PHOTO CREDIT: James Bridges
The UK-based mega-talented duo comprised of The Damned founding member Rat Scabies and Billy Shinbone from cult psychedelic honky-tonk outfit Flipron and most recently guitar slinger for Neville Staple of The Specials are patiently awaiting the release of their debut instrumental gem Sparkle on May 8th through Cleopatra Records. “Sparkles appeals to the magpie,” explains Scabies. “It’s a vicious thieving creature, but one with great taste.” The duo is kicking the release into gear by unveiling the video for their very first single, a spooky off-kilter lullaby titled “Half Way Round Your Dreams” via Brooklyn Vegan. Limited edition red vinyl is now available for preorder here. In addition, the album can be pre-saved on your preferred streaming service here.
Sparkle is easy listening made difficult. Scabies describes it as “comfortable unsettling and warmly unnerving.” It’s a cocktail of snaking spaghetti western guitar melodies, freestyle improvised electronica, and explosive punk rock drumming with dark sci-fi and wayward sound effects. From a cotton candy lullaby garnished with tarantulas (“Half Way Round Your Dreams”) to a street gang of macrocephalic hoodlums hanging out on the streets of Mexican antiquity (“La Venta”) to a new psychedelic roller derby anthem (“Lipstick Rumble”) to Rat’s adventures hunting for The Holy Grail in the medieval tunnels of southwest France (“The Sewers of Carcassonne”) to the impossibility of being able to catch a UFO (“Dodgems”) to the new Wild West (“Quantum Cavalcade”) – Sparkleprovides a soundtrack for your surreal journey that recalls classic surf movies, spaghetti westerns, and ‘60s spy movies.
THE SINCLAIRS is Rat Scabies (drums) and Billy Shinbone (guitar). Their debut album Sparkle will be released on May 8th via Cleopatra Records. The duo is planning to play some shows after the world gets back to normal.

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