Friday 22nd September saw the much anticipated 3.0 launch night held at the Forum in Tunbridge Wells. Hosted by Tarot Rats with support from Empyre and Honey Drive, this was set to be a night full of great rock music. With plenty of hype beforehand this had the promise to be a night to beat all others. It did not disappoint.
Opening with the overdriven tones of Honey Drive, superbly fronted by Andy Murphy, they wetted the audience’s appetite suitably. Whilst many are still yet to discover Honey Drive, they were in for a treat of strong powerful licks and pounding drums. Murphy’s vocals were the perfect accompaniment.
Next up we had Empyre. The Northampton quartet made the tiresome journey round the M25 to be with us and brought with them some real class. Their über polished sound was very clear to see playing classics such as Something Remains, Homegrown, Just a Ride to name but a few, lead singer and guitarist Henrik Steenholdt was the consummate professional showing a natural ability to engage with the crowd. Empyre’s unique take on David Guetta’s Titanium was a real highlight of the set.
Next up at the top of the bill was the hosts, Tarot Rats. Kicking off with the locomotive of War Begins in the Minds of Men, frontman, Timothy Steel entered the stage with true style. Crowd fully engaged, the rats plowed through what was regarded as their best performance to date.
Covering not only the EP tracks but also classics including No Love Lost and Temperance, the Rats also had some new, unheard tracks up their sleeves.
Finishing the powerful, energetic set with current single, When We Were Young, the hour and fifteen minutes had truly flown by.
A huge thanks to Honey Drive and Empyre for completing the night and finally the biggest thanks goes to everyone that came to support the Rats, without whom the night would’ve not been possible.
Rats EP Launch and Forum Review
Friday 22nd September 2017
Rats' review - Parish cake.
5th September 2017
Rats' Lil Roar review
2nd September 2017
Yesterday the Mischief travelled due North to Leo's Red Lion in Gravesend, Kent. Famous for hosting some of rock and metal's greatest bands, the Red Lion has a long history of festivals and sold out rock nights.
This weekend saw the Lil Red Roar Festival with four stages playing the best from the local metal and thrash scene. In the middle of it all was the acoustic stage with little old Tarot Rats. When not competing with the super-loud thrash stage next to them, the Rats were received with a fantastically warm reception.
Tarot Rats bassist, Adrian Smithers had this to say:
"I've played this venue in a previous band so I know that it's got a good reputation and has seen many greats grace the stage. I was excited to hear that I would have the chance to be heading back there."
Playing an acoustic set meant that drummer Alex Ribchester was able to take time off for a Stag-do in Magaluf, no doubt getting shit-faced. He will be back with a vengeance for the 22nd September gig at the Forum.
Forum gig & EP launch preview
1st September 2017
The Mischief are gearing up for their forthcoming EP release at the Forum in Tunbridge Wells on 22nd September 2017. Not only will this be the official launch of the latest EP but will also feature amazing support acts including Midlands giants Empyre and local boys Honey Drive.
The Rat's have been practicing hard and have put together a show-stopping set with a great combination of old, new and EP tracks, including the latest single: When We Were Young.
Band frontman, Timothy Steel had this to say:
"It's no secret that we are excited about the new EP and the response we've had to our single has been amazing. This gig for us is the perfect opportunity to showcase to everyone how Tarot Rats sound is evolving.
"Our band is maturing and we have a clear idea of where we feel our music is going. These are exciting times for the Rats and we want everyone to be a part of the journey."
See you there!
New single, When we were young released!
22nd August 2017
Tarot Rats proudly announce the release of their exciting new single, When We Were Young. From their forthcoming new EP; 3.0, the single is a change from the tracks on the Rat's previous EP and shows how the sound has moved on.
The single is a wonderful reminder of the nostalgic good times from our youth, the smells, the sounds, and how even though many years may have passed, we can still feel young from time to time.
Dealing from the top of the deck: Tarot Rats announce their new EP: 3.0.
8th August 2017
Tarot Rats set out with one mission: to write, record and perform the music they love - vintage soul, rock, and blues. The band’s sound has mainly evolved to explore lead singer Tim (Steel) Hill's vocals, a man blessed with a voice way beyond his years. It’s become the focal point of their latest writing sessions, and rightly so.
With their unique take on the blues-rock genre, the Rats offer an eclectic mix of full-on, over-driven riffs combined with stripped-back, soulful acoustic melodies: one foot firmly in the heart of the blues era, the other striding forward - keeping it alive, keeping it fresh and bringing the music to a brand new generation.
The Tarot Rats have announced their new EP 3.0, to be released on September 22ND 2017. Ever seeking authenticity, the band recorded live onto 2" tape: a deliberate choice to capture a classic vintage rock and blues sound.
Rat's guitarist Chris Sansom explains:
“We recorded it live to show what to expect when you come to a Rats’ gig. We often get asked what we sound like live. Grab an EP and see for yourself!"