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.
"I highly recommend Ratboy Jr.'s new CD Champions Of The Universe. It is not only exquisite fun, but the music is excellent as well. It's something I put on whether my kid is in the car or not." - Jason Bowman" The Five Points Band
"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
"An intoxicating mix of The Jayhawks, The Muppets and Ween, rootsy-punk from a charismatic duo. There’s a lot of kid’s music able to be enjoyed by both child and adult. Ratboy Jr. is certainly in that discussion " Jeff/OWTK
"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
"Ratboy Jr. is the new thing They've got charisma and charm. They've got hooks and stories that you will get stuck in your head. When you hear them you'll want your own Ratboy Jr., but you have to share them with everyone else." -Dean/ Dog on Fleas
"Super inventive, laid back tunes for the fam. I've never really heard anyone rock the slide whistle before, but Ratboy Jr. does it and does it well."-Amberly/Ages 3 and Up!
“Ratboy Jr. is top notch family entertainment and was truly a great addition to our stage.” -Ulster County Fair
“I don't know what's in Ratboy Jr.'s juice box, but I want some of it."-Uncle Rock
“Ratboy Jr. brings a mischievous wit and sublime humor to a blend of fresh freestyle and catchy acoustic guitar-smithery.” -The Chronogram
“Raw, organic, fun, songs.” -Rick/WKZE
“When Kidtopia needed a fun and dependable house band for our winter concert series, Ratboy Jr. was our first pick. I knew the way they connected with an audience would win people over and I was right.”-Mike/Kidtopia & WDST
“…their live shows have been at the very least celebratory affairs.”-Roll Magazine