The Scally Cap Brats Biography:
The Scally Cap Brats formed in the summer of 2010 out of a chance meeting between Mike Pusiak and Mike Franey. They quickly discovered a mutual love for Punk, Oi! and Celtic music which led to talk about starting a band.
The original lineup was then solidified by the fall, with Kevin Grace on Drums and Katherine Maziec on bass. Soon after, a set list was completed. This set would include traditional folk songs, aggressive folk punk, and many songs with an Oi! Influence. It was soon time for the first show, in Ottawa, at Maverick’s bar. No one was sure what to expect beforehand but the band took to the stage with a vengeance, making an immediate impression on the attendees.
The Scally Cap Brats tore through their set, bursting with energy and excitement that had the crowd clapping and dancing along all night. After the first show The Scally Cap Brats went on to celebrate St. Patrick’s day by playing two nights at Zaphod’s Beeblebrox. The first night, March 16th, saw the Brats opening up for Celtic Punk legends The Mahones; The second night, March 17th, saw them honour St. Patrick alongside local Oi! juggernauts, the Rookers. It was the begining of a momentous start for the Scally Cap Brats as they quickly began making a name for themselves throughout the city and beyond.
With 2012 came several lineup changes Danny DeVille (The Matadors, Sick Sick Sicks) joined the band on bass for a brief period before moving behind the drum kit, while Collin Hanes of Murder State agreed to fill in on Bass. Just one month after Danny’s arrival, The Brats entered the studio to record their debut album, “Let us Drink, For We Must Die”. A 12 track effort featuring catchy celtic riffs, pounding bass, and sing along choruses.
You can hear the influence of bands such as Dropkick Murphys, Street Dogs, Stiff Littler Fingers, The Dubliners, and Stan Rogers, yet also hear the band’s own unique voice coming through. The release of this album was celebrated on September 14th, 2012 alongside their good friends, Machine Gun Dolly.
The show turned out to be the most raucous, beer soaked show to date for the band, yet it is still just the beginning. Since their first show in February of 2011 The Scally Cap Brats have shared the stage with bands such as The Mahones, Matadors, Koffin Kats, 3tards and The Dreadnoughts. They have also recorded 2 EP’s, one full length album, and are looking forward to 2013 with shows alongside The Oppresed, Prowlers, and King Size Braces.