bat. We didn’t have a bat so we used an old broom handle. It didn’t really register until a few minutes later that I had just drank from a disgusting broom handle. We needed to come up with a band name and that experience was still fresh in my mind. Dave: For the record, I proposed the name “The Full Benefits,” but it didn’t test well with our friends and family focus group. I think it made the band sound a little too much like a male escort service. 946617_468139723267865_921016125_nWhat are some of your biggest influences, music or otherwise? Connor: In terms of songwriting and style, if I’m going to keep it simple and pick just one person, it would have to be Rivers Cuomo. There is something so beautiful about catchy melodies over driving power chords. It’s impossible for me to separate musical influences from other aspects of life. Eric: I”

“Dizzy Bats's song "Sundial", simply put, is a tribute to the college years. The "Sundial" refers to a place on campus at Connecticut College, frontman Connor Frost's alma mater, where he and his friends would often gather to reflect and unwind, usually in the early AM hours. The song brings the listener through specific events, including Freshman Orientation, Graduation, and the infamous Johnson fire of 2008. The tune also refers to everyday happenings, such as the perpetual struggle of waking up for class as well as other completely legal and harmless activities that took place behind the closed doors of Larrabee 309. Like at the time the song was written, Frost transitions into the "real world" fiercely and abruptly. "Welcome home, son, you've received a package, it's not money or that western tree" references that daunting stack of paperwork that marked the end to the collegiate years and the beginning of the dreaded post-graduation life. Despite this reality, these friends and year”

“The Dizzy Bats come with the tagline “pop punk like its 1995,” but their new single shows that they have moved past the genre. The track is called “Batman and the Joker.” While the title sounds pop punk the track definitively does not. The track features acoustic guitars playing something close to folk with soaring horns and dueling vocals. The track sounds more befit of the Lumineers than Blink 182 but it works.”

“As the Dizzy Bats prepare to release their new album, Appendectomy, Surviving the Golden Age is pleased to bring you a sneak peak of the band’s new single “Angry Eyes.” Utilizing the pop punk power of bands like Ruth’s Hat, “Angry Eyes” proves to be a true earworm, getting stuck in your head for hours if not days. It seems like a sign of good things to come for the New York band.”

“There were a number of self releases that had a fair amount of publicity behind them. First up is the band Filigar, which we’ve posted about in recent years, and who now have a terrific new single, “New Local,” that starts out with a piano introduction, and is followed by an immediate launch into a full-fledged power pop track with heavily melodic hooks, harmonica infusions and an excellent interplay between the bass and drums. Dizzy Bats presents the single “Batman and the Joker” and “Photographs,” from the band Fialta, is one of the best singles for the final week of July. Plus, listen to the garage rock of Kid Karate,. Diggin’ that.”

“Just a year since their formation, the New York City DIY alternative/nerd rock band Dizzy Bats got our attention with their light and playful style, sounding very much like college indie rock – with touches of punk pop – that was so popular in the 1990s. “Please Stall” sounds a lot like Weezer, as does the second, more uptempo, single, “Sundial,” with an added touch of They Might Be Giants. So it’s no surprise that lead vocalist Connor Frost told IRC that Dizzy Bats model their music after bands like Weezer, Green Day and Dinosaur Jr. Their album cover looks like it was illustrated by Keith Haring.”

“NYC folk/rock trio the dizzy bats combine the driving catchiness of pop punk with the acoustic guitars and swelling horn laden choruses of the nu-folk sonic descendants of neutral milk hotel such as the decemberists. erudite lyrics and a chorus that takes you along in the undertow of its heavy, nearly orchestral momentum are the calling cards of their newest tune.”

“A song with lyrics that I did grasp right away was "Batman and the Joker" by Dizzy Bats. It uses those two comic book characters to spring off into a variety of other subjects, all coming to us over a rousing Americana backdrop. The harmonies and horns really work for me. There's an acoustic tour in the works that will criss-cross the nation, so look out for the Dizzy Bats in your town.”

“I heard you were in the hospital recently to get your appendix removed. How are you recovering? Thanks for asking! I am doing much better. I actually had to go back to the hospital for a few nights for a second surgery due to complications that came up after the appendectomy (I’ll spare you the details). All is well, though, and I should be out of the house soon! Where did the name Dizzy Bats come from? The story behind the naming of this band cannot be published here, but I will say it was between Dizzy Bats and Frost Bite. I thought Frost Bite was too self-centered and sounded too much like an 80s glam metal band. You describe your music as pop punk which is a label many bands shy away from. Why do you embrace it? I think there are different types of pop punk. The pop punk I’m referring to is that nostalgic 90s sound where straight power chords and simple chord progressions provide accompaniment for the vox. That’s our sound, so embrace it we must! Do you listen to much mode”

“New York self-aggrandized pop punk band, Dizzy Bats released their debut album, Sundial today. The album’s lead single is “Please Stall,” a dynamic track that sounds somewhere between the 90s output of Green Day and Dinosaur Jr.”