JOHN BLEK & THE RATS

John Blek & The Rats announce the release of their second album, ‘Borders’

An album that captures the band shaking off their ramshackle beginnings and committing to tape a collection of new songs with a cohesive sonic richness, that embrace a fuller, fuzzier sound while striking a balance between experimentation and the tunefulness for which they have become known.

This is the sound of John Blek & The Rats exploring their own musical chemistry, a band evolving, breaking down barriers and crossing new ‘Borders’.

PRESS


★ ★ ★ ★         IRISH TIMES

★★ ★ ★ ★         METRO HERALD

ALBUM OF THE WEEK     RTE 2FM

AN IRISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR     TOM DUNNE (NEWSTALK)

"POETIC, POWERFUL, OFTENTIMES HAUNTING... THE BAND'S BEST AND MOST COMPLEX ALBUM YET."     IRISH ECHO

ALBUM OF THE MONTH    HIGHLAND RADIO

"A BOLD, BRAVE AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, EXCITING NEW JOURNEY"                     HOT PRESS

 

John Blek & The Rats combine their country sound with wonderful melodies, moving music that retains its timelessness and emotional effectiveness as it transcends the boundaries of region and genre. It takes hold of you from the very beginning and doesn’t let you go. 10/10.
— DER HORSPIEGEL (DEU)
Defiantly knocking on the door of major international breakthrough with their Americana rock sound fused with perfectly crafted songs
— EVENING ECHO (IRL)
They are the perfect band to take a festival crowd by the scruff of the neck with their tuneful, punky brand of Americana
— WHISPERIN & HOLLERIN (UK)
The sextet has quickly won the hearts of critics, their sound an infecting mix of folk, country, and Americana. The melancholy of their music combined with pounding rhythms and infectious choruses leads to beautiful songs that will delight a wide audience
— WILDWECHSEL (DEU)
There are lots of reference points here, not least the ghost of Townes Van Zandt, the Felice Brothers and Willie Nelson. But equally it all sounds refreshingly local. And though the 12 tracks on the band’s impressive debut are new, they exude a warm sense of familiarity
— THE IRISH TIMES
The Rats leave the stage under thunderous applause, a spectacular conclusion of an extraordinary concert
— HALLER TAGBLATT (DEU)
lek and his Rats know good folk music, and they use their musical talent to produce poetic, powerful, oftentimes haunting tracks. Their latest album, ‘Borders’ is the band’s best and most complex yet.
— IRISH ECHO (US)
From the winding charm of ‘Take Me Home’ to the raucous shuffle of ‘Hand On My Heart’, it’s Americana fed folk rock at it’s best. The Rebel County’s answer to Ryan Adams and his Cardinals
— HOT PRESS (IRL)
Charming, wistful and crammed full of great songs
— 2UIBESWTOW (IRL)
John Blek & The Rats are set for understated success with an album like this
— MUSIC AND EVERYTHING (IRL)