The band, recently up for a Juno Award (Canada's answer to the BRITS) for best band, and who walked off with the best video gong at the ceremony for their Rat Fink
song, had a slot in their European tour free and were keen to return to the scene of their previous triumph.
A fan of artist Ed Roth's Rat Fink
work, he embraced the 1960s hot rod culture.
His latest namesake is the coolest of the cool, the Electra Rat Fink
and Pink Fink, adorned with no other than Rat Fink
himself, the Roth-created grinning, fly-pestered image who is an icon of the Southern California car scene and beatnik years.
Around him are several of his comic monster creations, including his most famous, Rat Fink.
He and his staff cast pieces such as miniature fuzzy dice, fish and even caricatures of Rat Fink and Ed "Big Daddy" Roth themselves.
His Rat Fink
skateboard team, plastic nazi helmets, and socially satirical art work such as "Sidewalk Surfer" caused Time magazine to once malign him as being the "supply sergeant to the Hell's Angels.