credit: Hayden Fritchley

Swallow the Rat

Swallow the Rat are a post-punk band from Auckland, New Zealand. Composed of an alternating dual vocal attack and angular rhythm section courtesy of drummer/vocalist Hayden Fritchley and bassist/vocalist Stephen Horsley. Guitarist Brian Purington is the band’s secret weapon, layering riff and hook in an effect laden style that is entirely his own. Their 2020 debut ‘Leaving Room’ formed the catalyst for countless shows up and down Aotearoa plus two tours of the USA, earning the band coveted support slots for the likes of Arab Strap, June of 44, No Age, Sebadoh and Gang of Four.

Following a recent run in Australia, Swallow the Rat return to the USA in 2024 with a new album called ‘South Locust’. Recorded at NorthWestern in Auckland with acclaimed engineer Nick Abbott and mixed in Los Angeles by Sonny Diperri (Protomartyr, Diiv). South Locust was lovingly mastered and cut in Chicago by Carl Saff (Sonic Youth).

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Events featuring Swallow the Rat

Mar 14, 2024
12:00am — 12:40am
Mar 14, 2024
9:00pm — 9:40pm
Presented by
The Loyalty Firm
Mar 16, 2024
11:00pm — 11:40pm
Auckland, New Zealand
Professional Connections
Swallow the Rat is seeking the following:
  • Gear Endorsement
  • Distribution - US
  • Distribution - UK/Europe
  • Distribution - Worldwide
  • Other Artists to Tour With
  • Booking Agent - US
  • Booking Agent - UK/Europe
  • Booking Agent - Worldwide
  • PR/Publicity Agency
  • Sync/Music Supervisors