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.”

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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 release in December 2018 to critical acclaim worldwide 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, is due for release Friday the 13th of December 2019 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! 

  Dirty Rats are now a member of the Sliptrick Records family. Find us at 

Jamie, Andy, Chooka or Wayne can be contacted at 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.

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Lock up your mothers! Still rocking out since the best decade in Australian Rock History, the 80s, Dirty Rats exhibit ballsy bass-driven melodies, power-packed riffs, and vocal talents that remain true to their beginnings. Throughout their journey, the Melbourne rockers have not only maintained their sound, but also their dirtiness, which is evident in their latest release “Rock n Roll”, which is sure to get rockers of all ages geared up. With tones likened to bands like Rose Tattoo, The Angels, and AC/DC, these blokes mean business! 

 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,34326.html 

 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. 

 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.

The vocals are melodic (with a touch of roughness), the guitars unleash excellent and simple riffs (and good solos), and the bass guitar and drums create a solid and heavy rhythmic basis 

taking their cues from the obvious homeland touchstones of Rose Tattoo and AC/DC, they mash up those influences and others into a no-holds-barred, brutal blast that covers 9 tracks of prime hard rock. Fronted by the powerhouse vocals of Wayne Rich, back up comes in the form of a classic guitar-bass-drums line up featuring grimy riffs by Chooka, low down four string from  Jamie Beovich and rattling drums courtesy of Andy


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