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 and "Another Fine Mess" in Feb
2015. 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, lead singer Derek's cousin
Imelda May. They continue to play at Dublin's longest running reggae
night every Sunday in Temple Bar pub The Foggy Dew, which still draws
big crowds from every nation.
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
2015 sees the release of their third album "Another Fine Mess" which
they will be bringing to festivals & venues across Europe.