Bat Eats Plastic – Pounding Heart

Bat Eats Plastic
Pounding Heart

What do you get when you combine a blend of the raw rock n’ roll best exemplified by The Cramps and a smidgen of pop and experimentation? Well, the final result is likely to be similar to the musical concoction that Bat Eats Plastic arrives at.
Bat Eats Plastic is a New York rock band that features guitarist David McClelland, who previously played in Craw (Hydrahead Records). Vocalist/guitarist Millie Benson has been compared to the likes of Liz Phair. These comparisons are not totally out of place; however, her voice does not appear to have the range of an artist of that caliber. While her vocal duties are solid enough to do the job with this outfit, they seem to wither every so often. With that said, her chops do deliver the proper amount of melody for her group’s brand of high-art rock.
The tone of this record is rather straightforward. For the most part, the band stays in its own universe. But those looking for virtuosity might be disappointed. That’s not to say that the instrumentalists are poor. Rather, all of the players are competent and appear to bring the best out of each other. For instance, a track like “Sometimes the Day” offers a day-dreamesque combination of light pop and jangly rock with enough room for variation in tempo and shifts in guitar dynamics. “City Beat” also changes things up a bit with its bass-driven verses while also delivering variant guitar riffs.
With that said, the band predominantly sticks to the same formula throughout the record, leaving the listener a bit tired by the end of the album. Though the band is obviously comprised of talented individuals, these New Yorkers need to inject more energy into their musical medley if they want to truly succeed. Of course, this lack of spunk might be due to the sound of the recording. In many cases, bands are more exciting live than on record. But if this band wants to set itself apart from its contemporaries the artists have to find a way to translate some enthusiasm into their recordings.