Chris Bathgate

Chris Bathgate
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Chris Bathgate performing at Neu! Club in Madrid, Spain in 2007
Background information
Born(1982-04-21) April 21, 1982 (age 35)
Pecatonica, IL
OriginAnn Arbor, MI
GenresFolk, indie folk, acoustic, indie rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist
InstrumentsAcoustic guitar, piano, electric guitar, vocals
Years active1999-present
LabelsQuite Scientific Records,
(UK) Tangled Up!/One Little Indian


Chris Bathgate (given birth to Apr 21, 1982) can be an American indie folk singer-songwriter and musician. He’s prominent in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti folk music picture in Michigan. In 2007, Bathgate agreed upon to Quite Scientific Information, which he released his most prominent record to time, A Cork Story Wake. His latest release was Sodium Season, a full-length record released on Apr 26, 2011. Bathgate continues to be in comparison to folk singer-songwriters Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wines, and Damien Jurado.

Early life

Chris Bathgate was created in Pecatonica, IL on Apr 21, 1982. He started playing music at age 16, and relocated to Ann Arbor, Michigan to wait the University or college of Michigan as a skill & Design college student.

Early career

Bathgate began in much metal band for quite some time before embracing folk. While in Ann Arbor, Bathgate after that produced the folk trio Ambitious Brothers with Michael Beauchamp and Karl Sturk, launching a few information before splitting up in 2005.During a visit to Northern Michigan, Bathgate and fellow University of Michigan student Jansen Swy and also other friends established music to Swy's poetry, contacting the short-lived task The Descent from the Holy Ghost Church. Down the road, while attending the brand new England Literature Plan, a School of Michigan summertime plan in Maine, Descent resurfaced when the group were able to reserve itself as an starting action for Magnolia Electric powered Firm at Detroit's Magic Stay. The group, including Matt Jones, Louis Dickinson, and Carol Grey, disbanded in 2006.

Solo career

In 2001, Bathgate launched his single career, while ongoing to test out different groups for quite some time. He self-released multiple EPs and albums including Twilight Unlimited in 2002, Create and Consume in 2003, and Silence IS PERFECT FOR Suckers in 2005. He'd frequently sell his information to regional Ann Arbor music shop Encore Records.In 2006, Bathgate simultaneously released two albums, AN IN DEPTH Account of 3 Dreams and Throatsleep, aswell as an EP, The Single Street I Longed For. Through the year, Actual Detroit Weekly called Bathgate 'Greatest Solo Designer in Michigan'.In 2007, Bathgate connected up with Sunday Looks Good IF YOU ASK ME as an starting act for his or her European tour.Later on in 2007, Bathgate signed to Michigan record label Quite Scientific Information, which he released A Cork Story Wake on June 26. He spent the rest of the entire year on a nationwide tour. The recording received high compliment because of its "bruised sounding beauty" and brief, simple tunes that "allow his voice perform the speaking". On January 15, 2008, NPR Music find the starting monitor "Serpentine" as its Track of your day. A Cork Story Wake premiered in the united kingdom on Tangled Up!/One Small Indian.In Feb 2008, Bathgate released a restricted EP, Wait around, Skeleton, on Quite Scientific Information.In March 2008, 2009, and 2011, Bathgate played in the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX.April 2011 found the discharge of his second nationally distributed complete length, "Sodium 12 months" on Quite Scientific Information.

Musical style

Bathgate's music continues to be referred to as "stripped straight down with liberal levels of classical guitar, piano, strings, and a good little horn function occasionally", with each one of these instruments designed to "go with Bathgate's tone of voice". Lyrics and songwritingBathgate often personal references hometown Ann Arbor, Michigan sites in his music. He references an area Ann Arbor road, Ann St., in "THE FINAL Parade On Ann St.". Bathgate resided at 609 Ann St. "Madison Home" identifies the former back garden music place Madison Home in Ann Arbor.

Style of live shows

Bathgate is well known for any using a wide variety of techniques, tools, and supporting music artists during concert events.Early in his career, he'd play Hayden Carruth poems, read simply by him, through the amp, mainly because he intertwined his music. He offers utilized loop pedals to coating his tools and vocals during displays, an e-bow on his guitar to imitate the audio of bows on strings, and a hill dulcimer.


Bathgate offers cited affects including American novelists John Steinbeck and Kurt Vonnegut, poets Suzanne Hancock (Another Name For Bridge) and Josh Bell (Zero Planets Hit), and music artists THESE WERE Thieves, Matt Jones, and Hezekiah Jones.



Deceased Eyed Stranger (2001) Create and Consume (2003) Period Heals All Wounds (2004) Silence IS PERFECT FOR Suckers (2005) The One Road I actually Longed For (2006) AN IN DEPTH Account of 3 Dreams (2006) Throatsleep (2006) A Cork Story Wake (2007) A Cork Story Wake (2008) UK Salt Year (2011)

EPs and singles

Twilight Unlimited (2002) AN IN DEPTH Account of 3 Dreams (2006) Auld Lang Syne (2007) Serpentine (2008) UK Restless (2008) UK Wait around, Skeleton. (2008) Perform What's Easy (2008) UK The Asheville Squints (2008) No Sterling silver (2011) Poor Eliza (2011) CA Calvary (2016) Aged Factory (2016)