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. A string of performances 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 SXSW as part of a US tour.


S/T (7")  - 2019 - Headbump Records


S/T (CD) 2019 - Reverb Worship

Leaving Room (LP) 2020 - Shifting Sounds Records




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

Worn Out Double Whammy

@ Whammy, Auckland, NZ


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

Chili Dog Fest

@ Empire, Austin, TX

w/ My Education

16 March 2019

@ Revolution, Bryan, TX

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

16 March 2019

Gentrification Station! A Tribute to Austin

@ Duval Street, Austin, TX

w/ The Stools

15 March 2019

Shifting Sounds Unofficial Showcase

@ Hole in the Wall, Austin, TX

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

Jess Ledbetter, Bum Out, The False Nine

15 March 2019

@ Whip In, Austin, TX

14 March 2019

NZ MUSIC Official Day Party

@ The Parish, Austin, TX

w/ The Beths, Jonathan Bree, Emily Fairlight

13 March 2019

Safehouse Session 

@ Spokesman, Austin, TX


11 March 2019

The Loyalty Firm Official Showcase

@ Barracuda, Austin, TX

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 10th Birthday, Auckland, NZ

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

Loserpalooza Festival 

@ Totara Street, Mount Maunganui, NZ

5 May 2018

@ Thirsty Dog Tavern, Auckland, NZ

w/ Smokin’ Daggers, ROPE

13 December 2017

@ Golden Dawn: Tavern of Power, Auckland, NZ


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United States Management:


22 February  2020

@ 92 Williams Road, Pyes Pa, NZ

Not Woodcock Festival

2 March 2020

@ RBC, Dallas, TX

14 March 2020

@ The Bowery Electric, New York, NY

New Colossus Festival

15 March 2020

@ The Bowery Electric, New York, NY

New Colossus Festival


Echoes of a Tide (Single)

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