Rocks Like: The Lawrence Arms, Banner Pilot, Jawbreaker
Check Out: Midwest Nothing
Vocalist/guitarist Mike Duda formed Like Bats in 2008 in Lansing, Illinois. The original members quit the band a few years ago for various reasons, but now with drummer Alec Perez and bassist Matt Hess, the band is far more solid than before. “I started the band because I was in a really rough place at the time,” says Duda. “I never slept, so I started writing to take my mind off things and to alleviate stress by turning my problems into songs.” These Midwest punks pride themselves on their DIY ethics and a gritty style that has allowed them to travel the country playing basement shows and have a blast while doing it.