“Calvary” is the led single of the new EP by Chris Bathgate, “Old Factory”.
“Old Factory” was actually conceived, written, and partially recorded a few years ago (2012, to be exact), and its final release on February 5th, 2016 marks a return from a self-imposed exile for Chris Bathgate. After more than a decade of constant recording, touring, and picking up odd-jobs while off the road, Bathgate had had enough. It was time to make a big change, and extricating himself from the life of a performing and recording musician was necessary. It became hard to write, hard to focus, hard to put on the kind of performance Bathgate wanted to, and knew he could.
So, that is just what he did. Tucking away a finished EP while turning down performances and other opportunities, Bathgate chose to re-focus and re-kindle his love of nature by investing time in the outdoors as an avid hiker and naturist.
And, while the songs on “Old Factory” have ties backward, they represent, just as well, a bridge forward. From the time away came a well-spring of creative muse, and songs for future albums are coming easily again. He’s embarked on a string of tour dates to welcome back his fans and allow new folks to be able to experience his songs live – and with a good bit of luck, hear some new albums forged in the foreseeable future.
“Calvary” is featured as the current “single of the week” of the radio show L’Attimo Fuggente.