the bionic rats
Dublin, County Dublin
The Bionic Rats are a 5/6 piece Ska & Reggae influenced band based
in Dublin, Ireland. They write & record their own material & have self
released three albums, 'Return of The Bionic Rats' in 2009, '
...should be seen & not heard' in 2012, "Another Fine Mess" in Feb
2015 and T.B.R. in Aug 2016.
Formed after the break up of kingsativa they continue to fly the
flag for reggae & ska in Ireland.
In between recording albums the band have shared the stage over
the years with many of their musical mentors including the nutty boys
themselves Madness, Bad Manners, Massive Attack's vocalist of choice
Horace Andy, Reggae veterans Israel Vibration, Johnny Clarke and Bob
Marley's mentor Lee 'Scratch' Perry. Closer to home they've opened for
Damien Dempsey & on several occasions, Imelda May.
In August 2013 they played at the One Love Festival in Sussex, to
represent Ireland in the U.K.'s premier reggae festival which led to
Doc Marten's using their song "Dear John" for an online campaign. In
April 2014 the band played at the London International Ska Festival in
Camden, the first Irish band to do so in the festivals 20 year
August 2015 saw The Bionic Rats make their Irish TV debut on The Imelda May Show,
playing the track ‘It Won’t Last’ with lead singer Derek Clabby being interviewed by his first cousin Imelda.
In 2016 they celebrated their 10th year at Dublin’s longest running reggae night ‘The Sunday Skank’ in the Temple Bar pub The Foggy Dew, which draws large crowds from every nation.
Sept 2016 they appeared on the front cover of issue #83 of the worlds longest running ‘Skazine’ Do The Dog Skazine
October 2016 their tracks ‘Don’t Be Giving it All That’ and ‘Brand New Geansai’ featured in the Pat Short movie The Flag.
Easter 2017 saw a return of The Bionic Rats to London at The London International Ska Festival
They continue to play live and record, with 15 tracks being mixed at the moment.