The George Harrison to Chris Knox’s John Lennon.
Alec Bathgate’s always kept a couple steps back in his fellow Enemy, Toy Love and Tall Dwarfs shadow, but released a lovely little Byrds-jangle-pop album (with heavy Beatles and Beach Boy flourishes) in 1996.
More technically competent than Knox, and somewhat reserved (in comparison at least), Bathgate is a reflective, precarious song-writer of great talent.
Bathgate then resurfaced in a solo capacity a mere 8 years later with the superb Indifferent Velvet Void, an album chock full of pop-classics and weighty lyrics.
Signing to the Auckland-based Lil Chief, Bathgate has played just one solo show prior to it’s release, as part of a joint CD-release promotion with fellow Christchurch popsters Pine.
- Alex Bathgate (Guitar/Vocals)
- Pet Hates 7″ Single (1995, Flying Nun Records, FN333)
- Gold Lame (1996, Flying Nun Records, FN353)
- Nunfest ’96 Etched 7″ (1995, Flying Nun Records, FN373)
- The Indifferent Velvet Void (2004, Lil Chief, LCR009)