Ben Wallers

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Ben Wallers performing as The Rebel at the Worm in Rotterdam, January 2008.

Benedict Roger Wallers (a.k.a. The Rebel) (born 15 September 1971, St Albans, Hertfordshire)[citation needed] is the frontman, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the band Country Teasers. His lyrics often deal with taboo subjects such as racism, sexism and xenophobia from first-person standpoints.

Biography[edit]

Wallers has been releasing music under various guises since 1995. He is best known for being part of the group Country Teasers, formed in Scotland in the mid 1990s.[1] Wallers is generally regarded to be Scottish, but various places of birth have been put forward, including Saville Row, London[2] and St Albans, Hertfordshire (according to his autobiography).[1] Wallers' wife Sophie Politowicz plays drums on his latest project, The Devil.[3]

Music career[edit]

Country Teasers[edit]

The Rebel[edit]

As well as Country Teasers, Wallers records under the moniker The Rebel.[1] Most of the recordings, which are largely abridged musical interpretations of arcane and proper historical text, have not seen official release (several for the reason that they are "not masterpieces"[4]). Before 1998 The Rebel was not known as The Walrus, but was named Walrus after the Wallers family name.[5] The name 'The Rebel' is a reference and homage to the film starring Tony Hancock. Ben Wallers represents himself by a symbol called a Spakenkreuz, which is a Swastika (Hakenkreuz) with a broken (or 'spastic') arm, bent backwards to cross over the previous arm in the circularity of the swastika. As far as he is aware, he invented this symbol.[6]

  • Sternold the Bachelor or Music 2000 (reissue cassette, +DL code ltd 100, neenrecords 2012)
  • Nuclear Jazz Holocaust, (reissue cassette, +DL code ltd 100, Neen records 2012)
  • Titrack Luxury or Bums on a Rock (reissue cassette + DL code ltd 100 nightschoolrecords)2012
  • Nature's Wind Mixed Wine with Lethe (reissue cassette + DL code by nightschool records 2012 ltd 100)
  • The Rebel - Pre-Pub EP//Year Of Birds - Blocker For Coinslot EP, (Ack! Ack! Ack! Records, split twelve inch, 2012)
  • The five year plan E.P, (Monofus press MF 034, 2011)
  • The Rebel/The Bomber Jackets E.P., (Savoury Days and Kill Shaman Records, split seven inch, 2011)
  • The rebel/Bo Knows Split E.P, (Stipple records, STIPPLE-001)
  • The Race Against Time Hots UP, (Junior Aspirin Records, twelve inch, 2010)
  • The Incredible Hulk, (Junior Aspirin Records, twelve inch, 2009)
  • Aiming Low E.P., (Lexi Disques, seven inch, 2009)
  • Mouthwatering Claustrophobic Changes!, (Junior Aspirin Records, twelve inch, 2009)
  • Kufr E.P., (Needle Soup Records, compact disc, 2009)
  • Northern Rocks Bear Weird Vegetable, Limited edition- velvet sleeve with inserts (Sacred Bones Records, twelve inch, 2008)
  • Northern Rocks Bear Weird Vegetable, (Sacred Bones Records, twelve inch, 2008)
  • Live Aids E.P., (Kanker Mongool, seven inch, 2008)
  • Tarscoffsky's The Snackrifice E.P., (Emperor Jones, twelve inch, 2007)
  • Kufr, (self-released compact disc, 2007)
  • Sternold the Bachelor or Music 2000 , (self-released compact disc, 2007)
  • Nuclear Jazz Holocaust, (self-released compact disc, 2007)
  • Prawns, (self-released compact disc, 2007)
  • Brown Girl in the Ring, (self-released twelve inch, 2006)
  • Bums on a Rock E.P. (AKA "Assassin Strikes In China Town"), (Flitwick Records, seven inch, 2006)
  • Frederick the Great of Prussia's Second Hard Album (unpublished), (self-released cassette, 2005)
  • Prawns, (Junior Aspirin Records, twelve inch/self-released compact disc, 2004/2005)
  • Kit, (Hook or Crook Records, compact disc, 2004/2005)
  • KIT, (self-released compact disc, 2004)
  • The Rocket Breaks Down, (Pecan Crazy Records, compact disc, 2003/2004)
  • Exciting New Venue For Soccer and Execution of Women E.P., ( SDZ Records, seven inch, 2003/2004)

Songs Appearing on Compilations:

  • "Maureen" on Flottante Tension D'Eclipse, (LP, SDZ Records, 2010)
  • "Your English" on Remove Celebrity Centre, (CD, Junior Aspirin Records, 2006)
  • "A Devil in the Woods" (Gun Club) on Salvo Of 24 Gunshots - Tribute To Gun Club, (LP/CD, Unrecording Records, 2005)
  • "If Every Day Was Like Christmas / Obey" on Get Thee Behind Me Santa (CD, Puppy Dog Records, 2002)
  • "Only a dream" on Fruit Machines, (CD, Blang records, 2005)
  • "Hitlers and Churchills" on Sonic protest, (CD Sonic Protest, 2006)

The Male Nurse[edit]

Male Nurse featured Country Teasers regulars Alan Crichton, Eck King, Alastair MacKinven and Lawrence Worthington as well as Keith Farquhar on vocals. The band recorded two Peel Sessions,[7] three singles and appeared on the Guided Missile Records compilation Hits and Missiles. The Male Nurse's output was marked by heavy influence of Mark E. Smith's, The Fall.

Releases:

Also the Male nurse Cdr self released (Trade apartment CD)1998 and 2007.

The Beale[edit]

Active between 2000 and 2007, The Beale consisted of Adrian Shaw (of The Teenbeat), Ben Wallers, Leighton Crook (Country Teasers/Rebel drummer), Paul Kearney (owner of Guided Missile Recordings) Peter Hart and Ben Pestell. They released a six-song mini-album titled "21 Years in Kranj", two singles for Guided Missile, and appeared on four compilations.[8]

Skills on Ampex[edit]

Skills on Ampex is a joint project between The Invisible Hand, a tapes project by artist (and Teaser) Robert McNeill,[9] and The Rebel/Benedict R. Wallers.[10]

The Stallion[edit]

The Stallion originated as a musical entity composed of Wallers and Country Teasers guitarist Alastair J. R. MacKinven, which specialized in covers.[5]

The Company[edit]

The Company is a London recording project involving Amir Shoat and Ben Wallers.[11] Between Autumn 2001 and Spring 2002 they recorded a 99-song album which was then distilled into a twelve-track 12" LP in 2007 and released as Side Three of The Moon on Difficult Time In Mental Jail Records[12]

The Black Poodle[edit]

At the turn of the century Ben Wallers was also the vocalist in The Black Poodle who played regular concerts at The Foundry in Old Street, London. The band was the brainchild of Joel Cahen and Amir Shoat, who invited Wallers to collaborate at the concerts by improvising on vocals, guitar and saxophone, which material they would manipulate live.

The Devil[edit]

A three-piece group led by Wallers that has only gigged occasionally during the 2000s. They released an album, The Devil, in 2013.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Noel Gardner (4 November 2013). "The Devil". The Quietus. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  2. ^ George Skafidas (5 June 2012). "The Rebel Abides: In Search of Ben Wallers". Dapper Dan magazine. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Devil". Bad Sounds. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Rebel's Albumography". therebel.co.uk. Archived from the original on 28 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  5. ^ a b "rebel biog.htm". Therebel.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  6. ^ "Strategic Art Getts". [1]. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  7. ^ "Radio 1 - Keeping It Peel - Male Nurse". BBC. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  8. ^ Sick Happy Idle. "The Beale - Home". Sickhappyidle.com. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  9. ^ "Welcome to MonkeyTown". Monkeytownhq.com. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  10. ^ "skillsonampex.html". Therebel.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  11. ^ "company.html". Therebel.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  12. ^ UK. "Difficult Life In Mental Jail Records | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2012-07-04.