The Dirty Rats have been playing together since the '80s, and it shows. Tight, raucous, loud and - yes - dirty, they're purveyors of the kind of high energy rock and roll which will never die.”

Exhumed - ABC Radio Melbourne

Dirty rats bio

Dirty Rats are a no bullshit Aussie pub rock band, playing beer barns and inner city clubs throughout Melbourne and country Victoria. Over the last 30 years, the band have 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 have developed a loyal fanbase both here and overseas based on their critically acclaimed first album, Rock n Roll, amazing follow up album, End in Tears and high energy shows for bugger all money, precious little industry recognition, but purely for the enjoyment of playing loud “balls to the wall” rock. 

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. 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. This latest album, End in Tears, 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! 

Dirty Rats "End in Tears" released by Sliptrick Records and available on all streaming networks and quality music sites

  Dirty Rats "Rock n Roll" released by Sliptrick Records. Find us at 

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 all our albums and EP's 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.

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End in Tears 

These scruffy Aussies are dead serious about their diesel-fueled whiskey snortin’ hard rock and this effort shows they are right up there with AIRBOURNE in the AC/DC inspired rock sweepstakes. In fact, I would say they are beating AC/DC at their own game. 

docs dungeon blog

Let the good times roll. Dirty Rats know how to rock and they know how to roll. Delivering catchy beer-soaked rock tunes; The Juice, Axis of Love and Love From A Distance get the party started with plenty of Aussie energy.  

Games Brains and the Headbanging Life

Thirteen rock and roll songs you just want to grab a schooner and rock out to.  

Planet Mosh

Real Rock under the Dirty Rats banner proves to be a killer party indeed! This is music to swill by, fist-pumping excellence in abundance. ... If you're ready to Rock, End In Tears gets the job done!!!  

Vile Views

If you like AC / DC and MOTÖRHEAD, you will love it. Heavy rock with speed, but without losing the feeling and the melody.



Rock n Roll

 with the opener 'Not Alone' everything is clear, one inevitably thinks of early ROSE TATTOO. But AC / DC and THE ANGELS come in the course of the season several times in mind 

 Power Metal Review

 Dirty Rats have been rocking out in Melbourne Australia in one form or another since 1983, but this has been 2015 and has never sounded better. 2018 with their latest album, Rock'n'Roll, released upon an unsuspecting world through Sliptrick Records on the 4th of December 2018. Do not make the mistake of lame comparisons with other Australian bands, apart from the obvious influences, this is Dirty Rats the hard rock legends, in all of their down and dirty glory. 

 Blitz FM

 Rolling with a rough and ready approach to how the album sounds, the band wanted to capture the feel of a live gig and they absolutely nail that with eight beer-soaked rocking tunes and a cover. No fluff, no messing around, this is an album that is Aussie Rock through and through. 

 Games, Brains and the Headbanging Life


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