Formed in the fall of 2016, RatRod is the brainchild of Mike Smith(vox) and Mark McCarty(guitars). Two Phildelphia area musicians who have a true love and respect for old-school rock and roll. But,rock-n-roll and R&B as passed through the conduit of Australian stalwarts AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, The Angels, Jet, and Airbourne.
You will find in RatRod a band of individuals who pay homage to the music by staying true to the formula, yet adding their own twist and sensibilites. On their 2017 debut album “Do You Remember Rock and Roll” they respond as if ask that very question with an astounding “Hell Yes!” by tearing through 9 original compositions and a smoking cover of ‘Marseilles’ by the Aussie group The Angels. If you are looking for soft, heartfelt ballads, look elsewhere because with titles like the fast boogie “Rat Like Me”, the rocker “Ride It (Like Ya Stole It)’, and the uptempo “Beds on Fire” you won’t find them here!
While the record consists of Mark McCarty on all guitars,bass,drums and Mike Smith on vocals, the band includes Brice McCarty on rhythm guitar, LilJohn on Bass, and Elliott Howard playing drums. If you have an itch for rock and roll the way it’s meant to be, RatRod is the cure.