A Board Game And A New Record? Punk/Rock Legends Paul Gray & Rat Scabies (Professor And The Madman), Announce New Record And Video For New Album, “Séance” Out Nov 2020

Punk/Rock Legends, Alfie Agnew (Adolescents, D.I.), Sean Elliott (D.I., Mind Over Four), Paul Gray (The Damned, U.F.O.) and Rat Scabies have joined together again to compose a new exciting progressive rock and pop punk album, ‘Séance‘.

Coming right off the heals from their 2018 wildly successful “Disintegrate Me” record, they plan to focus the new album in an exciting direction. Per Alfie Agnew, “The new material is definitely eclectic. It’s less punk-influenced than our previous three studio albums. The 1960s and ‘70s musical influences are more pronounced. We’re big fans of The Kinks, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Brian Wilson, Led Zeppelin, and, of course, The Damned. Sean and I also had musical productions like Jesus Christ SuperstarPhantom of the Paradise, Tommy and Hair in mind when writing this album.”

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Personally this writer is very excited for more Professor And The Madman. I’m definitely gonna pick up “Séance” on the Yellow Vinyl + CD + Board Game Accessory Kit before it sells out!

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 Séance: Tracklist
 
1. All the Lonely Souls (Voice: Elliott)
2. Séance (Vocal: Elliott)
3. So Long (Vocal: Agnew)
4. Real Me (Vocal: Elliott)
5. A Child’s Eyes (Vocal: Agnew) 
6. Time Machine (Vocal: Agnew)
7. Man With Nothing to Lose (Vocal: Elliott)
8. Two Tickets to the Afterlife (Vocal: Elliott)
9. The Council of Purgatory (Vocal: Agnew)
10. All the Lonely Souls (Reprise)
11. Greetings From the Other Side (Vocal: Elliott)
12. New World (Vocal: Elliott)
 
Produced, mixed & mastered by Sean Elliott and Alfie Agnew at Hollydale Studios, Fullerton, California; March 2019-March 2020
 
All songs by Professor and the Madman
 
Alfie Agnew: Vocals, guitars, keyboards, horn, tea kettle
Sean Elliott: Vocals, guitars, keyboards, horns, bamboo
Paul Gray: Bass guitar
Rat Scabies: Drums and percussion

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Rat Scabies – P.H.D. (Prison, Hospital, Debt

The rock world has pretty much shit on the idea of drummers writing songs, ever since the Beatles decided to put “Octopus’ Garden” on an album. To hear people talk about the song, one would think that it was the musical equivalent of the Hindenburg explosion or something. That ONE song has been a curse to drummers all over the world who want to write songs (a curse which Dave Grohl seems immune to… perhaps we should examine his DNA, for a cure). It’s safe to say, there isn’t a modern drummer alive who hasn’t been the butt of a joke relating to a song that they had absolutely NO influence in writing!

Well, maybe it’ll kill some of my cred, but I’m willing to risk it, in defense of the drummers… I’ll just come out and say it…

I fucking LIKED “Octopus’ Garden,” and I don’t fucking care WHAT anybody thinks about that!

So, HERE’S TO THE DRUMMERS!

The BACKBONE of the rhythm!

The one ALWAYS obscured by the other band members!

Usually, the CRAZIEST member of the band!

OI OI OI!!! DRINK UP, FUCKERS!!!

… now…

Having said that, Rat Scabies, the ICONIC drummer from The Damned, has his own album out now, and it kicks ass!!!

It’s eclectic, quirky, and would fall into the same kind of “unclassifiable” genre as bands like Ween. The album takes routes through several genres; everything from Big Band, to Pink Floyd, to a song that feels like you’re in a seedy basement punk show in London, c. 1980; and just about everything in-between. It’s largely instrumental; only a few tracks have vocals, but it is heavily laden with clips from various places.

In it’s entirety, the album is a really fun, very British-sounding album that’s best enjoyed while completely stoned out of your mind. Take a few dabs, pour yourself a nice sipping whiskey (I recommend Tullamore Dew or Bulleit Bourbon), and then sit back and enjoy this trip through eclecticity!

… and because I’m sure you want to know where to pick up this spinning disc (or other means of digital transfer), you can find it here: ​https://ratscabies.bandcamp.com/

It’s best heard on vinyl! https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/rat-scabies-p-h-d-prison-hospital-debt-cd/

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