The Stöats spotted that tunes like I Gotta A Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas and I Don’t Feel Like Dancing by the Scissor Sisters along with a load of songs by Mary Hopkins, Atomic Kitten, U2, Roberta Flack and Queen are really only rollicking hillbilly tunes that were ruined by being played with the wrong instruments and that artists like Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves and Hank Williams had some great ideas for songs, but didn’t really finish em off or play them at the right speed. The Stöats take the essence of bluegrass, rockabilly & skiffle and add some rock solid drumming and a gallon of cider and transform other people songs into something totally unique.
“Quite professional” Melanie Stovell – The British Meat Foundation.
Live at Guilfest one year (after flying a plane over the site advertising their appearance) The United Stöats Of America were spectacularly joined on stage by a shed load of special guests including the Leveller’s sound engineer, a drag artist, 30 fez heads, 2 belly dancers, a bald giant painted in the stars and stripes and a stuffed camel, for one of the most entertaining visual shows of the festival.
For some reason The United Stöats of America take themselves seriously musically and after their debut gig The Mean Fiddler Country Punk Extravaganza at the Garage in Islington have gone on to appear at some of Londons finest alt country venues including What’s Cooking, The Luminaire Kilburn & The Windmill in Brixton and The Hope and Anchor. Not band for a band who look awful, stink of beer and fags and whose average age is 60.
In true punk style The Stöats refuse to appear on TV or sign to a major record company and have never been reviewed in any of the music papers. They have got where they are today purely on their own efforts and the word of mouth support of their fans Julie and Geoffrey Rogers of 20 Woodbines Avenue, Marlborough, Kent.
Arthur Fuxache - Double Bass.
Sonny “Arthur” Noone - Mandolin, Tamborine & Vocals.
Paul McCassockoff - Guitar, Mouth organ, Kazoo and vocals.
Pluck Chivers - Banjo & Accordian.
J. Y. Kelly – Fiddle.
Nobby “thimbles” Coggins (Jnr) - Washboard and Vocals.
Special Surprise Guest - Drums.