credit: Hayden Fritchley

Swallow the Rat

Mar 16, 2024

11:00pm – 11:40pm CT

Hotel Vegas at Volstead

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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