08 March, 2009
RATAS DEL VATICANO
Artist: Ratas Del Vaticano
Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico
Volar Release: (unreleased) VOLAR02, Spring 2009
MPIII: Tempa de las Ratas
I'd like to continue the sentiment of Craig's post below. What he said was true. Volar Records wishes to establish a sense of community in this god forsaken land of Internet. "This" is "us" supporting our friends. HIGH FIVEEEEEEEE.
With that said,
I have never met any members of Ratas del Vaticano. However, I consider myself very close to David Serreno. We like total lee talk on ichat every single fucking god damn day... going on 8 months now. Mostly about relationshits, drugos, politits, parties, US vs Mexico, and mexican slang. Basically all in all, I consider David a good bud of mine. Total pen palzzZZzz.
With that said,
Mexican David and I will be united for the first time at this year's SXSW. His band, RATAS DEL VATICANO (Rats of the Vatican) will be playing several (amazing) lineup shows. Regardless of our ibff status, Ratas is really high up there in my favorite band zone. They have the novelty points (they're from Mexico, duh), the noise points (my spleen rips every time I listen to them), and the RESPECT points (they're smart and not trash). I just hope that they 1) don't suck live and 2) aren't denied entry into the US because of some dick border patrol guy. Cross your fruitless fingers.
With that said,
Taken from Siltbreeze:
"Ratas Del Vaticano ("Rats of the Vatican") are a quartet hailing from Monterrey, Mexico, who assail ears with a most excellent assemblage of punk spew that can best be pitched as "KBD-like." Some of the slicker dicks out there will be familiar with Mocosos Pateticos ("Pathetic Kids") already, as it was available for a short time in 2008 as a download on David Serrano's Nene label. But for those unconcerned with being the emperors of ice cream, Siltbreeze put their money where your mouth is and are making this fantastic release available on the much-in-vogue LP format.
Originally formed as a drunken joke (where have you heard that one before?), Ratas Del Vaticano quickly realized they were onto something. With the addition of Violeta on bass (fresh from a quick stint as second guitarist for Los Llamarada), the band felt solidified enough to cut some tracks. And, man, can these guys slice 'n' dice! Guttural, sneering, cynical, sarcastic, Ratas Del Vaticano dish it out in buckets like rancid pozole. Tack on the crude, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants recording quality, and you've got a monster to rival the likes of Sods, Mentally Ill, Guilty Razors, Sperma, or Tampax in the pantheon of Killed By Death's greatest scuzz gladiators. Pressed in an edition of 700; look for Ratas Del Vaticano to play the Siltbreeze showcase at the forthcoming 2009 SXSW in Austin, and maybe even a US tour later in the year. "
Taken from Nene Records:
"Pornography, fast food, cheap beer, vandalism, onanism, inconformity and frustration are the main tags of this blurred emotions corktail mixed on these guy’s minds that seem to be trapped in a nothing full of possibilities, each one of them radically fun. Destroy and Forget about everyone else being just yourself / That ain’t a message, it’s just the cavemen’s yelling on modern times survival."
Taken from WFMU:
"More scabby art-punk from Monterrey, Mexico (which has already hit a double play with XYX and the unforgettable Los Llamarada who scorched/confused WFMU's SXSW show in Austin this past March). Ratas Del Vaticano bring to mind fast-n-scuzzy remnants of Desechables or Crime, though "Ta de las Ratas" (MP3) sounds like an amazing wedding between Psychedelic Underground-era Amon Duul and the Monks at their most primal. "Olvido" (MP3) almost has some sinister Euro-Eastern leads you'd expect on some prime early Plastic People stuff. But in general, they set their controls on pure punk. "
With that said,
You can purchase Ratas' first LP, "Mocosos Pateticos" from Siltbreeze here. And if you're going to be at this year's SXSW, be sure to run head first into one of their shows. I will. They're gonna be playing the Siltbreeze showcase and others ... including the hyphy Club 1808, March 20th show. Seriously, I'll write it out for you: (Outside) No Age , Mika Miko, Wavves, Silk Flowers, Soft Circle, Trash Talk, Pygmylush, Sisters, Finally Punk, Lucky Dragons, DSS; (Inside) Abe Vigoda, Gun Outfit, Kim Phuc, the Hex Dispensers, Pocahaunted, Cult Ritual, Hank IV, Ratas De Vaticano, Infinite Body, the Goat, Tolsatd. SXSW = FRIEND ZONE, 2009.