|March 6, 2020|
Proving that musical synergy is not restricted by geography, Swallow the Rat is a sonic force to be reckoned with. With members hailing from Austin, Texas and Auckland, New Zealand, and a musical pedigree that includes bands such as My Education, Lost Rockets, Body Corporate and Deathbeam, Swallow the Rat offers a unique mix of NZ Post-punk and Texan Psychedelia.
Forming in late 2017, Swallow the Rat wasted no time, immediately recording 3 songs with acclaimed engineer Nick Abbott at Auckland’s Northwestern Recorders, all of which charted on New Zealand’s Alt Charts and Student Radio, along with receiving air play on KOOP (Austin, TX) and DKFM (CAN). A New Zealand tour followed in mid 2018.
In 2019 these tracks were released as a self-titled 7″ and coincided with several showcase performances at SXSW in Austin, TX. A string of shows across New Zealand followed, including opening for No Age and Gang Of Four.
Subsequently, they signed to Shifting Sounds to release their debut album “Leaving Room” globally. March 2020 will find them playing at New Colossus Festival in NYC and again at SXSW in Austin, TX as part of a US tour.
Tone Rodent (TR) is a sonic, psychedelic, heavy shoegaze/space rock band Tone Rodent sprung to life in the fall of 1999 with an initial concept rooted in creating layers of sound washes through manipulation and experimentation. Since then TR has moved from a soundtrack-type ambient drone to a sonic rock band.
830pm – doors
9pm – show