Dirty Rats were formed in 1982 in Melbourne Australia by Bass player, Jamie Beovich. Over time, playing the suburban beer barns and inner city clubs throughout Melbourne, the band developed a sound that is typically Australian hard rock, think AC/DC, Rose Tattoo ,but listen closely and influences from MC5, Motorhead and even some punk rock can be heard. They soon developed a huge local following based on their relentless gigging schedule and high energy shows. In the 80’s the Rats were playing 4 and 5 nights a week for bugger all money and precious little industry recognition, but purely for the enjoyment of playing loud “balls to the wall” rock, and the punters loved them for it. The band released a number of EP’s over that period including the now very collectable Play It Loud vinyl record, which was released to great local acclaim, but unfortunately commercial success and rock stardom eluded them. 

After numerous line up changes which saw some excellent players and some complete nut jobs pass through the bands ranks, Dirty Rats are now a lean, mean and explosive 4 piece band pumping out some of the best new guitar driven rock, with a uniquely 80's flavour, that you will hear today. Their first full length album was released worldwide through Sliptrick Records in December 2019 to critical acclaim and has received extensive airplay throughout America and the European Union. The Dirty Rats line up comprises original rat, Jamie Beovich on bass, Wayne Rich on vocals, Anthony “Chooka” Chapple on guitar and Andy Thomson on drums.

The Dirty Rats latest album, End in Tears, was released by Sliptrick Records on the 10th of November 2020 and features 13 new hard driving original rock compositions from the songwriting team of Beovich/Rich, ranging from rock anthems to drinking songs and even some old school blues, just to shake things up a little. 

If you like your rock loud, hard and old school, Dirty Rats are the band for you. End in Tears is set to become an instant Aussie rock classic, building on the high praise and accolades of Rock n Roll, to finally set the Dirty Rats into their rightful place in the Aussie rock pantheon. It was over 30 years coming and a lot of blood sweat and tears, but Dirty Rats are finally set to conquer the world!


Dirty Rats Rock!

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Jamie, Andy, Chooka or Wayne can be contacted at [email protected] or on 0431 339 679

Check out our youtube channel or hit us up with a like on Facebook.  Buy our music on iTunes or Amazon or listen to our album, Rock n Roll, on Spotify or your favourite digital platform

Tell your local venue or pub scene about us and get on board, all the way to Rat Town, you'll love what you find.