“Ratking have a knack for writing super catchy, memorable hardcore songs with a focus on the more rock side than the tough guy.” – www.lambgoat.com
Born in the blistering heat and surf of Western Australia, Ratking are emerging as one of the most exciting hardcore bands of the decade. In just a handful of years, the five-piece have released an impressive discography and become one of their country’s most outstanding live acts.
Since day one, Ratking have worked tirelessly. Their debut release, 2013’s Wastelander, was an introduction free of ambiguity. Pummelling at any tempo, the EP carved out a unique foxhole from which the band have been attacking ever since. Growing in skill and confidence, the band released their debut album Commonwealth the following year – earning them rave reviews and dedicated fans worldwide. Heavier and more menacing than their debut, Commonwealth spawned several successful singles, and set Ratking on a focused trajectory towards international recognition.
But if Commonwealth was a testament to what they could achieve, SERF is a jaw-dropping insight into just how exceptional this band is becoming. Led by its first single ‘Gotta Light?’, SERF is a fucking monster – a tornado of blitzkrieg drums, powerful riffs and the acidic, reverb-laden howls of Josh Reeves. Drawing upon elements of punk, hardcore and thrash, SERF is impeccably performed by the band, and delivered with gargantuan sonic weight by producer Matthew Templeman.
While hardcore is undoubtedly a universal language, Ratking’s dialect is distinctly Australian. Amidst the relentlessness of their music is a laid-back charm that comes from a life lived by the beach. Unbeknownst to the world, Ratking have been readying themselves to tour every corner of the planet, and SERF is the harrowing siren that heralds impending invasion.
THURSDAY MARCH 14
THE AUSSIE BBQ
SATURDAY MARCH 16
"SOUNDS AUSTRALIA has been an integral partner for SXSW. Their knowledge of the global market and their connections within the Australian music industry have proven beneficial each year, as they consistently put together one of …