Today, we’re premiering a track entitled “Montoya” off the newest release from DC’s The Ratchet Boys. The band has released an album entitled DCxPC Live Presents: Vol. 11 The Ratchet Boys (Live) which is a benefit album for cancer research. The album was originally released in 2001 but will now be available for the first time on vinyl and consists of a collection of live tracks from 2000. The Ratchet Boys worked harder than anyone to ensure that local talent was showcased as often as possible. They were heroes of the scene. The scene lost Dan Hess the singer for the Ratchet Boys in 2007 from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. All proceeds for this album, to be released on September 23rd, will be going to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to honor Dan’s memory.
Here’s a quote from Scott Pasch – DCxPC Live about the band:
“The Ratchet Boys were crucial to the DC Ska scene both in bringing larger bands here on tour and helping younger bands get their start. The band itself always put on an amazingly donut filled fun show and owed so much of its personality to their late lead singer, Dan Hess, whose personality was so big and loud that he was like his own 14 piece Ska band all by himself. His humor, kindness and leadership were a serious loss to the scene and our lives, and that’s why I’m so honored to be releasing this album with 100% of the money (No money, other than shipping, will be kept by the label or band; not even to cover the cost of pressing the album) going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in his name. The cover art is the most artistic the DCxPC Live has ever done, but that’s because The Ratchet Boy’s guitarist, Alex Fine, wanted to do the cover. He was the Raymond Pettibon of the Baltimore scene doing flyers, posters, shirts, and album covers for countless Punk, Ska, and Hardcore bands. Since then you’ve seen his work in the Atlantic, Newsweek, and even on the Golden Girls coloring book, but also still on designs for local bands at costs that are affordable for small local bands.”
Bobby Bobson of The Ratchet Boys added the following about the single:
“Montoya, the first single from the album, is a catchy instrumental ska scorcher that showcases the live energy of the band in 2000.”
Stream “Montoya” below and make sure that you grab your copy of DCxPC Live Presents: Vol. 11 The Ratchet Boys (Live) today!