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Ricky Rat / Press

“The legendary Ricky Rat is back with his second solo single Tokyo Pop - and it's a glitterbomb smash! The ex Trash Brat guitarist, last heard from a couple years ago when he delivered his outstanding debut solo album Songs In C Major Love, has recorded a couple of tunes he co-wrote with the great Dimitri Monroe. To call this single a "double A-side" somehow seems insufficient. It's more like a double A-plus side! These are the best tunes I've heard from Mr. Rat in years, and they're both anthems of glam/punk/power pop/rock n' roll! "Tokyo Pop" starts things off with a bang. It's a celebration of youth and fun and the way great rock n' roll transports us to a place where our troubles cease to exist. Those guitar licks are catchier than the clap, and I can only hope that that chorus ("Everyone's doin' the Tokyo pop/Even after the music stops") will spread like an epidemic and bring joy to the entire planet. "Glitter People" opens with a bubblegum glam guitar hook straight out of 1973!”

“From the Post-NAFTA, hard-hit ruins and economic devastation of a burnout junkyard, Detroit, where the police union warns you to “visit at your own risk”, comes the debut solo lp from Trash Brats guitarist, Ricky Rat, who has recently relocated to Indiana. For decades, the flamboyant punk-pop pioneer, Ricky Rat, has entertained fans all over the globe with his glammish brand of punk, or punkish brand of glam, reminding some of Mick Ronson, some of Ace Frehley. This exciting new vinyl long player from Tornado Ride Records will appeal to fans of power-pop and 70′s glitter greats like T.Rex, the Romantics, the Records, the Boys, Generation X, Celebrity Skin, and Hollywood Stars. He covers “Time And Space” by eighties new wave pin-ups, Flesh For Lulu, while his other poppy, singalong anthems will remind you of being young, fireworks, cook-outs, all night drunken singalongs, smokin’ cigarettes and starin’ at the moon, and the painful break-up’s that followed.”

“Ex-Trash Brat guitarist Ricky Rat is a Detroit-dedicated rock star who has starved, lived on couches, traveled the country and Europe in some of the most eat-shit conditions because he gave everything for rock ’n’ roll. From that came wisdom, which informs his debut solo album, which is out about now. God bless this dude. And go see him play.”

“Echoing the mantra of Uber Rock, former Trash Brats guitarist Ricky Rat really does have the spirit of '77 coursing through his veins on this a two-track sampler for his new full-length album 'Songs In C Major Love'. 'Crossfire Summer' has plenty of Heartbreakers wrapped up in some Hanoi Rocks licks and a great chorus but what won me over was the Mott The Hoople inspired guitar solo - a great melody and a great song. 'Saturday Night' follows on from the opener with a melody to die for, with some chant along singing and a proper rock 'n' roll riff on a good time song. Maybe a little more punk rock than Prima Donna and The Biters but it's along those lines. Okay granted this is all "safe as houses" for sure, but who cares? As like I've said many times before rock 'n' roll is to be enjoyed and if you aren't having enjoyment out of these two tracks then I give up, or maybe it's just the fact you aren't meant to get it. I love records like this it's bright & breezy ”

“Ricky Rat: “Crossfire Summer” b/w “Saturday Night” (New Fortune) The ol’ Trashbrats guitar slinger is back with an upbeat little single. Like most guitar slingers, he could use a boost in the vocal department, but how likely are you to find some straight-ahead, slightly autumnal rock and roll cut fresh to 45 these days? The only trace I hear of the man’s glam past is the not-so-jokey B-side, which stirs the blood a little more when it’s a survivor of the bar wars, not a pack of little Scots, doing the chanting.”

“Ricky Rat founding member of Detroit's outrageous glam punks the Trash Brats has spent a career playing and writing musical left hooks with the best em, not only with the Trash Brats, but with Kevin K,Texas Terri, the Luxury Pushers and Bootsy X and The Lovemasters and others .He has talked about doing a solo project for some time now and finally its all coming to fruition. His new record due to come out later this year called Songs In C Major Love is highly anticipated by this guy and many other fans as well. This 7' is just a teaser and a great teaser it is..The first single is called Crossfire Summer and it has that classic late 70' New York groove to it...”

“TRASH BRATS' guitar player Ricky Rat has just released his first solo album "Songs in C Major Love" and elegantly introduces it with the single "Crossfire Summer"(vinyl on New Fortune Records), a great power pop tune with a well-dosed mix of early KISS and HEARTBREAKERS guitar riffs emphasized by a melodic and catchy chorus. Ricky is on lead vocals with the help of his old bandmate Brian McCarthy and this works very well. The B-Side is a cover of the BAY CITY ROLLERS 'classic "Saturday Night", a song that totally fits with Ricky's music and glammy universe. Ricky Rat will be back in Europe in March/April 2012 to tour with his road rock'n'roll comrade Kevin K, and there might even be some solo shows! Meanwhile, you have some very cool tunes to listen to here!”

“Ricky Rat is a Detroit treasure, as highlighted by his awesome new 45, Crossfire Summer (New Fortune). Rat’s affection for bluesy British sleaze bands like the Dogs D’amour and the London Quireboys, plus more alternative punks like the Manic Street Preachers, informs his trashy songwriting, producing gems like this. Awesome.”

“Most people know Ricky Rat as the guitar-wielding, polka-dotted bandit in Detroit glam-rock giants the Trash Brats. On Friday, Rat will debut his first individual effort, "Songs in C Major Love," with a party at Small's in Hamtramck. "It's kind of scary stepping out front," says Rat. "I never really wanted to be a solo guy, but I had stuff I wanted to put out." The music on Rat's debut effort could be considered an extension of the Trash Brats catalog, with Rat staying true to his love for '70s glam and power pop. "I'm not the type that would make a jazz or hardcore record," he says. "Most people who like the Trash Brats will probably like the musical style." In the '90s, the Trash Brats were known on the Detroit club scene for their catchy glam-rock tunes and wild onstage antics. The band still performs on occasion. ”