Beach Rats Announce ‘Rat Beat’ Album, Share Title Song
The Beach Rats have announced their debut album Rat Beat, which will be released July 29 via Epitaph Records.
An impressive line-up of lifelong punk rock, the band consists of vocalist Ari Katz (Lifetime), guitarist Pete Steinkopf (Bouncing Souls), bassist Bryan Keinlen (Bouncing Souls), guitarist Brian Baker (Bad Religion, Minor Threat) and Danny Windas (Let It Burn) on drums. They also share the music video for the album’s title track “Rat Beat” which embodies the nature of punk in its purest form. hard, fast and strong.
Beach Rats was born when each member found themselves settled in the seaside community of Asbury Park, New Jersey. After releasing an EP in 2018 and performing a slew of high-energy shows, the global pandemic has given the band a reason to return to recording. The majority of Rat Beat’s songs were conceptualized and rehearsed in the basement of Brian Baker’s house, then recorded by Eric Bennett at Lakehouse Studios in a single day.
Baker recalls, “We’d go down to the basement, put on masks, open the windows and we could play — within CDC guidelines! We couldn’t go to dinner at each other’s house but we could practice .”
The DIY spirit of punk music is alive and well in Beach Rats. With a passion to create something new, yet nostalgic, the band intentionally wrote all 12 Rat Beat tracks like they did when they were teenagers. Or as Baker puts it, “like we did before we knew how to write songs.”
Not wanting to take themselves too seriously, the band formed simply out of love for the genre. They’re punk rock veterans having fun and trying to replicate that feeling and sound of what it was like to make punk music in the 80s.
“You’re going to get authentic punk and hardcore from BEACH RATS because we’re all 80s,” comments Bryan Kienlen. “It literally goes back to some of our biggest influences like Negative Approach and Poison Idea, and of course, Minor Threat.”
Watch the new music video here: