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

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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, coupled with some serious personality clashes (read, lead singer was a dickhead), the band folded in the late 80’s before reaching its full potential. During the 90’s and 2000’s there were a number of reunions but they all eventually came to a screeching halt as the old issues resurfaced, (Singer was still a dickhead). Fast forward to 2013. The band reforms and returns to a vastly changed live music scene in Melbourne, firing on all cylinders and ready to take on the world.  A new singer and drummer are found, and a new guitarist comes on board….twice ! (long story). Finally, the Dirty Rats became a fully functioning band all going in the same direction. The old songs get new life, new songs are written. The live gigs go off, (check out “Live At The Bendigo Hotel” cd, what a hoot!), the band signs with Metal Coffee PR in the States. A record deal with Sliptrick records is signed, the first full length Dirty Rats album “Rock n Roll” is released worldwide to critical acclaim and a US tour is booked.  

The future. Well it looks pretty good. The Rats have a lot of interest worldwide, with great airplay stats! A new record is recorded and almost ready for release later in 2019. The US tour is booked and the boys are looking towards a European tour in 2020. 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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