The B-Movie Rats

The B-Movie Rats

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The B-Movie Rats incorporate elements of hard rock, proto punk, blues, country, metal into a sound that is their own. High energy performances and albums with attention to songwriting and dynamics. Brings to mind 70's rock and roll swagger with the biting energy of early punk rock.

Biography

The B-Movie Rats are a band trying to put the ROCK back in Rock and Roll. Guitars, guitars, guitars. In 1996 (then a 4 piece) the original members got together and decided to start a band that would get back to the basics of ROCK. To master song writing. With a singer (Derek Christensen), guitarist (Curt Florczak), bassist (Bill Graves), and a drummer (Rick Garcia), they set out to take over the world of Rock and Roll.

In the first year and a half, they were known as one of the most intense and hard working bands in California. The music was described as a train rolling out of control down a steep hill on its way to crashing into music history. Fast and Furious, the boys had something to prove to themselves and the world, and succeeded with their debut CD/LP ‘Killer Woman’. The debut received critical kudos from all of the top independent and underground press across the globe.

As time has passed, the band has slowly weeded out a major part of the punk in their song writing. As a follow up to ‘Killer Woman’, the B-Movie Rats recorded their second full length in New York in the middle of their 3rd U.S. tour. This sophomore effort has been touted as a ’Master Piece’. It is titled ‘Bad For You’ on Junk Records in the U.S. The European version ‘Make You Bleed’ (limited to 1000 copies on CD only) was released in November 1999 and has received rave reviews in such European magazines as Metal Hammer, Kerrang!!!, and Ox.

While working out the details of the New York recording, the band recorded 6 songs for a split LP/CD with their Los Angeles counterparts the Hellbenders entitled ‘Distilled’. The title of the split came about due to the fact that both bands recorded the material for the split at the Distillery in Costa Mesa, CA. This was yet another progression for the band. Musically more mature and intricate than prior recordings.

The B-Movie Rats have now recorded and mixed their 3rd Full Length album 'Radio Suicide'. The songs were recorded at Paramount/Amarycan in Los Angeles.

The band is looking to step up to the next level with a bigger label, management, and publicity. In the light of the new Millenium, the "Rats" added a second guitarist (Matt Lake) and a new drummer (Andy Baker) and are writing their most amazing music to date. Mature, intelligent songs with the same intensity they have always held. With songs that mix the best elements of The Rolling Stones, the Faces, the Who, Rush, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, and the intensity of the band’s punk roots, as well as the integrity that is the B-Movie Rats. The band wants to breath life back into a music scene that (they feel) has become stale and unfeeling. To quote a member of the band, "Remember when music made people feel something? When rock was a good time? We want to bring that feeling back!"

Discography

Official releases
• SoulF**ker 7” EP –Lap Dance Records, Los Angeles, CA-1996
• 57 Chevy 7” EP. –Lap Dance Records, Los Angeles, CA-1997
• Teenage Queen 7”single.- Dead Beat Records, Los Angeles, CA-1997
• Drop Dead L.A. 7” single- Safety Pin Records, Madrid, Spain- 1997
• Killer Woman LP/CD.- Dead Beat Records, Los Angeles, CA- 1997
• Distilled- Split LP with Hellbenders- Dead Beat Records, Los Angeles, CA-1998
• Make You Bleed CD –Twenty Stone Blatt Records, Scotland-1999
• Invisible Man 7”single-Sonic Tone Records, Huntington Beach, CA 1999
• I-94 Live in Detroit- CD-I-94 Recordings, Detroit MI-2000
• Bad For You- LP/CD-Junk Records, Long Beach, CA 2000
• Rock’n’Roll Queen 10” EP- RocknRoll Radio, Belgium-2002

Compilation Releases
• Drunk on Rock Volume One CD- I-94 Records, Detroit MI – 1998
• Weird, Waxed, and Wired 2xLP- Radio Blast Records, Germany-1998
• Indulgence, Inc. Motley Crue Tribute CD- Dwell Records, Los Angeles, CA-1999
• Graveyard Drag Race 2x7”- Reptilian Records, Virginia -1999
• Heads Will Roll CD-Sonic Tone Records, Huntington Beach, CA 1999
• Viva La Vinyl Vol. 3 LP- Dead Beat Records, Los Angeles, CA-1999
• Fistful of Rock N Roll Vol. 1 CD- TeePee Records, New York, NY-1999
• Rock N Roll War CD- Vicious Kitten Records, Australia-2000
• L.A. Kings of Rock 7” EP- Carbon 14/ Steel Cage Records, Philadelphia, PA 2001