Rat Scabies & The Holy Grail
Christopher Dawes Sceptre
Can A Punk Rock Legend Find What Monty Python Couldn’t?
Part mystery, part travelogue, part history, part comedy “Rat Scabies & The Holy Grail” is ultimately a tale of ‘the bizarre nature’ of friendship. Christopher Dawes (aka Push - ex Melody Maker, Music & Mondo scribe) & Rat Scabies (The Damned) both residents of the leafy backwater of Brentford - embark on a quest to locate the treasures of Rennes-le-Chateau.
Our intrepid Indiana Joneses collate Lists Of Things To Do - (1/ Buy metal detector) - & spend far too long reading books & surfing the internet before setting off for Rennes-le-Chateau to look for clues to the whereabouts of Berenger Sauniere’s mythical treasure stash.
The myth duly unfolds: The Knights Templar, the treasures of Solomon’s temple, the fall of Jerusalem to the Romans & the subsequent removal of the treasures of the Hebrews, the sacking of Rome by the Visigoths & the looting of the treasures of Rome, the Merovingian sorcerer Kings Of France, The Priory Of Sion, Friday the 13th, Rosslyn, the Accursed Treasure, Berenger Sauniere - & a cast of thousands.
Dawes & Scabies infiltrate the locals of Rennes-le-Chateau, visit Lyon, Paris & Rosslyn - & generally leave no stone unturned in the search for their illusive esoteric treasure. Along the way Rat throws up during an impromptu performance, rips his jeans on a cemetery gate, smokes weed with a series of improbable stoners, generally remains amusing & informative throughout - & wears his slippers for the duration of the quest. Dawes initial tongue-in-cheek cynicism soon turns to genuine faux-paranoia as the strange forces protecting the Grail begin to conspire against them.
Punk Rock & the search for treasure of an esoteric nature have always been one & the same The Quest Remains The Same, if you like - & that’s why Dawes & Scabies succeed where so many have failed. “Rat Scabies & The Holy Grail” will make you laugh as well as think use it as a portal to further investigation of the Grail Myth, if you will but don’t forget to smile while you dig.
Guy Debored tMx 20 06/05