Before you hit that back arrow (upon realizing that you must have clicked your way onto some kind of “goddamned internet blog”), I would like to thank you for taking the time to check out our website at all. Really. The whole Rattlers family has been blown away by the unprecedented support and interest our project has garnered, especially given that we have very little content available on the web.
This will change very soon. We have been very fortunate in the last 10 months, and we are excited to announce a beautiful new 10” EP coming your way. It will be independently released and available on all major platforms. Exact release dates are still unsure, but it looks like a matter of weeks. In the meantime, keep an eye out for show announcements. We’ve got some really cool stuff planned, folks.
Now, for the benefit of those who have not yet stopped reading, I will bring you up to speed on what we’ve been doing for the past year:
The first Rattlers show was in September of 2015. In that same month we released on our first demo, which was recorded on my handy Tascam Porta 02 cassette console in the heat of Los Angeles. These recordings, however rough, did manage to find a small audience through word of mouth and social media. That was you, probably.
Eventually the demo fell into the hands of Matt Harris (our now manager), and in turn, Johnny K (producer based in Chicago and Nashville). Matt, a Kalamazoo native, had been a fan of Graham as a solo act before the Rattlers existed. Shortly after the Rattlers came to Los Angeles, he began drawing up plans for us as a recording and touring band.
The following February Matt booked a 12-hour block at NRG Studios, and enlisted the help of drummer Mike Avenaim to fill out the sound. Johnny K landed in LA on the morning of the 10th via red eye, and by the end of that night we had five live-tracked songs.
At this point, I can’t give too much more away. I can say that since February we’ve done little but prepare for this debut. I can also say that we were blown away by the vinyl mastering work done by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Sound. Things are sounding good, baby.
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Keep your stick on the ice.
-Adam and Graham