Sat 17 Oct
Vice Squad
 + Dread Messiah
 + Those Naughty Lunps + The Legendary Too Drunk
Vice Squad – the female fronted UK Punk Rock band that delivers short sharp songs with incisive lyrics spat out over a thunderous rhythm and machine gun Rock ’n’ Roll guitars. Renowned for their high energy live shows the band deliver their set with passion and humour and have been touring and releasing successful albums since the1980s. The band’s new album ‘Battle of Britain’ is due any day now, and tonight will be the official alum launch party, so bring your party hearty good self intent on having a bloody good time (all of the time, natch). Their last album ‘Cardboard Country’ was released on their own Last Rockers label and  launched on the back of a very successful Pledge campaign raising funds for the Shelter homeless charity in line with the album title.    Vice Squad is fronted, as you’d wish, by raucous voiced singer/guitarist Beki Bondage,  who was featured on the front cover of ALL the influential music tabloids back in the day. The band is 100% DIY and has no record company or management backing. Since reforming Vice Squad in 1997 the band has released several albums with powerful punk songs that are very well received by fans and press. In keeping with the DIY ethic the albums were recorded in the front room of Beki’s South London flat. Bugbear are overjoyed to bring Vice Squad back to The Water Rats tonight… Dread Messiah – classic Hackney ‘ardcore outfit back on the road and in the Water Rats tonite to tear it a new one with their awesome, portentous punk/metal hybrid rifferama. With Big Grey up front, no doubt incorporating a bit of his infamous circus act talent (all seven foot plus of him) to help nail home just how good this band are. Those Naughty Lumps  – Original Liverpool punk/new wave band (‘Iggy Pop’s Jacket’ on Zoo Recs is a classic 45) , darlings of Eric’s from back in the as they say day when it was all Teardrops n Bunnymen n Wah and Pete Burns could safely be declared Alive. High comedy sax infused rip roaring social comment tweaked pop gems in dark glasses. The Legendary Too Drunk – Irreverent venal venting and boisterous bonhomie combine beautifully in the punk pop world of Leg Too Drunk, who span the punk rock worlds of U.S ’60s garage and U.K ’70s front room all with a jollied up world view that’s most endearing amidst the ramalama.
The Water Rats

Doors from 7.15
£12 on the door
£10 in advance
Sat 31 Oct
SLADY!
 + Special Guests TBA
 + Glam Rock DJ Action
SLADY– Yes, this was oiginally booked a ceebration of  Super Yob’s Birthday BashSlade guitar god and style guru (Hey..The Queen..when will he get a gong for his invaluable contributions to the bacofoil industry?!) Dave Hill was thingty thing years of age at the beginning of April when this show was originally meant to be happening, a fab reason to celebrate Slade’s remarkable cannon with the world’s only all girl Slade tribute band… the amazing SLADY.  As is Hallowe’en … there may have been some horrors in the TOTP studio back in the day, but this year’s October 31st is all about much needed fun fun fun…tonite let’s party like it’s 1972.
The Water Rats

Doors from 7.15
£12 on the door
£10 in advance
Fri 20 Nov
Cesarians
 + Starsha Lee
Cesarians always have as much a cerebral aspect to their remarkable outsider chanson as an intensely emotional one … intensity, songcraft, passion and raw emotions. Something dark, beautiful and inordinately powerful comes your way.  Nobody else does what they do, although there maybe some artful goodness to chew on for fans of Nick Cave, Jacques Bel, Scott WalkerBowie, and of late edgy electronica artists like Goldfrapp. New material is about to be launched in the form of a heart rending new album centred around some very harrowing and deeply personal subject matter,  as singer Charlie Finke says ‘Every word and every note is performed with utter passion and commitment’ …that’s certainly readily apparent when you watch this band perform live. And The Water Rats is a venue that fits them beautifully, don’t miss. Starsha Lee– Talking of passion and commitment, you most assuredly get that with bells on from a Starsha Lee show. Starsha Lee, the artist, singer, front person, gives it her absolute all, as Starsha Lee, the ferocious post grunge psych punk rocknroll band plug into some feral but psychologically pregnant primal wigging out. She screams, she thrashes, she disrobes, she convulses and gurgles and yes it is art. For fans of Yoko Ono, The Stooges, Diamanda Gallas, Nirvana.
The Water Rats

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£8 in advance