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Once upon a time, in the 1980s in George West,Texas, there was a thrash-metal band that achieved a bit of success. Having started families, the members decided to take the 90s off to raise their kids.Well, it wasn't long before these guys felt the itch again, that need to write and perform. As bandleader Bob Strause puts it, "Once we heard distorted guitars on Ragweeds's Live and Loud at the Wormy Dog.And with Reckless Kelly putting fiddle on their rock songs, we knew we could find a home once again in the Texas music scene."
Out of the brush and prickly pear (hence the name) of Live Oak County,The Pear Ratz were born, with core members Bob Strause on rhythm and vocals, and Rodd Daws on bass, along with San Antonio's "Gentleman" Joe Talbert on the lead guitar, and John Starek on drums. The Pear Ratz 2006 debut album, Rat Now, set the tone for what would come to be called "Ratz Rock", a raw amalgam of country, rock, and honky-tonk. They followed up quickly with their 2007 Sophmore release, Holier Than Thou, which peaked at #2 on XM Radio's XCountry Countdown.
The Pear Ratz' latest record Rat Outta Hell sports a stylishly illustrated cover and a sound that is slicker than the first two albums, but still raw enough to stay true to the Ratz Rock sound.That means it includes plenty of country, plenty of rock, and a song affectionately known as "Killin U3" - a collaboration with Rich O'Toole called "Cheaters" - that continues the murder ballad tradition. Following the release of Rat Outta Hell the Pear Ratz took time away from their touring play a Memorial Day concert in Qatar for the U.S.Armed Forces stationed in the Middle East.