THE RATCHETS’ ESSENTIALS box set is now available in the Pirates Press Records webstore! CLICK HERE to get yours!
 
This career spanning box set will include new, old, and never before heard tracks from the band’s discography. Like previous Pirates Press Records Essentials sets (Cock Sparrer, Rancid, Reducers SF), these records will be housed in a special box to celebrate one of the most important bands in Pirates Press Records’ history, and our very own underdogs of punk rock and roll THE RATCHETS. All titles will be available separately with special color configurations. Each record also contains a digital download card.
 
INCLUDED IN THE BOX SET:
Heart Of Town (PPR209)
Glory Bound (PPR008)
First Light (PPR199)
Odds & Ends (PPR215)
THE RATCHETS WERE CLEAR FROM THE GET-GO THAT THEY AIMED TO MAKE TIMELESS MUSIC. OVER A DECADE LATER, THERE IS A SMOOTHNESS TO THE AUTHENTICITY THE RATCHETS’ WIELDED.
 
Pirates Press Records is excited for the release of THE RATCHETS’ ESSENTIALS – a career spanning box set that contains the band’s earliest works, previously unreleased tracks, and the recently announced First Light LP. In addition to being packaged as a box set, each record will be available for individual purchase in special colors.
 
Whether you’ve been here since the beginning or are new to the party, The Ratchets are set to remind us why they hold a special place in the hearts and playlists of so many die-hard music fans across the globe.
HEART OF TOWN
Not ones to mince words, The Ratchets open their 2005 debut Heart of Town with the EP’s title track— a four-plus minute call-to-arms that sets the pace for the group’s brisk dynamic range. On this tune, and the EP-at-large, The Ratchets give us a house tour of their sound— a place where reggae, punk, folk, and rockabilly music float in and out of one another with ease. This six song EP, previously out of print and never pressed on vinyl, is The Ratchets first proper release and highlights their very own explosive blend of songwriting.
 
TRACK LISTING:
01. Heart Of Town
02. Iraqi Vice
03. All Debts Get Paid
04. 77A Broadway
05. Johnny Too bad
GLORY BOUND
Following the release of their debut LP in 2006, The Ratchets were hailed by many as a younger generation’s answer to The Clash. This re-release of Glory Bound has some nostalgia attached to it for Pirates Press Records— it was (after all) our first LP released back in 2006. By the time The Ratchets joined our then-budding roster this four-piece had already amassed both fanfare and critical acclaim. With this release, these New Jersey natives proved themselves to be a dynamic punk rock and roll powerhouse able to island-hop with the best of them.
 
TRACK LISTING:
01. Book of Law 
02. Rockers Taking Over 
03. Human Amplifiers 
04. Irritated 
05. Ration 
06. Skyjack Sunday Starts 
07. Don’t Wanna Go 
08. Cathedral Bells 
09. Proclamation Time 
10. Born Wrong

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FIRST LIGHT
With their recently announced new LP First Light, The Ratchets show the world that they’ve been carving their own path somewhere between the real world and the stuff of rock and roll dreams. Full of its gunslinger politics and humanist tendencies, First Light is a statement piece from a band who’s long since cornered the market on authenticity. From the rousing power-pop hit “Gotta Be Cool,” (CLICK HERE to watch the music video) to the punchy socio-political commentary of “Dotard At The Dial,” The Ratchets cover a lot of terrain jamming out proto-punk bangers, ballads, and everything in between.
 
TRACK LISTING:
01. Gotta Be Cool
02. Drone Control
03. Bad Vibes
04. 2-4-6-8 Motorway
05. Dotard At The Dial
06. World Trade Lungs
07. Paterson
08. Fiscal Spliff
09. Stray Emotions
10. War Office No. 9
ODDS & ENDS
In the liner notes to his 1975 “Metal Machine Music” Lou Reed quips, “My week beats your year.” It’s a brazen, yet fitting, introductory statement to The Ratchets Odds & Ends LP, a collection of outtakes, B-sides, early demos, and covers that beat more than most bands’ official releases. This 13-track collection begins with a cover of “Rock & Roll.” When the dust settles on their version of Reed’s classic they move into the reggae-flavored “Federal Girls” and then proceed to bash their way through several rare punk rock and roll bangers, including “Hoist A New Flag” and True Deceiver.”
 
TRACK LISTING:
01. Rock & Roll
02. Federal Girls
03. Hoist A New Flag
04. True Deceiver
05. Bridge To Somewhere
06. The Way Things Are
07. Naming All The Wolves
08. 77A Broadway
09. Columbus Stockade Blues
10. The Fire
11. Bottom Rung
12. Ramona Can’t Punk
“2-4-6-8 MOTORWAY” PICTURE FLEXI AVAILABLE NOW!
GET IT THROUGH MAILORDER OR SELECT RECORD STORES WORLDWIDE!
As if announcing an insane box set wasn’t enough, we’re also proud to debut the picture flexi for The Ratchets’ version of the legendary track “2-4-6-8 Motorway” by the Tom Robinson Band!
 
This picture flexi will be available in all mailorder purchases and found in select record stores worldwide!
 
Don’t bother looking for this cover online – you’ll only be able to hear it now by getting your hands on a special copy of this picture flexi or on November 9th picking up a copy of First Light!
“GOTTA BE COOL” PICTURE FLEXI AVAILABLE NOW!
GET IT THROUGH MAILORDER, NEW NOISE MAGAZINE, OR SELECT RECORD STORES WORLDWIDE!
…And in addition to the “2-4-6-8 Motorway” picture flexi, we also have this amazing picture slide flexi for “Gotta Be Cool!”
 
This picture flexi, debuted through NEW NOISE MAGAZINE (Issue #42), will be available in mailorder purchases and found in select record stores worldwide!