Son Of The Velvet Rat is the solo project of the Austrian-based singer/songwriter Georg Altziebler.
Formed in 2000 (together with Robert Kres on violin and harmonium) as an experimental reaction to the
predominance of angst-ridden testosterone rock, Son of the Velvet Rat essentially filters the dark romanticism of Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake through the pop songcraft and the aesthetics of 60-bpm, lo-fi indie rock. While their contemporaries are often direct and to-the-point, Son of the Velvet Rat have been crafting minimalist songs layered with brooding vocals, melancholic orchestrations and poetic lyrics that are laced with recurring themes of alienation, failed romance and loneliness.
"Vocalist Altziebler carries on the tradition of Leonard Cohen as filtered through the modern sensibilities of Tindersticks' Stuart Staples." (Listen.com, December 2003)
"Son Of The Velvet Rat" creates magical, fragile, psychedelic inner city folk ballads that evolve around themes of alienation." (Kleine Zeitung, January 11, 2004)