Band History/ Bio:
*** ratbastard ***
WES DODSON: We started off completely aware that there would be no proverbial record deal. We drafted a pessimistic ideology: No band… this band, or any other band for that matter was going to last forever. With that out of the way, ratbastard was crafted from a blueprint that detailed very specific expectations of its winding down into disorder. Plagiarizing a timeless, self-fulfilling prophecy seemed a logical, realistic approach to what we knew was likely to become a daunting marriage/ business endeavor/ end of friendship arrangement between four people with penises. Even if other metropolitan Texas markets celebrated an occasional, varied degree of notable mention, we were cynically observant and keenly aware that the Houston scene of the mid 90's was a dried up heap of dung that was wasting away before our very eyes and ears.
Our approach left us with few expectations... and even fewer disillusions of grandeur. To personify our backass vision, the opening bars of "The Secret Game" (1995) were intentionally shat forth as they might have been spitting out teeth at the end of a live track; presented with a signature “Damn, I’m glad THAT’S over” mock relief. With each successive effort, we would devolve a little more. If our inception was forged of precision/ garage/ slop metal, then our twilight efforts illustrated a more whittled down content that reflected a primal, stripped down relevance. We reversed engineered ourselves. That was our business model.
(22 April 2012)
JAN MUNDORFF: Things would pick up in the fall of that year when Wes, Shengar, Gary Thompson (a drummer Wes had recently recruited) and I assembled at a studio near Lake Conroe that Wes had spent the previous year building. By now, both Wes and I had both got our hair cut in an effort to stay employed, and our interests had also begun to lean more towards punk rock. Shengar's playing and writing style had a distinctly “Oingo Boingo” influence. After a “production meeting” and and hour and a half of obnoxious laughter, The four of us adopted the name ratbastard. What came out of the session that followed contained the trappings of what would later drive the fans wild. Shortly after, they would release, along with B-side classics “ The Secret Game” and “Last Doob”, their first single “Jefekep?”, which would later become the band's anthem.
THOMAS 'SHENGAR' BANTA: I got a call from Wes, asking if I would [be interested] in laying some bass tracks down on a four song demo that he had recorded with Jan and a cat named Gary. I said “ok”, and a few days later received a four track demo that I listened to about 100 times straight. I have to be honest; I had no idea how to record and was in a bit of a pickle. I had some ideas on what I wanted to lay down but had no talent in recording. I gave Wes a call, and said I would like to do the recording with band (that was my way out of the pickle). A few days later I drove up to Lake Conroe, where Wes had moved to and built a studio. He met me at a gas station, and boy did he look different,! He had cut his f***ing hair off and dyed it red! I followed Wes to his home/studio and met up with Jan and Gary, and some cat that I can't seem to remember his name.
Now I was secretly interested in joining the band but had to play it cool. After a few introductions and some things to start the creativity flow, we played a few songs… and a few more… and a few more. During a break, with more things to help the creative flow, Jan ask me if I was going to join the band. Wes seemed mortified and said "Shengar is already in a band.” I didn't know if that meant "shut up this f***er can't play a lick and sucks" or what. Like I said, I was already wanting to play in this band, but I had to be cool. I told Jan that my band had split and I would love to join. Some more creative smoke was smoked and we came up with the name ratbastard!
(01 January 2012)