Rat Bastard and Scraping Teeth Are Back for The Worst Band in America Tour 2012


"So eventually, Coyne was like, 'Hey, is it OK if we just take off?' And I was like, 'Yeah, no problem, dude. We got you covered.' They were nice about it. But I guess they were just totally freaked out. They weren't ready for that shit.

"You know, if the Lips even remember it, they'd probably say, 'That's worst band we've ever seen in our lives! We couldn't take it!' But everybody at the Cameo loved us."

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The Scraping Teeth control center at Rat's Squelchers HQ.

Soon after that glorious shitshow, though, the original Scraping Teeth "just kinda died off" because "Flex had to go back to Venezuela 'cause he had a young daughter there. And then A.J just started working on motorcycles and," Rat laughs, "briefly became the drummer for Flock of Seagulls with Mike Score."

Similarly, the classically crappy era of Rat's crew recognized by Spin disintegrated over time. "Yeah. Fishfungus became an attorney in Salem, Oregon. And Dimthingshine moved to New York to teach percussion or yoga or whatever the hell. You know, spiritual, musical stuff."

But now Mr. Bastard and Scraping Teeth are back. And next Tuesday, they'll be kicking off their 17-city Worst Band in America Tour 2012 at Churchill's Pub with a revamped roster featuring Holly Hunt's Gavin Perry and Beatriz Monteavaro as well as Snakehole's Autumn Casey. "We have no idea what's gonna happen," Rat says. "We haven't praticed at all. Not even once. So it's gonna be a total surprise what we sound like."

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Mr. Bastard not practicing the drums.

They also won't be playing any Scraping Teeth fan favorites like "Blow Me While I Shit" or "Mary Had a Fucking Goat." Everything will be new and semi-improvised. "We're not gonna play any old tracks. We'll just make up the music along the way and we'll write the lyrics in the car between gigs. We'll all write a song or two. We'll spend a minute trying to memorize the words. And then we'll just end up singing them any way we want.

"Basically, we're gonna go for it," Rat explains. "You know, our motivation was always to be the greatest band in the world. It's what we've tried to do. And that's how you get to be the worst."

Scraping Teeth's The Worst Band In America Tour 2012 kickoff show with Holly Hunt, 90s Teen, and Normads. Tuesday, April 10. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and admission cost $5 at the door. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-757-1807 or visit churchillspub.com.

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