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Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2018, 12:39:40 PM »
https://mongolcult.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/chewing-on-you-an-interview-with-rat-scabies/
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You know when youíve just got a lot of stuff going on around you that you donít really like very much and none of it is good news? But there was always one thing I could do which was mess around with music and try and make up a tune and feel good about that. So thatís where that title came from. I also just kinda liked the idea of a PHD, the supposition that youíre talking about your education and your education consists of those three things. *laughs*

I spend quite a lot of time in Phoenix Arizona and Area 51 isnít far away and you have those big clear desert skies. Nearly everyone that lives in that town sees stuff that doesnít really have an explanation. There was one time I sitting in the living room of the place I was stayingÖ..you see the trouble with this stuff is if you tell people what happened it sounds like youíre a fucking nutcase *laughs*   But I swear I was with the guitar player of the band I was staying with at the time and this small black sphere the size of a squash ball floated down the stairs at quite high speed, buzzed around the kitchen damaging everything and then back out up the stairs and away again at high speed. It was one of those things that was such an outrageous event that we were both pretty gobsmacked about whether it had even happened. If it hadnít been for the fact that the two us had seen the same thing youíd put it down to some kind of marijuana induced incident *laughs* So that was one of the strangest things that happened. I never reported it or anything like that but out thereís a lot of stuff buzzing around out there out in the sky thatís a mystery.

So I had this whole broad left field influence when I was growing up and a part of that was things like Atlantis and the Holy Grail and all these legends. Where do they come from? What is it based on and is there any element of truth in any of these stories? And if there is, can you find it? So thatís kind of how I am with the whole thing, I find it quite fascinating and Iíve witnessed enough strange small events that it makes you go Ďwell that was weird, I think thereís something going on here that I donít really have a name for or an understanding ofí but at the same time Iím very rational about it. I donít Ďbelieveí in things like ghosts or fairies but I like to observe it and see if itís proven to me.

I remember Rat telling me the Arizona story and closed with "you don't believe me, huh?".  ;D
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Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2018, 06:07:27 PM »
Lengthy interview with Rat. Not sure if all the facts are 100% ("abandoned as a baby"? - never heard that one), but it's a fun read.
https://pleasekillme.com/rat-scabies/
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PKM: Have you ever met Ginger Baker?

Rat Scabies: Actually, a friend of mine is his roadie and I fill in when he canít do it. So I set up Gingerís drums regularly. Itís great because Iíve been watching Ginger play since I was fifteen.

PKM: So you obviously get on with him well.

Rat Scabies: No. I donít think anyone does really. Haha! I was interviewed in his documentary and they cut me from it because I was the only one to say nice things. So I thought it was a bit unfair to him. The thing that Ginger did was bring African music to Europe. He went to Africa just to learn about African rhythms and how that music worked. He was the first person to do that in the early 1970ís. He nearly got shot for supporting a revolution and nobody is interested in that, they are only interested in him being a cunt.

That part was quite interesting as I'd watched that doc a while ago... had no idea Rat could've been in it.

Here's a review of the PATM gig last week:
https://louderthanwar.com/professor-madman-london-100-club-live-review/
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Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2018, 09:54:35 AM »
I remember this was up on his myspace ten years ago or so...

https://youtu.be/Xqj8wz2Mkuc
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« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2020, 12:09:46 PM »
TV SM!TH - for GREAT songs "and the beer and the company"! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY0BH5vU2hs)

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« Reply #20 on: April 02, 2020, 03:36:40 PM »
Another new project: The Sinclairs' "Sparkle" to be released in May 2020.

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The new project from The Damned's Rat Scabies and Billy Shinbone of Flipron and The Neville Staple Band!
The band will be performing at this year's Rebellion Festival in August!
Available on both CD and limited edition RED vinyl!

https://www.wowhd.de/sinclairs-sparkle/889466165016
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« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2020, 04:09:32 PM »
These Damned spin-off albums are coming along like buses at the moment - in bunches!
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« Reply #22 on: April 17, 2020, 04:12:14 PM »
TV SM!TH - for GREAT songs "and the beer and the company"! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY0BH5vU2hs)

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« Reply #23 on: April 24, 2020, 04:05:11 PM »
http://www.neonfiller.com/wordpress/?p=13636&fbclid=IwAR17JOSeChigQgKxqCfOnGhNJb-DCxCSPvBU4_21a4z0s8lHf-Slmtk4HqY
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As we emerge from our cacoons and our routine of one walk a day will we want something slow and dramatic? Or will want something fast and furious to reflect our new freedom? Will we go back to the future and crave sci-fi B-movie style synths?

I like to think the answer may well be all three, which is exactly what is on offer in the debut from The Sinclairs, formed by Damned drummer Rat Scabies and Jesse Budd, aka Billy Shinbone, from Flipron and guitarist with Neville Stapleís band.
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« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2020, 08:48:48 AM »
https://vivelerock.net/introducing-the-sinclairs/

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How did The Sinclairs meet?

Rat: We met back in the í90s when Billy and his band Flipron walked into my studio asking how much time a hundred quid would buy them. Somehow, they managed to stay for a couple of years. I ended up producing two Flipron albums and weíve been friends throughout.

Why the name The Sinclairs? Wasnít it an old car, a Consul?

Rat: Well itís a family name attached to the Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland which is one of those places that holds a strange magnetism for those who might be involved on a hunt for the Holy Grail. But thatís not the real reason. I just liked the sound of it.
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« Reply #25 on: May 15, 2020, 01:34:39 PM »
Wow, Fred just was mentioned on F*c*b**k!!

The Sinclairs via FB:
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A big thanks to all of you for support on our first release, as you may have guessed interaction with our audience is something we at Sinclairs HQ cherish so we thought weíd publish the ones that we liked best.

Frederick Owen-
Great video! First time Rat has used brushes since cleaning Fairfield Halls?

Terrence Victor Jones-
Fantastic, that White Falcon is pure rock n roll. Makes the Phantom Chords sound like Showaddywaddy !!

Tim Curtis-
Music Fantastic. Floor could do with a wipe though :-

Dave Harvey-
Am I the only one who thinks this is dog shit
...The Sinclairs- So far...

Ian Michie-
....look forward to the CD, but....terrible cover photo.
...The Sinclairs- Ian Michie thank goodness you spotted that! What were we thinking!?
We'll get them reprinted with something that meets your approval! 😂
...Ian Michie The Sinclairs ...knew you would understand - thanks!

David Arnoff-
That's a bloody good photo, that is.

Andy Popplewell-
Rats dancing partners looks a little old

Richard Wilkins-
At first glance I thought it was Alan Rickman!

Billy Webb- Reminds me of something out of Twin peaks . Twin freaks

So thanks everyone for the interaction! Here's one of the videos that elicited some of those comments!
https://youtu.be/QwpfazXYBw4

The Sinclairs album "Sparkle" is released on May 8th 2020. The Sinclairs are: Rat Scabies (The Damned) and Billy Shinbone (The Neville Staple Band / Flipron)...

Hilarious comments in there!  ;D
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« Reply #26 on: May 15, 2020, 02:36:01 PM »
F*c*b**k?!

Me?!

F*ck!
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« Reply #27 on: May 17, 2020, 10:14:20 AM »
https://www.punknews.org/article/72674/interviews-rat-scabies-on-the-new-sinclairs-lp-modern-punk-and-the-damned
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What are you up to today?
To be quite honest, fuck all and Iím quite happy about that. (Laughs)

Strange times, eh?
Yeah it is Ė very. Itís terrible with all of the sickness and death and sadness. But, on the other side of the coin, I really like the silence of not having sirens and airplanes constantly flying by. The birds are singing and itís pretty cool. If the pubs were open, it would almost be the perfect existence.

Thatís a pretty positive attitude.
Yeah, you have to be these days. Life is pretty good.

Congratulations on the release of your first Sinclairs record. My first question is why an instrumental album?

Iíve always known Billy as one of the most prolific lyricists Ė I donít know if youíre familiar with this band or not. The words he spouts out are quite incredible. He told me one day, ďI really want to make an instrumental albumÖjust once, just to get away from words.Ē Heís a Damned fan and he had some ideas about doing some things with the guitar, so we went in the studio for a few days and put it down. It was a bit strange Ė it was just two blokes who can play a bit. (Laughs) So we left it for a few months and then he turned up at my house with a set of keyboard bass pedals and this 30-quid synthesizer Ė a little, pathetic thing. I messed around with the synth and it was really cool and all a bit random. Because of this out-of-tuneness and this lack of musical ability that Iíve got, it made everything sound a bit weird and a bit odd. But when we heard it, we both kind of went, ďAh, thatís better.Ē (Laughs) It was more of an emotional response than a musical one.

Is it true that the song ďThe Sewers of CarcasonneĒ is about you searching for the Holy Grail in France?

Yeah, it is. I was sort of brought up with the Grail stories by my parents who were researchers and into that whole thing. And a few years ago, I did a book with my neighbour about the whole Grail thing and the Templars. I got into some really interesting places like Knights Templar initiation ceremoniesÖsome secret society stuff. Weíd creep around cemeteries late at night and so the whole thing was kind of fun. But the titles of the songs appeared after the music did Ė it was quite strange. When you listen to that song, you can really imagine this medieval sewer as you go down there, looking for something that has been lost.
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« Reply #28 on: June 09, 2020, 05:49:34 PM »
The Sinclairs "Dodgems" (Official Music Video):
https://youtu.be/oYg8-VDn5bw
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« Reply #29 on: June 16, 2020, 08:26:52 AM »
https://newnoisemagazine.com/interview-rat-scabies-on-drumming-for-the-damned-the-early-days-of-english-punk-and-his-latest-releases/

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Drummer Rat Scabies, who seems to always be involved with multiple projects, took time out from his busy schedule to discuss two of his latest releases: Sparkle, the debut album from The Sinclairs, a wild, stoner-esque, two-man instrumental ensemble, which came out in early-May on Cleopatra Records; and the next installment from Professor And The Madman, Sťance, whose release date is not yet set. He also dives a bit into the early days of the first wave of English punk and his monumental tenure as drummer for The Damned.
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