Sunday, February 8, 2015
BCT #8 - Rattus - Finnish Hardcore
Chris BCT Says:
This came out 3/84. We decided to ask 3 of our favorite bands if they'd send us something for a tape, Rattus, Terveet Kadet and Funeral Oration. This tape was completely made by Rattus. It includes demos from 12/81, '82 and '83 for 32 songs and 2 live songs from '83. Over the years I've seen the occasional list of Rattus releases and this tape is rarely listed on such discographies. It is excellent. We had an alternative cover, way better than this country one, of Rattus in big letters over an a bomb cloud and a guy with his back of his head to the explosion drawn by Jason Treager. At least we used it in our BCT catalog. We were working with Vote Vasko, the main punk connection for Finnish punk with the rest of the punk world, to have Rattus on the Raw Power summer '84 tour. However, at sorta the last minute they couldn't make it and instead he asked if Riistetyt could come instead. We said sure cuz they were also musically great. Turned out on the tour they changed their musical style to more like Lords of the New Church, Jr., but, what the heck. So a few of the flyers from that tour show Rattus on the flyer tho they were never here in '84. I think they first toured the U.S. in 2002 if I'm not mistaken.