Formed in the fall of 2016, Rat Rod is Mike Smith on vocals, Mark McCarty and Matt Flanigan on guitars, and LJ on Bass. Elliott Howard played drums up until January of 2020 when he decided to travel a different path. The newest member of the Rat Rod family, taking over on drums is Harry Rosa! These Philadelphia area musicians 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. with a dose of GnR thrown in just for good measure.
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 sensibilities. 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 perennial show opener, the fast boogie "Rat Like Me", the crowd favorite "Ride It (Like Ya Stole It)', and the upstart "Memphis Belle" you won't find them here!
While the debut record consisted of Mark McCarty on all guitars,bass,drums and Mike Smith on vocals, since that recording the band has jelled nicely with the additions of LJ, Matt and Elliott. In December of 2018 the boys went back in the studio to cut the follow up to DYRRnR the aptly titled "Light Em Up" which was released in June 2019. The album featured 11 all original tracks with the first release being "Lightning Strikes" followed by "Peacemaker(Ballad of Tombstone) and "My Disease" with subsequent tracks being released throughout the remainder of 2019 and into 2020. If you want the complete CD in your hands Rat Rod have decided to allow you to do that by grabbing a copy at any of their live shows or, you can order it from their website. The boys in Rat Rod have big plans and a strong work ethic so If you have an itch for rock and roll the way it's meant to be, Rat Rod is the cure.
Mike Smith- Vocals
Mark McCarty- Guitar
Matt Flanigan- Guitar
Harry Rosa- Drums