Yorkshire Rats Interview
Introduce the band to people, ie who is in the band
and how it all started and how you sound?
The forming members of the band are;
Me (don) ont guitar, mandolin, whistle, n vocals
Bruins, lead vocals
Eddie, on drums.
The other two memebers where added to the band only within the last 6 months
Griff, guitar, and hobbsie on bass and vocals.
It all started when I was in the pub with bruins in Pontifract, a few of the
local punx n that were on about startin a band, but no one seemed to get the
thing off the ground.
In the begginng there was me, eddie, john greenwood, rob french and bruins. A
couple of other guys were supposed to be there but they never turned up to the
first sessions so they were never in the band. I was really keen to get the band
going as my other band ‘the faded’ had fallen apart like. As soon
as we started playing some tunes we knew we were going to be a permanent band
We recorded our first Ep after 2 months of being together or something like that.
Everyone loved it and everyone sung along at our gigs so we were all really excited
about it all.
I do most, if not all the song writing so I was basin our stuff on bands like
abrasive wheels and the dropkicks, we developed out own sound soon but we never
thought we were gona get anywhere.
What has been the high point and lowest point
of the bands history? Would you do anything different?
Erm, duno about this really, we’ve been up and down the whole
of last year really. We got asked to sign to a small indie label after
6 months of being together, erm, but then the original rhythm guitarist
left the band. The we got griff, toured, everything was fine. We got
asked by jim chapmen to work wit hhis label 10 past 12, so we planned
to go to london and record part of the album, then john left a week before
so we had to find a new bassist, so that was a bit mad, but we got hobbsie
in and he did fine, better than john by far, totally different attitude
to the whole game like.
We wouldn’t change owt like cos all this has just made us better
as a band. Having hobbs and griff in is much better they are better musicians
and I’ve known em for years so tis all good.
You are down to support Rancid. How has this
come about? Who would you love to tour with?
We are??? Since when?? Lol, nah, yeah we are all really excited about
it. I really couldn’t tell you how this came about. I mentioned
to the label that rancid were touring, the next thing I knew was I had
an email from the promoters saying that rancid want us to open one of
their shows. When I asked the label boss if he’d sorted it he didn’t
really know what happened haha. But we are playin so that’s good,
tim might have heard us on myspace or somethin as I send him regular
band updates and what not. But they asked us to do it which was a real
I’d love to do a full tour with rancid or the dropkicks, also with
the wheels cos evertime we play we all have such a laugh, we just cant
get it sorted.
Do you do any covers? If so, what and why?
We do 2 covers at the minute in our set, barroom hero
by the murphys cos it fits our style and attitude well and we cover it
well also, and to have to have not (the bastards version) because tis
a mint song basically, we’ll be duin a wheels cover soon.
What track are you most proud of and what
is it about?
Erm, I personally am most proud of lawful civil rights, as it has a
strong message that everyone can relate to, its about how you should
work hard in life and wot not, to get to where you want to be. I like
em all tho, I wunt write a song I dunt like anyway like.
How did you all get into punk in
the first place? What is the first record each member of the band ever
Me, eddie, and bruins have always been into punk, them
two were into the more american stuff I think, I’ve always like the
uk style stuff, even if they were american bands. I think griff and hobbs
got into it in high school.
I heard rancid when I was 10, and I saw the rudy soho vid when I was 12
and I thought to myself as I looked at lars, I’m gona be like him
when I’m 20 lol, I got mi sen the mohawk and the leather and never
looked back. Don’t think I ever will.
Not sure about the other bands bought first, thin I got a clash ablum or
sumthin first the ni got mi dropkicks, rancid, wheels etc.. tis all good.
What is the scene like in your area? And what
do you think abuot the younger punk scene in general?
The scene in ponti is like everywhere else, it changes
dependin on what is popular, all the scene kids n that. Good thing for
us all the emo and indie kids luv us, and when punk comes back in all
the scene kids will shave in mohawks, so that’s good, lol.
The younger punk scene is getting better but the only problem is that cos
we don’t all have mohawks, the kids who have bin into punk for a
couple of months slag us off, which rate pisses me off, the cunts, the
older punks like us which is better, younger kids are brilliant when they
give us their support, but some punk kids just don’t know what its
all about, its all about how many studs you have on your jacket to a lot
of em. But it’ll get better one day I hope.
What bands would you recommend checking out?
If you’re just getting into punk listen to abrasive
wheels, their new stuff will get the kids into punk for sure. Erm dropkicks,
erm, a band called the D’coner bois from brum, loads of smaller
bands on our myspace worth checking out. Just got to keep an eye out
for different punk bands, some real good ones, coney island jesus, absolute
Plans, gigs and releases
planned for 2006.
Were are duin a couple of dates with the wheels I think, should
be tourin all next year if all goes well, our album will be out either
at the end of the year or start of next, maybe duin a 7inch or sumthin.
Duno yet tho.
Any final comments?
I’d just tell people to support loacl bands in their
area like people have supported us, its amazing how wole comunities will
help bands out.
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