“I remember a time when music had soul, music had a conscience and music had balls…man.” – Bill Hicks
-- KING RAT -- There is no whining in this band. There are no victims in this band. There is no sheepish shrugging when the time comes to take responsibility for choices and actions. Rather than make excuses and sob at life’s misfortunes, King Rat hurls back with tunes that hit hard and fast into the target’s face. The band is fueled by authentic punk rock do-it-yourself rebellion. They have developed an outspoken identity of self-reliance and literary blue collar grit. This is a band influenced by the old school: singing from the gut, thinking with the heart, and gnashing with the teeth. They chew through the modern mire of sonic litter and offer a soundtrack for people who are engaged in facing and beating the shit out of their demons. King Rat does not rely on the opinions of television and newspapers to sway their decisions. They have fought through loss and created their own identity that forbids them from fleeing to suburbia to wait for death. King Rat started out by adhering to the original notion of punk independence. Musical trends come and go. Punk rock was once a vehicle for voicing personal or political outrage and social defiance. It has digressed into an umbrella sheltering a horde of spoiled boy bands whining with tattoos and guitars. These imposters promote collective misery under the guise of being rebels. King Rat has never, nor will ever bastardize the purity of their roots by acting like children when the battle requires them to fight like men. They are going to do it their way sweating, swaggering, staggering and bleeding. King Rat is no stranger to the scene, having self-produced six studio albums and toured the U.S. many times. The latest effort, entitled EVERYTHING BURNS, is now available on Amazon.com and iTunes via Fivecore Records.. Of the hundreds of gigs they’ve played, the most notable have been with Bad Brains, X, Pennywise, Screeching Weasel, Bad Religion, The Adicts, Alkaline Trio, U.S. Bombs, Supersuckers, Rancid, H2O, Bad Religion, ALL, U.K. Subs and the Lunachicks…to name a few.