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PRESS QUOTES ABOUT THE RAT OPERA:


MIAMI HERALD: The music, composed by Franklin and Elba, is tuneful, upbeat and clever. The band wields dynamics like a light saber, hitting sonic booms and doo wop vocals to tell Rat's story. It's not unlike The Who's Tommy performed by the Pixies.

BROWARD/PALM BEACH NEW TIMES:  A masterpiece... An engaging tale within the body of emotionally charged songs.

SUN SENTINEL: An impressive collection of songs that depend on the strengths of the songwriters’ respective styles. The music can be loud, naturally, but it’s never gratuitous and is insistently melodic...The Rat Opera, offers as much admiration as accusation, the songs celebrating Falestra’s fathoms-deep musical knowledge, uncanny ability to draw beautiful women to his side and fundamentally genial nature (albeit one shrouded underneath layers of unfiltered noise and outspokenness).
 

MIAMI NEW TIMES: Uniquely weird.

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Purchase the Soundtrack to the Rat Opera Here

SOUNDTRACK TO THE RAT OPERA

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AVAILABLE NOW:

Click: here for iTunes, here for Amazon,  here for Bandcamp (for highest quality downloads and physical CDs)

Also available on CD Baby and most streaming sites.

Press inquires - please contact us here for more info.

 


SOUNDTRACK TO THE RAT OPERA

1) WINGS & PARTS I
2) A BOY CALLED RAT
3) FRANCIS IS SPECIAL
4) TAKE OUT THE KEYS
5) THE WORST BAND IN AMERICA
6) ASLEEP AT THE BOARD
7) YOU’LL WRITE GOOD COMMERCIALS
8) OUTSIDE THIS BAR
9) SQUELCHER
10) ALL YOUR TONE IS WRONG
11) HE’S MY NOTHING
12) GLORY HOLE BASTARD GHOST
13) THAT’S NOT MUSIC
14) BALLAD OF THE RAT
15) WHAT’S OUR GODDAMN PLAN NOW?
16) WINGS AND PARTS II
17) WINGS AND PARTS (REPRISE)

THE RAT OPERA

Starring:
Rob Elba (vocals, guitars)
Brian Franklin (vocals, guitars)
Russell Mofsky (guitars, noise)
Andre Serafini (drums)
William Trev (bass)
Diane Ward (vocals)
Ali Culotta (vocals)

Additional vocals featuring the Rat Opera Chorus:
Amy Baxter
Bobby MacIntyre
Tony Landa
 

Created by Rob Elba and Brian Franklin
Recorded at the Dan Hosker Studio in Miami Beach and Beach Sound Studios in North Miami.
Engineered by Bill Blackstone and Andre Serafini at Beach Sound Studios and Frank “Rat Bastard” Falestra at the Dan Hosker Studio. Additional vocal tracks recorded by Bobby MacIntyre at Studio 71 in El Portal, Florida.

Mixed at Studio 71 by Bobby MacIntyre
Mastered at Capitol Mastering by Bob Vosgien

Cover art by Juan Montoya
Graphic design by Diane Ward

Thank you to everyone who has supported this effort over the years, and to Rat for providing such great material (and support).

Special thanks to Mr. Mark Eitzel and Mr. Robert Pollard, who indirectly – and unknowingly -  helped inspire this project.

All songs written by Rob Elba and Brian Franklin except the last 90 seconds of Outside this Bar, which covers a portion of (the amazing) Outside this Bar written by Mark Eitzel.

© 2015 NOETA Music, BMI (UPC CODE)

In memory of Dan Hosker, Bobby ‘Load’ Johnston, and Gayle Stamas.

 

SONG DESCRIPTIONS

WINGS AND PARTS PT1
Rat's nemesis Bernando, disgusted by all the attention Rat’s band Scraping Teeth is getting for being voted Worst Band In America, mocks Rats day job as a ramp rat at the airport. 

BOY CALLED RAT
Rat’s mom worries what will become of her little boy and wonders what those strange noises are coming from his room.

FRANCIS IS SPECIAL
Mrs Falestra (Rat’s mom) and Rat’s guardian angel Robert Pollard (of the band Guided By Voices) try to understand what exactly IS going on under that beanie.

TAKE OUT THE KEYS
Rat has taken all the black keys out of the studio’s Wurlitzer Organ – because “it sounds better that way."

THE WORST BAND IN AMERICA
Bernando and Miami Herald reporter Rian argue over the merits of being crowned “the worst band in America."

ASLEEP AT THE BOARD
Aspiring singer/songwriter Rian is trying to lay a song down at Rat’s studio, but the track is very long and Rat is very sleepy…

YOU’LL WRITE GOOD COMMERCIALS
Upon hearing Rian’s attempt at writing a hit, Rat mockingly exclaims: “you’ll sell a lot of cars with that song!”

OUTSIDE THIS BAR
Rat has been thrown out of the club during the city’s music festival, but that doesn’t stop him from performing his favorite Mark Eitzel song a cappella and at the top of his lungs.

SQUELCHER
Rat’s newest creation, the Laundryroom Squelchers, hits the stage for the first time.

ALL YOUR TONE IS WRONG
Rat schools Rian on his strict rules for being a consummate performer, and not sucking. 

HE'S MY NOTHING
Rat’s old flame sings about a man who’s hard to love, and even harder to forget.

GLORY HOLE BASTARD GHOST
Rat’s current girlfriend Charli is sick of hearing about all his old flames and wants to set the record straight as to who the Bastard’s heart belongs to.

THAT’S NOT MUSIC
Bernando proclaims that whatever it is Rat’s doing, it’s not music, and swears that he could “give it soul."

BALLAD OF THE RAT
Rat explains to everyone why he’s the king of the freaks and they all suck.

WHAT'S OUR GODDAMN PLAN, NOW?
Rat finally realizes that he cares for Charli and may have taken her for granted, and they both vow to sort it out at Churchills.

WINGS AND PARTS II
The duality of Rat’s life (ramp rat by day, noise star by night) is celebrated, with a little help from Mr Robert Pollard himself.

WINGS AND PARTS (REPRISE)
He’s been up for forty hours, but he’ll STILL service your plane and make your ears bleed, and you can call him RAT!

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About


STORY OF THE RAT OPERA

HOW THIS ALL CAME TO PASS.

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STORY OF THE RAT OPERA

HOW THIS ALL CAME TO PASS.

ALMOST 20 years in the making.

 

Originally conceived in 1996, the Rat Opera is a homage to (still breathing) producer and avant-garde artist Rat Bastard. Rat has been a fixture in the South Florida music scene for over 30 years – and has produced some of the earliest demos of the area’s best acts.  Founder of the yearly International Noise Conference, he’s widely recognized as one of the early pioneers of “noise rock” – a dissonant cacophony of sound he himself described once as “unlistenable.”    In the early 1990s, he set his sights on Spin Magazine’s Worst Band in America award – and won.  By day, he is Frank Falestra, South Beach condo President and former long time airline employee. By night he is someone altogether different…he is Rat Bastard.

A love story of sorts to both a music scene and the people involved in it, the core of The Rat Opera, of course, is the music, which has been lauded by local music critics as "a masterpiece", "energetic and boisterous," "insistently melodic," "decidedly tuneful" and "not unlike The Who's Tommy performed by the Pixies."

Created by Rob Elba and Brian Franklin, the Rat Opera has now been performed over 10 times on stages throughout South Florida, including 2 packed nights at the Cinema Paradiso.

Elba and Franklin will now be shopping the production to producers.  Interested?  Contact us.

 
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