"Raucous, rambunctious, rhinestone-free Country tunes that rock and are packed with hooks and killer choruses. Tighter than a sand crab's arse"
- Jonathon Kardasz - Bristol 24/7 O2 Acedmy Review
"Just brilliant, it made me HAVE to get up and dance!"
- Livvy & Chrissy - BBC Radio Bristol
Self-described “dirty, working-class motherfuckers,” the Reprobates are a microcosm of the times – angry young men whose new album – Red Ray and the Reprobates – perfectly encapsulates a state-of-being felt by anyone struggling to get-by in uncertain times. From Quicksand, and Hard Luck Barnaby, to Giant Song; The Reprobates’ music is harsh, hilarious, and a righteous litany against the Sisyphean toil of life in an uncaring, neon world. The retro, Cash-esque stage presence, interwoven with traces of Punk, Grunge, and Brit-Pop, gives a delightfully raucous voice to a generation left-behind.
But, whether you’d describe them as Western, Blues, or Post-Punk rebels, one thing is absolutely etched into the scorched Earth, left in the wake of Red Ray and the Reprobates:
This ain’t your dad’s country music!
The South Bristol Voice once described Red Ray and the Reprobates as being “shambolic,” and on your first encounter with this rough-around-the-edges Country and Rock-n-Roll group, you’d be forgiven for perhaps imagining them as a leaderless band of wandering outlaws, out to shake-down some far-flung Old West town.
The Reprobates have crept into Bristol’s counterculture music scene under the cover of night, before seizing it by the lapels, and shaking it to the core.
‘Red’ Ray Lannon, himself, is a bright, cheerful Geordie whose penchant for cider, and distinct dislike for big corporations (a fact which receives a subtle nod in the band’s song Scottish Power, I Hate You) has seen him settle nicely into the bohemian arms of the city of Bristol. Filling the ranks of the Reprobates, , Lead Guitarist Cam carries Ray’s spitfire lyrics home with perfect harmonies, and magnificent guitar-work, and serves as a wry foil for the bouncy enthusiasm of the rest of the group. Dan Ashby on Banjo and guitar can only be described as the bringer of thunder, with mesmerising and unstoppable licks and solos.
Whoah!... What a toe-tappin' way to start the day here on the Country show!
- Russell Hill's Country Show -Express FM
"This isn't American music by Brits. It's good honest drink-fueled fun; Country music, but not as you know it"
- Kwojo Ackah - Ivy Dances Review