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"JESSE JAMES - Support: The Rodents, Echo 20"

.....After a brief gap, second band The Rodents were onstage. Now that is what I call a good look. Looking like The Hives in reverse with their white shirt, black tie combo, and the smooth as you like hair styles, they had the look spot on. Now all that was left for them to do was play some quality music. And they did. Every song was a fantastic slab of sleaze rock akin to The Wildhearts. Not only were the songs good, the band were also extremely talented. Both guitarists were superb musicians, the solos they pulled off were unbelievably good, and the guitar work throughout the half hour set was fantastic. The drummer didn't miss a beat all night, despite some complicated fills, and the bassist, despite looking pretty bored, was also on top form. That just leaves the singer, and he had one of those voices, perfect for the genre. Husky and gruff, and just the right key, he makes the band what they are. The set was all too brief, but full of highlights, like the superb "Sometimes", and the band can definitely leave the show having won several new fans..... -

"Rodents are gnawing away at success"

Things are looking bright for Lanarkshire band The Rodents, as the ambitious guys are entertaining the musical troops like there's no tomorrow!
Hot on the heels of their recent gig at Jack Daniel's bar, this Sunday night sees the band take the stage at Glasgow's King Tut's.
Not tempting fate, but that's where the Gallagher brothers were discovered with Oasis - a band that the guys count as one of their early influences.
With the coveted third place from last year's Lanarkshire Battle of the Bands under their belts, The Rodents are expected to secure a place in this year's forthcoming contest.
According to one local fan, the guys "astounded the crowd with a number of their tracks last year, including an unforgettable song called "Sometimes"
"So who are these top tunesters?" we hear you ask.
Well the band have been strumming away with their latest line-up for almost two years now, but it's been four years since The Rodents first formed at St Aidan's High School in Wishaw - so they've certainly adopted staying-power!
The present musical mates are: Michael McGhee (backing singer and guitarist), Gerry Cope (backing singer and guitarist) and David Pearson (bass), all from Wishaw; Ricky Johnson (drums and backing vocals) from Viewpark and Kevin Rodger (lead vocals) from Motherwell.
Destined to hit the big time, the guys have been tracked down by a number of record talent scouts and they have now put success high on their agenda.
Michael said: "Personally I like The Eagles and Thin Lizzy, but we all like different types of music so it's not as though we're trying to follow a particular band.
"I think we've got a unique sound. I'd probably describe it as pop-rock, but we try to cover every style from Oasis to Elvis!"
The band say they enjoy playing in Glasgow and see it as a chance to step into the big city limelight.
Michael added: "Although it's good to play locally, we have been putting on gigs more and more in Glasgow, as we're keen to move forward and get seen."
So whether you fancy catching The Rodent crew at a local haunt, or are up for a night in the town, then stay 'tuned' for what's coming up.
Ticket details about Sunday's King Tut's gig and further information are available from the website on, so log on and see what the top tunesmiths have in store. - Motherwell People - 12th September 2002

"The Rodents"

Although they're riding the waves of the punk revival, it would be a mistake to compare The Rodents to The Hives, despite a shared sharp dress sense. This young five-piece like their bass lines big and bouncy, which provided a backbone to most of their set. They excelled mostly in providing the odd, subtle change that keeps a song from overstaying it's welcome. With plenty of diddling guitar solos thrown in, the fresh-faced band are a hybrid of all-American rock, although they appear a little static on-stage due to inexperience. - Sunday Mail - 28th July 2002


The tracks 'Sometimes' and 'I Need To See You' are popular choices with DJs throughout the USA.

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Formed in January 2001, The Rodents are a five-piece Rock band from Lanarkshire in Scotland.

The band write their own material and, with each member of the band having very different musical tastes and influences, The Rodents have developed a sound which is difficult to classify. That said, their music has drawn some interesting comments and comparisons...

After watching The Rodents perform at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Gavin Liddell of the Sunday Mail described The Rodents as "a hybrid of all-American Rock", while, in response to the same performance, another reviewer on described the music as "a fantastic slab of sleaze rock", while hailing the band as "extremely talented" and "superb musicians". The complete reviews are available at

The Rodents are a band who depend on talent, rather than hype, and the guys are down to earth, despite being determined to make an impact in the music industry. They know that signing a deal with a good label doesn't happen just because you want it to and have spent the last 3 years improving the quality of their music and their stage presence. However, these guys are always looking for ways to improve and that's testament to the band's healthy attitude towards their music and life in general.

Musically, the band has vastly improved over the last few years but, more significantly, their on-stage presence has, metaphorically speaking, left it's puberty-stricken, awkward teenage form behind and is now a fully-grown, hairy, sexy beast of a man. Inexperience is something that was instantly recognisable when the band took to the stage in the early days but, after their performance at Glasgow's Carling Academy in 2003, the band showed that they were free of that burden in an awesome display of showmanship and skill. More recently, The Rodents have charted on various airplay charts in the USA, such as FMQB's 'Top 25 Albums' Chart and reached a peak of 46th most played artist on the charts.

At the moment, The Rodents are looking for opportunities to play and record in the USA. The band understands the importance of all aspects of image and professionalism as they venture towards earning a recording contract and are fully commited to that cause.