One of the Hudson Valleys hardest working kindie bands, Ratboy Jr. celebrates the release of its second full length album, Champions Of The Universe. This second album takes kids and adults on a musical voyage. Hudson Valley Almanac says “each song sounds different, full of great melodies and textures, with fun, imaginative themes born from a true childlike way of viewing the world, delivered in the form of professional musicianship.” Most of it all its just plain fun! The majority of the 15 songs were recorded at No Parking Studio in Rosendale, New York and co-produced by Grammy nominated producer, Dean Jones. (Dog On Fleas.)
Ratboy Jr. is a rocking duo for all ages, a band for the whole fam, if you will. They are singer and guitarist Timmy and multi-tasker extraordinaire Matty (he plays drums and keyboards at the same time!). They perform energetic, catchy, and sometimes improvised tunes with hooks and stories that will get stuck in your head- songs about rocks that slide up hills, guitar playing chickens, and instructions on eating clouds.
Their live shows have been getting a lot of buzz. They seemed to have found the formula for a super fun show. A perfect mix of audience participation, hilarious onstage banter, and a slide whistle! Adults have as much fun as the kids. Ratboy Jr. have become Northeast festival staples and continue to play schools, libraries, fairs, parties, farmers markets. etc.
They have opened for the Levon Helm Band and have played at such festivals as Top of the Park (MI), Mountain Jam (NY), The Green River Festival (MA), The LEAF Festival (NC), Clearwater Festival, The River Meltdown, and many more. They also have played at venues across the northeast including the Bowery Poetry Club (NYC), Bearsville Theater (NY), etc. Schools and libraries have also had Ratboy Jr. play for them and lead various workshops for the students.
Champions Of The Universe has been receiving airplay on radio stations throughout the country and has been streaming on sites and apps like Spotify. Their music can be found at Itunes, CDbaby, Amazon, and others. Ratboy Jr. has also produced several music videos, which can be found at ratboyjr.com
Give it up….
Timmy and Matty have played with big kids, like The Ramones (Tim toured with them, ask him, he will not stop talking about it), Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween), Larry Campbell, Dog on Fleas, Pete Seeger, Bob Dorough from School House Rock, Happy Traum, Uncle Rock, Bad Brains, and on and on and so forth and so forth.……we can’t believe you read this far. Thanks so much, now go have a cookie.
Big Ups…. Here’s what folks have said about Ratboy Jr.
“ ...this CD of straight from the heart songs is a musical thought track in the head of a curious playful six year old boy.” Parents Choice Award
“The Ween-esque, intergalactic folk music is paired with curious subject matter like eating clouds, high five-ing shadows, big-headed Mexican wrestling hopefuls, space fuzz, and a guitar pickin’ chicken to make an album that is every bit as funny as it is fun.” Jeff/OWTK
“This album takes you on a musical voyage. Each song sounds different, full of great melodies and textures, with fun, imaginative themes born from a true childlike way of viewing the world, delivered in the form of professional musicianship. Kathy / Kids Corner
“Ratboy Jr. at first sounds simple -- but once you listen a little, you realize that simplicity is deceptive. Loping and good-natured, it's goofy stuff that will make you smile and will probably make your kids crack up.” Bill / Spare the Rock
“Champions of the Universe is a goodie bag of fun filled with clever lyrics, creative storytelling, entertaining rhymes and humorous riddles. Each song invites listeners on a journey to explore artful and abstract scenarios that aim to nurture a child’s imagination.” Rebecca / Kids can Groove
"How to Eat A Cloud" by Ratboy Jr. I think we can all agree that cloud juice is best for hydration. But before you squeeze it, why not eat it?” Mindy / Kids Place Live
"The two-man rock band performs its catchy (and often improvised) tunes with a side of onstage banter to break up the music" -Time Out NY
"Ratboy Jr. should be the official kindie rock summer soundtrack"-Nugget Island
“If Calvin & Hobbes had a soundtrack, this would be it. Ratboy Jr’s new album, Smorgasbord, has a classic rock sound with just enough mischief thrown in for good measure”-Boston Children's Music review
"Charmingly ragged harmonies, warm brass, and a slightly jammy aesthetic all add up to a wonderfully down-to-earth listening experience that manages to feel as expansive as any Phish record while keeping every song under four minutes"-Jeff/Dadnabbit