Although it is a very rare occurrence to catch this ground breaking Australian act performing live, RATCAT remain permanently placed in the indie hall of fame for having dragged Australian music culture out of a stagnant pub rock 80’s phase and bringing alternate pop/punk guitar rock to the masses during the late 80’s / early 1990’s. Bein…g at the forefront of an international musical change of direction which witnessed the boundaries between the independent and commercial sectors literally smashed to oblivion, RATCAT’s incredible rise to popularity was the result of public demand, and with virtually no mass label marketing (at the time). After a spate of independent releases via the Waterfront Label, , RATCAT released the ground breaking ‘Tingles’ EP in 1990 which – & with no fanfare whatsoever – made a steady climb to the top of the National Top Forty after 7 months eventually reaching the coveted number 1 spot. ‘Tingles’ thereafter scored the accolade of becoming the highest selling EP of that year. Featuring the ‘sleeper’ hit ‘That Ain’t Bad’, it was a bizarre & heady period completely unexpected by RATCAT.
The subsequent 1991 release of the ‘Blind Love’ album resulted in yet another (although this time immediate) number 1 ARIA chart result and and again, to the complete surprise of the band members and all involved at the time, RATCAT also scored a coinciding duel number one with the single ‘Don’t Go Now’ (aria singles charts). History writes that the last local band to have achieved the same was INXS (during the 80’s) and thereafter, the next was to be Savage Garden. The difference being that considering RATCAT’s alternative background, it was an achievement that broke all rules!
Although we could continue for many paragraphs regarding RATCAT’s amazing feats, their success was mirrored internationally by Nirvana nine months later, and despite Nirvana scoring the international accolades, the impact RATCAT had on the Australia music scene in the early ‘90s remains historically significant and undeniable.
It’s been 20 years and a generation since the release of ‘Blind Love’ and to celebrate, RATCAT will once again make a rare live appearance courtesy of a very special performance of this chart topping ‘crossover’ album plus more, including tracks from the ‘Tingles’ EP. It’s a one off performance not to be missed with details as follows:
Saturday 18 June – One show only
The Factory Theatre, Marrickville
105 Victoria Road, Marrickville
Tickets From Factory Box Office PH: 02 9550 3666
Online bookings at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets also available from Ticketek.com.au & ph 132 849
Tickets on sale Friday 13 May
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