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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 Auckland in late 2017, Swallow the Rat wasted no time and quickly set to work recording with acclaimed engineer Nick Abbott. In March 2019 they performed multiple shows at SXSW in Austin, TX, and a self titled 7" was released in support of the tour. Subsequently, they signed to US label Shifting Sounds. 

 

A string of performances across New Zealand followed, including opening for No Age, Gang Of Four, and Sebadoh. In March 2020 they performed at The New Colossus Festival in NYC as part of a US tour. April 2020 saw the release of the LP 'Leaving Room' 

BIOGRAPHY
DISCOGRAPHY

S/T (7")  - 2019 - Headbump Records

 

S/T (CD) 2019 - Reverb Worship

Leaving Room (LP) 2020 - Shifting Sounds Records

VIDEO

PHOTOS
UPCOMING SHOWS
PREVIOUS SHOWS

US 2020

 

2 March @ RBC - Dallas, TX

3 March @ Rubber Gloves - Denton, TX

4 March @ Soundpony -  Tulsa, OK

5 March @ Mini Bar - Kansas City, MO

6 March @ Sinkhole - St Louis, MO

7 March @ Bric-a-Brac Records - Chicago, IL

7 March @ D.C. Torium - Chicago, IL 

8 March @ Outer Limits Lounge - Detroit, MI

10 March @ Littlefield - Brooklyn, NY

13 March @ Grape Room - Philadelphia, PA

14 March @ The Bowery Electric, New Colossus Festival - New York, NY

15 March @ The Bowery Electric, New Colossus Festival - New York, NY 

16 March @ Caledonia Lounge - Athens, GA 

17 March @ Circle Bar - New Orleans, LA

18 - 21 March @ SXSW - Austin, TX

22 March @ Revs - Bryan, TX

 

 

22 February 2020 @ Not Woodcock Festival - Pyes Pa, NZ

 

5 February 2020 @ Whammy - Auckland, NZ

w/ Sebadoh

 

18 January 2020 @ Whammy - Auckland, NZ

w/ Guardian Singles, Dick Move, Tooms

 

7 December 2019 @ The Wine Cellar - Auckland, NZ

w/ Flogging A Dead One Horse Town, Dead Little Penny

 

12 November 2019 @ The Tuning Fork - Auckland, NZ

w/ Gang of Four

 

28 September 2019 @ The Vault - Auckland, NZ

w/ Threat.Meet.Protocol, Hemordroid, The Pope

 

27 September 2019 @ Nivara Lounge - Hamilton, NZ

w/ Threat.Meet.Protocol, Hemordroid, Silver Surfer

 

17 August 2019 @ Wine Cellar - Auckland, NZ

w/ Bitter Defeat, Thom Burton, Bad Timing

27 July 2019 @ Whammy - Auckland, NZ

w/ Old Loaves, Tooms, REPAIRS

6 July 2019 @ Whammy Backroom - Auckland, NZ

w/ Stars and the Underground, Robots in Love

 

11 May 2019 @ Whammy - Auckland, NZ

Worn Out Double Whammy

 

4 May 2019 @ Whammy Backroom - Auckland, NZ

w/ ROPE, Dead Little Penny

 

3 May 2019 @ Jam Factory - Tauranga, NZ

w/ Grown Downz, We Will Ride Fast

26 April 2019 @ Nivara Lounge - Hamilton, NZ

w/ Threat Meet Protocol, Cartoon Villain 

27 April 2019 @ Valhalla - Wellington, NZ

w/ Deaf, Earth to Zena

 

17 March 2019 @ Empire - Austin, TX

Chili Dog Fest w/ My Education

16 March 2019 @ Revolution - Bryan, TX

w/ Ex-Optimists, Jay Satellite, A Sundae Drive, Prof Fuzz 63

16 March 2019 @ Duval Street - Austin, TX

Gentrification Station! A Tribute to Austin

w/ The Stools

15 March 2019 @ Hole in the Wall - Austin, TX

SXSW. Shifting Sounds Unofficial Showcase

w/ Ex-Optimists, Black Books, Gentlemen Rogues, Silver Bars, 

Jess Ledbetter, Bum Out, The False Nine

15 March 2019 @ Whip In - Austin, TX

SXSW. Pull String Day Party.

14 March 2019 @ The Parish - Austin, TX

SXSW. NZ MUSIC Official Day Party

w/ The Beths, Jonathan Bree, Emily Fairlight

13 March 2019 @ Spokesman - Austin, TX

SXSW. Safehouse Session 

https://www.safehou.se/

11 March 2019 @ Barracuda - Austin, TX

SXSW. The Loyalty Firm Official Showcase

w/ Fragile Rock, Honey and Salt, Blushing

My Education, Soundmass

 

26 February 2019 @ Whammy - Auckland, NZ

w/ No Age, Echo Ohs

16 February 2019 @ Anthology Lounge - Auckland, NZ

w/ Hiboux, Mothra

30 November 2018​ @ Wine Cellar - Auckland, NZ

w/ Cat! Cat! Cat!, REPAIRS

 

10 November 2018 @ Flying Out - Auckland, NZ

DJ set

 

10 November 2018 @ T Whites Bike Shop - Auckland, NZ

10th Birthday Day Party

28 September 2018 @ Caroline - Wellington, NZ

w/ Tower of Flints, Witchblade, Macho Macho

15 September 2018 @ Arcade - Mount Manganui, NZ

w/ Hemordroid

8 September 2018 @ Darkroom - Christchurch, NZ

w/ Cowboy Machine, The Teasers

7 September 2018 @ The Crown Hotel - Dunedin, NZ

with Diana, Francisca Griffin

17 August 2018 @ Nivara Lounge - Hamilton, NZ

w/ Landlords, Bitter Defeat

11 August @ The Wine Cellar - Auckland, NZ

w/ Flogging a Dead One Horse Town, Blazing Shade

16 June 2018 @ Whammy - Auckland, NZ

w/ Glamours, Warm Leather, Birdcatcher

9 June 2018 @ Totara Street - Mount Maunganui, NZ

 Loserpalooza Festival

5 May 2018 @ Thirsty Dog Tavern - Auckland, NZ

w/ Smokin’ Daggers, ROPE

13 December 2017

@ Golden Dawn: Tavern of Power, Auckland, NZ

CONTACT US

 Band Contact:

swallowtherat@gmail.com

United States Management:

ryan@theloyaltyfirm.com 

MUSIC