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KING RAT


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KING RAT


Original Underground Music from the Mile High City  Since 1994

King Rat has been cranking out original two-and-a-half minute tirades about partying, passion and pain for 22 years. Their DIY character and bring-it-on attitude confronts banality while hacking away at the strictures of the status-quo. They celebrate the rush of joy at life’s brightest pinnacle, and traverse the mire of despair in life’s deepest trough. Their music applies literary blue collar grit to the old-school punk rock ascetic. The result is a sound that presents courage, calamity, sarcasm and rage in varying degrees.

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MUSIC


MUSIC


The Band


The Band


Luke Schmaltz

LEAD VOX, RHYTHM GUITAR

Sometimes referred to as the "word man," Luke's quest for a way to rant, scream, confront and swear without "getting into trouble" led him to punk rock. He steered his penchant for scribbling offbeat diatribes about life's scowling underbelly into a songwriting arc spanning from his late teens through today. He has offended many, and is only occasionally accused of embellishing. He firmly attests: "I'm not lying, I'm just making up the truth." 

Mike Makkay

LEAD GUITAR, BACKING VOX

The only things more engaging than Mike's onstage expressions are the notes he hits during guitar solos. His ability on the six string is magnified by a sublime sense of timing and Mojo. Music is in his blood and rather than be a spectator with cans on his ears he chose to pick up the steel and trust that it would lead him to rock. He delivers lightning with a mean attack, a keen ear for melody and a serious ax to grind    

PHOTO BY STEPH H.

ANT RAT

BASS, BACKING VOX

It has been an exhaustive mission on the part of Ant's relentlessly cruel band mates to find even one mean thread in his persona. In the Life Awards for the Nicest Guy in the World, this dude will be crowned winner. A self-professed Star Wars geek, he locks into rhythms like a man with whom the Force is strong. His Jedi ability to Have A Good Time guarantees that everyone around him does the same. Always. 

PHOTO BY STEPH H.

PHOTO BY STEPH H.

POCKETS

DRUMS

They call him Pockets for his ability to find the rhythmic "pocket" within a song and ride it out evenly like he's roaring off on his vintage Indian motorcycle. He is a sonic guidepost, enabling bleary-eared band mates to focus and keep things wired tight. His talent translates into an uncanny ability to find a gig's location in any strange town (without a map,) and to detect the existence of an In And Out Burger from two states away.  

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VIDEO


VIDEO


OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR "EMT"

This is King Rat's sonic tribute to all of the selfless first responders out there who put their lives on the line to rescue us morons. EMTs, Firefighters, Search and Rescue, Good Samaritans and yes -- even (some) cops -- you all are not unsung heroes, at least not in the minds and hearts of this Denver punk rock band.

Show Reviews



Click this link to read about the King Rat show with Bad Religion and OFF! - March 28th 2015 Denver CO - Ogden Theater -- sold out!!

http://www.fortheloveofpunk.com/review-gallery-bad-religions-two-night-stay-in-denver/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=For%20the%20Love%20of%20Punk&utm_content=Review%20%2B%20Gallery:%20Bad%20Religion%27s%20Two%20Night%20Stay%20in%20Denver

Show Reviews



Click this link to read about the King Rat show with Bad Religion and OFF! - March 28th 2015 Denver CO - Ogden Theater -- sold out!!

http://www.fortheloveofpunk.com/review-gallery-bad-religions-two-night-stay-in-denver/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=For%20the%20Love%20of%20Punk&utm_content=Review%20%2B%20Gallery:%20Bad%20Religion%27s%20Two%20Night%20Stay%20in%20Denver