Bats are a five piece band based in Dublin, Ireland. Formed in 2007, they are a blend of post-punk, hardcore and math rock, with lyrics drawing heavily from science subject areas. The debut EP Cruel Sea Scientist was released in 2007 on Armed Ambition. Since forming, the band has also toured Ireland and the UK as support to These Arms Are Snakes, The Locust, Liars, Sebadoh, Chrome Hoof and Gang Gang Dance. They also toured the UK in 2009 with Blakfish, to support the release of the debut album Red in Tooth & Claw on Richter Collective. The album was recorded in Salem, Massachusetts, with Converge guitarist and producer Kurt Ballou. In December 2009 the band featured in the Xmas issue of Rocksound, making No. 75 in the Top 75 Albums of 2009 list. On 26 March 2010 Bats supported And So I Watch You From Afar at their EP launch. On 3 January 2012 Bats revealed that the title of their next album would be The Sleep of Reason. The album was released on the 20th of October and was the last LP release of The Richter Collective independent record label.