Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Andrew Elstner Explains How a Bat Pissing in His Eye was Just the Beginning

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What's the best song to illustrate Elstner's saga? How about the song playing during this trailer for the film Bats?

"Of course, I'm cracking up and sending this link to all my friends like, 'You guys aren't going to fucking believe this -- look at this, it's on Pitchfork!'" Elster says with a laugh. "And because it gets posted on Pitchfork, within a few hours it's on, I don't know, 50 to 100 different music blogs or sites."

The story, for instance, was posted on MSNBC.com. He conducted a borderline-surreal interview with MTV Hive. And Buzzfeed even encapsulated a fairly comprehensive array of Elstner's Facebook posts chronicling his ordeal.

"It's been totally insane," Elstner says. "There's the twin angle of, 'Holy shit, you might have rabies,' and, 'Oh man, a bat peed in your eye -- how gross.' And then there's the second angle of, 'I can't believe how far this story has spread.'"

Torche, by the way, will release its latest album Harmonicraft on Volcom Records April 24. It's the band's first full-length album with Elstner as a guitarist. And Tilts recently released an EP collection as well, which is the reason why Elstner was in St. Louis in the first place.

"There was a brief moment where friends of mine, close friends, were asking leading questions like 'OK, level with me dude -- did you cook up this whole story with the label to promote [the new album]? Like, did this really happen?'" he says. "I said. 'Man, I swear to you -- I did not make this story up. I did not cook it up as a publicity stunt."

"The timing was everything," he adds. "The timing of a bat circling around a room. Of all the degrees and areas it could have been in the world let alone the house, I was there for it to pee in my eyeball at just the right moment. And for me to post about it at just the right moment, and for me to have a new Tilts record out and a new Torche record out in a month, is pretty nuts. I should have bought a lottery ticket."

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