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The Pear Ratz are from the Texas Coastal Bend, but do not let that fool you into thinking they have any "Margarita" mix in their sound. Only hard driving, Texas Southern Rock will be found! The Ratz have a high energy, in-your-face show that is causing their already large fan base to spread across Texas and other parts of the U.S., as well as Internationally. Catch a Pear Ratz show and be ready to party as they will rock all night with their unique sound. Be prepared for mostly original songs; however, an occasional classic is slipped in the list for good measure. Songs like John Lennon's "Imagine", to Robert Earl Keen's "Dreadful Selfish Crime" are included in the mix. Give the Ratz a chance to rock, and they will show you the way it's suppose to be done. With the release of their 2007 sophomore album, Holier Than Thou, it is extremely evident this band will stop at nothing to make a name for itself in the Texas Music Scene. The first single from the new album, “Holier-Than-Thou” proved that these guys will not hesitate to take on a fresh country-rockin’ sound, with a Ratz Rock touch. This, “play what you play the way you play it” attitude has landed them gigs with Reckless Kelly to manning a stage at Robert Earl’s Texas Uprising and headlining the now infamous annual Ratzfest. Hailing from the George West, Texas area, it hasn't taken long for this Texas band to reach and exceed the outermost boundaries of the Lone Star State and beyond.. A Look at the Ratz Boys BOB STRAUSE Born and raised in George West, Texas, Bob Strause, (Lead Vocals, Guitar) lists one of his first musical experiences at age 7, as filling glasses with different levels of water and recording “I can see clearly now” on a small cassette recorder. By age 12, he figured out that bailing hay just wasn’t the career path he wanted to follow. At 19, the Thrash Metal Band Scene was “the happening thing” and Bob was influenced by the sounds of bands like Pantera and Slayer. So, along with friends Rodd and Chris, they formed the band Defiance, and living up to the name, began the process of defining a sound that was to become the predecessor of “Ratz Rock.” Somewhere in the middle of Metal Mania Bob met his soul mate, Valerie, and now wife of 21, years.. Settling down in George West, Texas, they had a beautiful Daughter and lived the working mans life. “Hey everybody’s got bills to pay,” says Bob. Finally, in 2004, that sleeping Rat awoke, brought to life from its hibernation by the influence of Steve Earle. RODD DAWS Rodd Daws, (Bass Guitar, Vocals) was born in Corpus Christi and raised in Mathis Texas. He received his first guitar at age 11 and instantly upon grasping it in his hands began jumping wildly up and down in the air. Bouncing from his Mothers couch to his Fathers favorite easy chair and back again, Rodd knew that performing was his destiny. Listening to and watching Eddie and David Lee of Van Halen and Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS, taught him that standing still was not to be. Jobs like pumping gas, delivering beer, and being a crane operator, did not set well with him since it wasn’t musical in nature. Defiance was his first real shot at performing live and with the help of his fellow musicians, the Daws style of bass guitar was born, never at rest and always moving. Rodd was also into the Dwight Yokum sound, which he thought was cool, but it didn’t allow him to carve up a stage playing it. The Pear Ratz allows the opportunity to mix Metal, Rock, Country and Southern rock into one unique sound that soothes the soul and pounds it at the same time. JOHN STAREK Drummer John Starek is a native of Corpus Christi native. As an avid surfer, fisherman, and skateboarder whose “once in a lifetime” experience would be to “Surf the World,” Corpus is the perfect place to live. For the past ten years John has performed and recorded with various artists, including David Prader, The UNT Jazz Guitar Ensemble, to recently touring with fellow gulf coast native, Jarrod Birmingham. Musical influences are a smorgasbord of sounds from rock to funk, jazz to fusion and includes The Police, American Jazz Drummer Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, and Dave Grohl. As a matter of fact his first musical performance was jamming to Guns N Roses with his Lincoln Logs. JOE TALBERT The newest member of The Pear Ratz is San Antonio born and raised guitarist, Joe Talbert. Joe's a little strange. He enjoys throwing up, looking for cat fights at midnight, eating light bulbs, and getting winked at by the elderly. He'd really like to meet Chewbacca, the cast of 'The Love Boat' (who ever's still alive) and anyone whose ever seen a man eat his own face, because if you've seen that, you've seen everything. The Ratz enjoyed much success with their first CD, Rat Now, and are currently running on the energy of the release of their new album, Holier Than Thou. The title track from Holier Than Thou, written by Rodd Daws, is a personal experience story that sure to hit home with a lot of people. Make no mistake: Holier Than Thou is the next best thing to hit the shelves since Webster’s dictionary ... at least until the third record is finished. The Ratz are on the Rize!

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Average Rating : 4.7              Total Reviews: 20


Pear Ratz  03/11/2014            
Gary in AZ
Kick Ass !! Just got turned on to them from Spotify recommendations. When they coming to Phoenix !! Killer.
Pear Ratz  08/12/2012            
r.f.
thats cool that ozona is not on the live cd. the cd is still great but ozona is a good song
Pear Ratz  07/10/2012            
r.f.
good cd but the song ozona is not on the cd. whats up with that? they made a big deal on there web site to play the video on you tube
Pear Ratz  09/15/2010            
bailey
love the new album Rat Out Of Hell , all three are great, but i think this one shows more diversity and great production work. p.s. Ozona is a great song
Pear Ratz  06/30/2010            
Steve @ T4TX.com
I have been a fan of The Pear Ratz since Hank Moon broke them here in San Antonio on The Outlaw. First time I heard "South of the Nueces" I was hooked by the cool rock beats and the overall raw sound. Recently, though, whenever I went to a Pear Ratz show, Bob Strause, the Ratz lead singer, would say to the audience, "Here's a new one" and it would be a ballad or a waltz or something, and I thought, what the hell is happening to the Ratz? Going soft? Answer: NOPE! This new record, RAT OUTTA HELL is their wildest, and best, mix yet. The six original tunes are as strong as the covers, and it's nice to see the newest Rat, guitarist Joe Talbert, contribute one of those, although I was surprised his was a country tune. Bassist Rodd Dawes's "Light Switch" is a nice ode to the wonders a little darkness can work on your (and your partner's) looks. Bob's "Anything", though, which is the album's final tune, blew me away. Wow! Although it's toned down a bit, this song could very easily be covered by Megadeth -- and I hope that happens! It's also great to see the unofficial fifth Rat, Jarrod Birmingham, again contributing songs and vocals, and another of my favorites, Rich O'Toole providing a co-write on "Cheaters", one of the album's best songs. RAT OUTTA HELL is a bit slicker than the Ratz first two records, but Bob's voice is still as earthy as ever, and that keeps the country tunes from having that godawful mainstream radio sound, making them, instead, very enjoyable even to this non-country listener. Bottom line: RAT OUTTA HELL rocks in all the right spots, rolls in the others, and should be well-received by current fans as well as bring in some new ones. 'Nuff said. Oh, wait did I mention that the cover is badass! That's gotta win an award somewhere, right? Look and listen the Ratz are back!
Pear Ratz  06/29/2010            
wildest branch
what do you want? country? Got it. Rock: Damn sure got it! really hard to describe. This would make Ozzy want to learn how to 2step!
Pear Ratz  01/08/2009            
Hal
Quit giving bands like this 5 stars!! It cheapens the value of it!
Pear Ratz  01/07/2009            
Packrat
These guys rock. Great songs, catchy. Cool drummer. See them when they hit town. Bob, Rod, Chris and John. The new fab four.
Pear Ratz  12/19/2008            
ayouknow
You guys rocked my socks man.
Pear Ratz  01/10/2008            
Cyndi Plemons
My son has beened turned on to your music. He can't wait to see you again. His dad went to school with you guys. I can't wait to hear your sound.
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