Rabid is an old band which only done a mini-LP and a
single I think back in the 70-80´s. They´re reformed and here they are again
with force to tore down the society… November 2014.
Please tell me a little bit history about the band? Why did you start the
-The band started in 1979, at this time pretty much everyone was in a band
and we wanted to channel our energy and enthusiasm of punk into music - the
bands we were seeing were kids like us and that punk attitude of ' why not?'
started it off. We had some success in the early 80's. We were signed to
Fallout records and supported bigger bands such as GBH as well as doing
small tours of the UK ourselves. Although we changed some band members, we
were always true to the type of punk music we liked to play. By the mid
'80's things started to go wrong. We had amassed a large skinhead following
and this tended to cause trouble at gigs away from home. Eventually no
promotor would put us on and any wages we were paid ended up having to be
paid out to the venues for damage done by our fans. In the end it was our
success that killed us off.
Please tell me a little about every member in the group right now age,
family, work, interests and something bad about everyone?
-There’s me, Dean Grant on vocals, 54 years old, married to Carol who I have
known since 1979, we met again 4 years ago and have been married now for 2
years. I have a daughter age 21 from a previous relationship. We keep
chickens, grow vegetables, make out own wine and beer and try to live in a
responsible environmentally aware lifestyle. Bad thing about myself, nothing
mate I'm perfect * although the others may say my huge ego gets in the
On Guitar is Col, age 47, 2 kids from previous relationships, currently
single, likes to chill out with a Guinness and a spliff - spends too much
time at The Donkey which is the pub next door to where he lives.
Gaz on drums, Gaz is 51 and has played drums for all his life. Spend the
wilderness years playing clubs and pubs in a wide variety of bands and
different music genres. Likes fast thrashy punk music. Married an American
lady and lived in the US for a while until they broke up in a messy way -
one daughter - likes to ride horses in his spare time. Has spent time in a
jail in Nashville!
Ajax, 50 years old, is rock n roll personified. Lives with his rock chick
and is a grandad! Can do impressions of any type of accent, cannot stop
talking - gets drunk on 1 can of Polish beer!
What´s the difference of playing live nowadays if you compare with when you
started to play?
-There is no trouble at our gigs now -funnily enough some of the original
skinheads still come to the gigs and are the most law abiding guys you could
want to meet - definitely the type of guys you want at your gigs nowadays!
Is it better to have come up in age and know more things about both life and
-I think it’s difficult for kids to break into the business these days
although there is no shortage of really good bands around. A lot of kids
don't go to gigs like we used to and need to appreciate the buzz that going
to see live music brings - too much manufactured bands out there these days
- but....if that’s how you can get a kid interested in going to gigs then
there’s a place for them too.
What´s the best thing with playing live?
-The buzz of being on stage - there’s nothing that can describe that.
And where is best to play?
-A home crowd is nerve racking as you feel that everyone is there expecting
a good time and you don't want to f@@k up -having said that though it’s
great to see your mates dancing a way in front of the stage!
How is it to play this sort of music in England?
-Punk is still good in England but not as popular as it is in Europe or the
How would you describe your music in three words?
-F@@cking Great Man
What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?
-It’s a do-it-yourself attitude -it’s a lifestyle choice although I wouldn't
wear a mohawk anymore!
How do you see on downloading, mp3 and that stuff?
-Downloading is great, music on your iPod or phone is so handy, however
there’s nothing like the sound on vinyl or the sheer joy of owning a record
How is it to live England now(where do you live)?
Politically? Or do you don´t give a damn?
-We live in Leicester which is the centre of the Country - very
multi-cultural and diverse. Is this a good thing? I wouldn't want to be
drawn into a political argument as my views can be quite radical on certain
subjects. We don't talk politics within the band, we are all opposing views
it could cause arguments - when we are drunk we just take the piss out of
each other we don't do any soul searching or putting the world to rights.
Is there any good bands from England now? ?
-Yeah lots, we are still mates with GBH and Drongos so we all still support
each other. As a band we like lots of different other bands and types of
music. Carol drags me to the Opera every now and again, it’s not bad!
What do you know about Sweden?
-Not a great deal, Stockholm is a pretty cool city, the original guitarist
Steve Alcock lives there, he married a Swedish girl and Col had a Swedish
Have you heard any good bands from Sweden?
-Weren't Abba from Sweden?
Your lyrics, who does them and what influences you?
-We all have a go at the lyrics although I tend to change them to suit
myself ( that’s my huge Ego), what influences them? Life in general, things
that piss me off, love, women, sex, - I don't write political songs, I used
to write about War but now I don't watch the news, I should write about
chickens -they are my passion
Is there any subject that you never will write anything about?
-Did I just answer that? Politics, War, Religion - anything that can be
misconstrued - some people will try to paint you as a fascist/ sexist/racist
- life's not that one dimensional- we are here to have a good time and give
the audience a good night out - not preach to them
Politic and music, does it goes hand in hand? Which is your most political
song? And your most unserious song?
-Second Coming was written in 1982 and was an anti-communist song -we still
play it now -think it has a different meaning now though if you listen to
the words and interpret them as you will
Our most 'unserious' song is KNT, written this year - we have a laugh
playing that and always get audience participation - its not been recorded
yet you may have to see if you can youtube it
Best political band/artist?
Do you think that music(lyrics and so on) can change
anyones life, I mean people who listens to music?
-Everyone has some lyrics they can relate to and may say that a certain song
changed their life.
Yes I would say that music can shape your life maybe not change it
Do you have any label to your new songs that you sent??
When does the new fullength see the light?
-We are not signed to a label, we put the 12" out ourselves. An album will
be recorded in the new year - once we have done enough gigs to pay for it!
Is it important for you to get out physical records? ?
-Yes everyone loves vinyl - we sell a lot at gigs
Please tell me a funny thing which have happened during
your career and under some gig? I can imagine that it´s wild
-The early days are a bit of a haze, too many illegal substances cloud the
memory! We did play one gig though when the whole PA system was brought down
by the skinheads. Recently one of them came up to me at a gig and asked if I
remembered that night - he said there ' was a bit of a fuss' - to put it
mildly - I think we were chased out of the venue and have never been back to
this day although it’s still there!
How does your audience look like? Which people do you miss on your concerts?
Is it the same type of people as on your old concerts?
-We get a lot of people our age - fans from back in the day and some new
fans, our kids are of an age where they can come to gigs with their mates -
hopefully we have some 20 something’s that can relate to use now too!
Please rank your five favoriterecords, five favoriteconcerts and five most
important things in life?
-I can't say for the rest of the band but mine are as follows:
Al Wilson - The Snake
999 - feeling alright with the crew
Dead Kennedys -California uber allez
Crazy Town - Butterfly
Slipknot - wait and bleed
Sham 69 - Leicester 1978
The Ruts-Leicester 1979
GBH - Nottingham 1983
Rob Zombie - Download Fest - 2014
Paradimes -Leicester 2014
Carol -my wife
being true to yourself
respecting other people
When you play this angry music, do you think people who plays angry music
like this are calmer people otherwise because you can get out your anger in
-We don't play angry music but the energy people use up at our gigs by
dancing or having a good time must be a release for a lot of people. If you
have no outlet then you can become like a coiled spring - something is going
to trigger that off somewhere –
Please ask the questions you never get but you want to have, ask it and
-I'm going to the bar what do you want? - make mine a large one
Futureplans for the band?
-New album and to carry on playing - we would like to do a small European
tour next year -have some tentative dates in Holland in February -perhaps we
will get as far as Sweden?
-I have everything I ever wanted - as long as I keep what I have I am a
-Don't make money your God
Something to add?
-If someone had told me in my 20's I would be doing this again in my 50's I
would have shook their hand and said 'dream on' and here I am - doing
alright with the crew.
cheers Peter, hope this is enough for you!!