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Wes Dodson - ratbastard (1995-1998) / Blog

THOMAS 'SHENGAR' BANTA | 1966 - 2016


July 21, 1966 - May 24, 2016

VERONA - Thomas Michael Banta, age 49, of Verona, passed away unexpectedly at home, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The youngest of eight children, Thomas was born July 21, 1966 to Richard and Carol Banta in California. He was a doting father who embarked on many different careers and was always a musician at heart. A proficient bass guitar player and vocalist, Thomas was a cornerstone in the local Houston, Texas music scene. His resume included playing in bands that were headliners in their own right, as well as opening for nationally renowned acts like Pantera. Mr. Banta is survived by his partner, Elizabeth Doyle, and daughter, Zoe.


Jan Mundorff's Mouth

"To my ears, former-ratbastard frontman, Jan Mundorff, had a most distinct, hybrid-vocal styling. Looky here... try and imagine Oderus Urungus and Jello Biafra making sickly-sweet love in a pool of rancid pudding and soon after shitting out a tragically deformed alien trashcan baby sporting a multi-ethnic foot... That baby would talk the way Jan sings."

Wes Dodson - Interview excerpt, 13 March 2014

"PLEASE SHUT UP" Global Re-Release (2013)

Album notes:

Jan Mundorff - vocal Wes Dodson - guitars Thomas 'Shengar' Banta - bass

Thomas Cross: drums

"Christmas At Denny's" "Joey" "Jack Ass Medley" "Think I'm Just A Jerk" "Rock Moscow"

Recorded at Bo Coon's Big Red Barn in Stagecoach, Texas, 17-18 January 1998.


Robert Lee Williams III (aka Bobby TheCock): drums

"Cocksucker Monkeyfucker" "Please Shut Up" "Alter Boy"

Recorded at Studio MBR in Montgomery, Texas, 13 June 1998

"Bad Example" "Hot Chocolate"

Recorded at Studio MBR in Montgomery, Texas, 16 July 1998.

Digital mastering from DAT: 28 March 1999.


On this day in history, the core lineup of ratbastard would convene to record what would be their last two original tunes at Studio MBR, in Montgomery, Texas.

The trio laid down tracks for the blistering Jan Mundorff contribution, "Yo Momma", and a sterling offering from Shengar called "Dirty Dirty".

Unfortunately, the 8-track Tascam reel to reel recorder used to document these tracks fell into disrepair around the turn of the century, leaving these two gems to remain unreleased.

The songs were included in the Halloween Mega-Mash 1998 setlist, which would serve as the last public performance for the band.

Guitarist Wes Dodson noted, "I fondly reflect on those tracks, looking back in pride on how the musical offerings from Thomas and Jan had evolved into finely polished, yet filthy artistic statements."

Fine efforts indeed.

LAST ENTERAINMENT Hockley, Texas 05 JULY 2010