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The Guilty Office
Studio album by The Bats
Released 1 December 2008 (2008-12-01) (NZ)
23 June 2009 (2009-06-23) (USA)
Recorded August 2007 – June 2008 at The National Grid and Longfellow Studio in Christchurch, and Masonic Lodge, Port Chalmers [1]
Genre Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, Indie Pop [2]
Label Arch Hill (NZ)
Hidden Agenda (USA)
The Bats chronology
At the National Grid
The Guilty Office
Free All the Monsters
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The Guilty Office is the seventh studio album by New Zealand indie band, The Bats, released in New Zealand on 1 December 2008, and in the United States on 23 June 2009. [1] [2]

New Zealand Constitutional monarchy in Oceania

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

The Bats are an influential New Zealand rock band formed in 1982 in Christchurch by Paul Kean (bass), Malcolm Grant (drums), Robert Scott and Kaye Woodward. Though primarily a Christchurch band, The Bats have strong links to Dunedin and are usually grouped in with the Dunedin sound musicians that emerged in the early 1980s. The band has retained the same four members from 1982 to the present day.


Recording and New Zealand release

Recording of The Guilty Office began on 25–26 August 2007 in the newly built National Grid Studio in Heathcote Valley, Christchurch. The band had a few songs prepared from a demo session earlier in 2007, as well as some new songs written by Robert Scott. Scott has said that the recording process was "...pretty much the same as the others. I had a big bunch of songs and the rest of the band chose the ones they liked and we got them into shape and put them down live in the studio." [9] The tracks "Guilty Office" and "Two Lines" grew out of improvised jams. The rhythm tracks for the album were recorded by John Kelcher. Additional tracks and mixing and mastering were recorded by Paul Keen at Longfellow Studio, while the strings, harp and accordion parts were recorded by Mike McLeod at the Masonic Lodge in Port Chalmers. [1]

Christchurch Metropolitan area in South Island, New Zealand

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Canterbury Region. The Christchurch urban area lies on the South Island's east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula. It is home to 404,500 residents, making it New Zealand's third-most populous city behind Auckland and Wellington.

Robert Scott (musician) musician from new zealand (20th century)

Robert Scott is a New Zealand musician. He is a part of indie rock bands The Clean and The Bats, playing bass for The Clean, and guitar/vocals for The Bats, and writing songs for both. Other bands with which he has been involved include The Magick Heads, Electric Blood, Gina Rocco & the Rockettes, and Greg Franco & The Wandering Bear. Scott has also released several solo albums in several genres, including alternative rock, experimental instrumentals, and traditional folk music.

Port Chalmers human settlement in New Zealand

Port Chalmers is a suburb and the main port of the city of Dunedin, New Zealand, with a population of 3,000. Port Chalmers lies ten kilometres inside Otago Harbour, some 15 kilometres northeast from Dunedin's city centre.

The album was released in New Zealand by Arch Hill on 1 December 2008. The cover art is by band member Robert Scott. [1]

Arch Hill Recordings, formerly Arch Hill Studios, is a New Zealand recording studio and record label in Auckland. It was founded in 1998.

The video for "Castle Lights" was filmed in London by Hector Hazard, [10] whereas the first video, for "Like Water in Your Hand", was simply shots of light reflecting off water ripples. [11]

International releases

The album was released internationally by the following labels:

Track listing

All tracks written by The Bats/Robert Scott.

2."Crimson Enemy"2:52
3."Broken Path"4:37
4."Like Water in Your Hands"1:39
5."Castle Lights"3:45
6."Two Lines"3:37
8."Later on That Night"3:44
9."Steppin' Out"2:16
10."The I Specialist"3:24
11."The Guilty Office"5:01
12."The Orchard"3:56

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