Ghetto-Dubsters, Bootleg Rascal, are masters of hip-hop infused jams and sonic brews: blending infectious alternative rhythms with “Exquisitely raspy vocals “ (theMusic.com May 2015).
The band have been touring since they formed in mid-2013 when the group of misfits first met in the back room of a seedy Sydney gig. Soon after, they hit the garage and crafted together their first ep of original material and toured – up and down the east coast - their first gig was playing Woodford Folk Festival in 2013/14.
Their dubalicious single ‘Oh I Know’ went straight onto Triple J on high rotation and picked up play on community radio stations including: 4ZZZ, PBS and 2SER. Their hooky disco beats, sick riffs and Carlos’s sexy vocals, you’ll be singing the tunes hours after you’ve had a whiff of ‘em, and what’s more, you’ll have forgotten where you’ve picked it up from – kinda suits them to a tee.
Staying true to the Rascal flavour, the first full length album, ‘Asleep In The Machine’ features some taco-licking tones that shoot from the hip and bounce off into a galaxy of space gorillaz. Carlos’ prego sauce-dipped vocals are the salsa in the taco layer. Sitting above Jimmy’s unique intergalactic guitar riffs and Jack’s trip-hop beats and kicks on a bed of dublactic bass lines and synths.
The rascals recently played one of Australia’s juiciest festivals, The Big Pineapple where they performed to a heaving midday crowd and fed them a 12 course set menu filled with dub-hop beats and 80’s electro soul vibes alongside their label-mates Boo Seeka and Gold Member.
2017 has seen the Bootleg Rascal boys undertake their first ever headline tour of NZ with a clean sweep selling out all shows in Wellington, Auckland, Queenstown and Christchurch. Off the back of their completely sold out Aus tour, the band jumped a plane and flew straight to Europe and then to the UK to play a couple of shows, hitting capacity in Leeds and Amsterdam.
With a couple of months down time back on home soil, the band are currently working on their second full length album alongside longtime collaborator/producer Ian Pritchett (Boo Seeka & Kim Churchill). Their first single ‘Love Her Like I Love You’ (2016) is the first taste of what’s to come from their forthcoming second LP.