The Pizza Bats’ concept was born of a dear friendship that came to be while Jake and I were living in Chicago. This friend (who we'll call Ms. Fox) lived in an apartment that had sweet rooftop access overlooking Lake Michigan, and on a fateful warm summer’s evening, we decided to join her and her boyfriend (who is also one of our most beloved friends) for pizza and orange soda on Ms. Fox’s roof.
As the sun slowly sank below the horizon, the sky grew purple and bats began to fly overhead. As if by fate, a pair of bats swooped down over our open pizza boxes and zipped off into the twilight. Ms. Fox shouted, “pizza bats!” and that slip of the tongue beget a band name, and commitment to that band name beget what will eventually be the masterwork that is The Pizza Bats.
Ms. Fox’s 30th birthday was coming up, and we decided we would throw her a party at our apartment where she could invite all her friends, and as a part of the festivities The Pizza Bats would perform (our first gig!).
The Pizza Bats’ first performance took place in our old Chicago living room, an unusually large space with no neighbors (save for the tattoo parlor downstairs, and they DGAF) that enabled the group of musicians living there to hold concerts, rehearsals, or practice at nearly any time of day or night. Jake and I had prepared a set of ten songs playing instruments we had only begun to study about 30 days before.
While we knew that we were unpolished and inexperienced, the surprising outcome was that the guests had a great time, showering the two of us with unexpected compliments. That night, we learned that most people respect being brave enough to perform in front of people (something the two of us were so used to that we thought little of it), and that most people respond more to how you feel about what you are doing than the actual technicality of the performance. Because Jake and I were enjoying ourselves, the audience enjoyed themselves, we met a ton of great people, and Ms. Fox’s birthday party was one for the ages!
Love and Nostalgia,