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Beach Rats (Minor Threat, Lifetime) announce debut album 'Rat Beat', premiere title track

"You're gonna get authentic punk and hardcore from Beach Rats because we are all from the 80's."

Beach Rats

Matthew Gere

Official press release:

Today, Beach Rats announce their debut album Rat Beat, out on July 29th via Epitaph Records. An impressive lineup of punk rock lifers, the band is comprised 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 loud.

Watch the music video for "Rat Beat" here:


Beach Rats came to be as each member found themselves settled in the beach community of Asbury Park, New Jersey. After releasing an EP in 2018 and performing a slew of high-energy shows, the global pandemic gave the band a reason to get back to recording. The majority of the songs on Rat Beat were conceptualized and rehearsed in the basement of Brian Baker's home and then tracked by Eric Bennett at Lakehouse Studios in only one day.

Baker recalls, "We'd go down in 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 houses but we could practice."

The DIY spirit of punk music is very much alive in Beach Rats. With the fervor to create something new, yet nostalgic, the band intentionally wrote the 12 tracks on Rat Beat how they used to back 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 merely over a love of the genre. These are veterans of punk rock just having fun and trying replicate that feeling and sound of what it was like to make punk music in the 80's.

"You're gonna get authentic punk and hardcore from Beach Rats because we are all from the 80's," Bryan Kienlen comments. "It's literally taking it back to some of our biggest influences like Negative Approach and Poison Idea, And of course, Minor Threat."

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Rat Beat track list:

01. Bikes Out!
02. Dress for Sick Sesh
03. Heavy Conversation
04. Rat Beat
05. Summers End
06. Saturday
07. Clorox Boys
08. Wordz
09. Blown to Bits
10. She Was a Goner
11. Beach Talk
12. Fuck You Dad

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anonymous 114 days ago

Keep my wife's name out yo mutha f*ckin MOUTH!


anonymous 114 days ago

Jesus Christ hang it up grandpas


anonymous 114 days ago

Can i earn 80k working from home tho?


anonymous 114 days ago

That last track tittle ... I cannot take them seriously like did their 35 years old sons write that for them?


anonymous 114 days ago

master splinters


anonymous 114 days ago

Bingo sets every night at 3PM sharp


anonymous 114 days ago

this goes to show you that you can be straight edge all you want but you will eventually look like old wrinkled prune


anonymous 114 days ago

will their merch consist of adult diapers?


VodkaVeins 114 days ago

I can't decide if punk rock is worse when it has "something to say" or when the lyrics are "Rats, rats, we're the rats"


anonymous 114 days ago

this song was inspired by takashi 69


VodkaVeins 114 days ago

Eating pizza in the video, because at their age that's a flex.


anonymous 114 days ago

get the shot you posers


evil_hero 114 days ago

the punk rawk super group no one asked for or cares about


anonymous 114 days ago

Zzzzzzz


anonymous 114 days ago

as long as that bitchy egomaniac Ian Mackaye isn't in this, i'm okay with it. dude is probably a f*ckin MKultra asset. He'll snap at one of his shows when some guy in the audience talks out of turn.


anonymous 114 days ago

Look at these stupid ass song titles. Congratulations on living near a beach in New Jersey, I'm sure it smells like moist shit and the sand totally isn't packed with used needles. These dudes take up a whole lane with their Schwinn bikes like true 'intersectional' groomer trash.


anonymous 114 days ago

Old white men are stoked.


anonymous 114 days ago

Weezer called they went their wardrobe back


anonymous 114 days ago

this band should be sponsored by life alert


anonymous 114 days ago

Singer sounds like the douche from Green Day after a debilitating stroke. Who likes this, seriously…


anonymous 114 days ago

A beach on the East Coast? Garbage


anonymous 114 days ago

None of them are in polo's or slacks therefore they cant be taken seriously.


anonymous 114 days ago

Why are none of the guys from HUGELY influential NJ hardcore band Deadguy in this band? Don't the scene vets in this band know they (and the entirety of hardcore and metalcore) owe their entire careers to Deadguy?


VodkaVeins 114 days ago

anonymous 1 hour ago Congratulations on living near a beach in New Jersey LOL


anonymous 114 days ago

You couldn't go to each other's houses for dinner? WTF? Of course you could have. You chose not to because: the establishment told you so. And you consider yourselves punk? When you were teens and the government told you to do things, did you do them too? I highly doubt it. Sounds like your not very punk anymore and are not thinking for yourselves. Either that or you are believing the hype and they have you afraid, very afraid, of f*cking fresh air. And you admit you put on masks in a basement where no one cares what you're doing, because you again must've been afraid or overly cautious. So sad to see people clinging to a "side" (political party) and no longer thinking outside the box, thinking for themselves, and telling the system to go f*ck itself. Bizarro world has people backing the system they claim to be rebelling against. Up is down and wrong is right. Stop that train, I want to get off. You can have your subliminal OBEY OBEY OBEY all you want. I'll stick with the OI OI OI.


anonymous 114 days ago

This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated.


anonymous 114 days ago

E.D. is stoked


anonymous 114 days ago

Kid Dynamite already did this…..


rick_tocchet 114 days ago

So punk that masks are mandatory at the shows.


VodkaStains 114 days ago

Bunch of no username having cowards in these comments.


VodkaVeins 114 days ago

LOL. Somebody mad they didnt get to suck my dick at the Turnstile show


VodkaVeins 114 days ago

Which band are you in that I made fun of?


anonymous 114 days ago

hey vodkaveins Shut the f*ck deathcore bitch


VodkaStains 114 days ago

lmao at vodkaveins always acting like he's some tough guy and then goes to Turnstile shows.


anonymous 114 days ago

Remember when Trump tried to steal the 2020 election and failed and has been on suicide watch just like all his little cult followers ever since? I remember.


VodkaVeins 114 days ago

anonymous 19 minutes ago hey vodkaveins Shut the f*ck deathcore bitch lol, wut?


VodkaVeins 114 days ago

Do you meant "shit the pit" because that's what we do at them Turnstile gigs...


anonymous 114 days ago

I like brian baker but yall are right. Dumb song title. Press release bragged of how punk they are while also showing no balls. Negative balls actual.


VodkaVeins 114 days ago

Tires?


anonymous 114 days ago

Rick ta life here, deez ni.gga azz suckas would get straight booed off the stage at Coney Island high if 25 ta life was in da room. 40 years layta n dey still ain't wize 2 da game


anonymous 114 days ago

Yo these guys are heckin boosted!! Pfizer for life


VodkaStains 114 days ago

Do they have registered usernames on lambgoat though?


anonymous 114 days ago

Since when did Ari Katz like hardcore again? Hey Ari remember when you & Lifetime sold out to be the next Fall Out Boy & failed to be that? I do. Hey Brian Baker remember when you sold out with Junkyard then crawled to join Bad Religion after Junkyard flopped & Ian MacKaye said no to Minor Threat? I do. So 80s hardcore so what when you wanted NOTHING to do with hardcore 1990-2020? Do your midlife crisis somewhere else? Michael Stipe looking MFs. Shavenheads cuz bald/ing.


anonymous 114 days ago

Danny Diablo aka Lord Ezec raised more money for his sick pitbull than he made on his disastrous Skar Head U.S. tour - dude raised almost 8.4K...for care which probably cost half that tops. A scamster so low he's using his dog to make money. All these NYHC dudes. What a coincidence that he played to less than 30 paid people a night for 3-4 weeks & BOOM! Over 8.4K for his dog. Scambag. How 'bout a GoFundMe for the child support you owe Deadbeat Dadablo? Also what's with GoFundMes where the money raised exceeds the goal? You raised the 8K now end the campaign.


anonymous 114 days ago

Since when did Ari Katz like hardcore again? Hey Ari remember when you & Lifetime sold out to be the next Fall Out Boy & failed to be that? I do. Hey Brian Baker remember when you sold out with Junkyard then crawled to join Bad Religion after Junkyard flopped & Ian MacKaye said no to Minor Threat? I do. So 80s hardcore so what when you wanted NOTHING to do with hardcore 1990-2020? Do your midlife crisis somewhere else? Michael Stipe looking MFs. Shavenheads cuz bald/ing. Winner. Hopefully the band reads this


Portslob 114 days ago

Moby is stoked for this


anonymous 114 days ago

My dad dated all of these guys


anonymous 114 days ago

Toby morse and Travis barker will pay for dinner when these 69 year old trend hoppers come to la. Also f*ck Toby. Nastyy is the best b9 poster


anonymous 113 days ago

Lifetime sucked, The Bouncing Souls blew, Bad Religion was annoying, Minor Threat was boring, and this band is garbage


anonymous 113 days ago

Let it Burn is terrible as well, almost forgot to mention them because they're too insignificant


anonymous 113 days ago

trump lost lol


anonymous 113 days ago

Lifetime sucked AGREED, DICKS TOO, The Bouncing Souls blew DEFINTELY, Bad Religion was annoying NAH SEE BELOW, Minor Threat was boring OVERRATED BUT NOT BORING, and this band is garbage AGREED Bad Religion first LP, Suffer & No Control are great. They've been around 25 years longer than they should've been.


anonymous 113 days ago

beach rats and berthold city should do a nursing home tour with their tired ass bands.


anonymous 113 days ago

First LP, suffer and no control are great but baker joined after that era


anonymous 113 days ago

Minor threat was not boring. Or overrated. They peaced out hard and the Shit has shelf life


anonymous 113 days ago

First LP, suffer and no control are great but baker joined after that era >>> Right. So? Thank god he wasn't part of that era. I don't even consider him a member of BR, he's a hired gun.


anonymous 113 days ago

Agree


anonymous 113 days ago

it's disturbing that in a time of a global worldwide pandemic these guys think it's ok to even get together to play "music", if it can even be called that. they should broke up until the covid pandemic has been defeated


anonymous 113 days ago

Some funny comments here - this f*cking rules!!! HXCCCCCC!! 4 LIFE!!


anonymous 112 days ago

Ari Stipe





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