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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. Bonding over their love of music and jalapeno poppers and spreading/sharing tales of childish escapades (still to this day). Soon after, they hit the studio 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. Since then, they've melted festival stages around Australia including Festival of the Sun (Port Macquarie), Lost Paradise (Peats Ridge), The Falls Festival (Byron Bay) and The Big Pineapple (Sunshine Coast).
Their first 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. The margarita sippin' dub monsters released their first full-length album,'Asleep In The Machine' in Jan 2016. Staying true to the Rascal flavour, the album features some tequila slurping tones that shoot from the hip and bounce off into a galaxy of space gorillaz. It's an album that will dip you into a Cancun boat party, then shake you into the Sunday morning recovery. Carlos' prego sauce-dipped vocals are the salsa in the taco layer. Sitting above unique intergalactic guitar riffs and hip-hop beats and kicks on a bed of dublactic bass lines and synths.
The title track single, 'Asleep In The Machine', was added to Triple J's rotation list the week of its release. Triple J were also able to help them participate in 'Like A Version' where they did a killer cover of The Weekend's 'The Hills' and an original, 'Asleep In The Machine'.
Bootleg Rascal jetted off to North America in April 2016, on a month long support tour. Playing shows all over North America and Canada. After touring around America they returned to Europe in June/July for their first headline tour over there. Performing to European summer crowds and feeding them a 12 course set menu filled with jalapeno gobbling melodies and 90's west coast beats.
2017 saw 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. Then off the back of their completely sold out Australian 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.
Taking time off the road, The Rascals are currently working on their second full length album alongside longtime collaborator/producer Ian Pritchett. A record that will emphasize their melodic knack, and bass driven grooves. Exploring their obsession for 90's hip hop synths, taking cues from West Coast Rap, and infusing them with galactic-dub licks and skanks. Their second album will be release in September, through Sureshaker.