This week I officially ‘launched’ my latest music project, the power-pop band ‘Bag Ratty Bro’.
You may have noticed already something slightly different about the guys… apart from the mutant head, green skin and robotic drummer, these guys are ever so slightly reality-challenged.
Then again, aren’t we all? Originally, I intended this project to have an illustrated internet presence, possibly backed up by a live band purporting to be playing Bag Ratty Bro ‘covers’. Then the whole pesky Pandemic thing came along.
I’m not one to sit on a project, I’m too itchy for that and like to be moving onto the next thing, so the fact that this has still taken around 15 months to get this out goes to show the challenges of creative working in lockdown.
So, the live band is on hold, for now, and what we have here is DIY+ music, the majority of the parts recorded by me at home, with the real drums being added in post production by super talented producer Tom Bishop in his studio, who also mixed and mastered the whole thing.
The whole thing, by the way, is a 6 song EP ‘Chapter and Mutiverse’ that is available to preorder now.
But to get us there, 4 of the songs will be released as singles along with original artwork for each, illustrated by the excellent Rob Amos based on his character designs and our joint ideas for scenes. No matter what happens with the music, I think he has done an amazing job bringing these guys to life, especially when you see what my reference sketches look like…
It’s hard to believe that Rob Amos can interpret the above and turn it into this:
The singles will be available to stream through the usual places, and the first, ‘I Want A Robot Hoover’ is out now!
My intention is to keep my name out of it as much as possible, and try and reach beyond my social circle, but I’m already finding that hard, both emotionally and literally, in a ‘gatekeeper’ environment that wants to ignore or judge you, unless the price is right. But I’m focussing on the fact that none of this matters, really. But still, it would be nice to find a little audience for this project to see if it can take on a life of it’s own. If you follow any of the Bag Ratty Bro social channels (find them through the links on this page), they will deny all knowledge of me.
If you are reading this, and are so inclined, please take a listen, save the songs to your playlists or whatever you kids do nowadays, order the EP, share the links on your socials, help me get the Bag Ratties out there with their brand of uptempo catchy power pop that just wants to be heard and make you happy!
Thanks for reading.