FeaturesWritten by Nastassia Baroni on August 8, 2014
Electronic group Rat & Co recently took to the open road with fellow Melburninan Chet Faker, transporting their experimental sounds to audiences around the country and today they’re treating Music Feeds readers with an exclusive behind-the-scenes photo diary, documenting their touring escapades.
The photo diary, which you can see below follows the outfit as they take on stages across the nation, from sound-checking to swapping out their nightly lineup to discussing bush turkeys in their downtime between gigs.
Rat & Co’s second album Binary was released earlier this year. Catch them live in their hometown when they perform a special show tonight, Friday August 8th at The Shadow Electric Bandroom in the Abbotsford Convent. Tickets are available here.
Gallery: Rat & Co’s 2014 Australian Tour Photo Diary
This is us in Sydney, we managed to have some downtime during the days and we were super lucky to have great friends that live on Bondi Beach to stay with and some awesome weather to top it off!
The tour was over and it was time to head back to Melbourne. We had a sweet time traveling the country with such an awesome crew of people. However we had to squeeze this last photo in, we think this may have been the first ever time Nic had used a fishing rod. The photo is titled - Inner City Fisherman. XO Rat & Co
This is “practicing” at Josh’s studio for the tour. Nic and Kaia decided they needed some exercise in between songs.
Sound checking at the Forum, it had such a massive stage, with three bands worth of equipment taking up space, on stage when playing the area it felt quite intimate. Its always so hard to capture the vastness of venues, this is my attempt at it.
June 14th - opening night of the tour as people start to lineup for the show. We were outside scoffing down some sweet burgers! D-Lish!
These photos show the two different lineups we had for the tour. We had to create two different sets because Johnny (our guitarist) wasn’t able to play all of the shows due to work and heading overseas. This was challenging but gave us an opportunity to try out different set styles.
Photo by Nick Ryall
When we play shows in Brisbane, we always tend to stay with our good mates from the band Millions, Ted (the guitar player) has this really cool house in the burbs of Brissy with a massive back yard. The visit always results in many card games and discussions about Bush Turkeys.
This was an early morning drive from where I live in Lorne on the Great Ocean Road, Kaia and I had to come back to work in Victoria for a few days before we headed off to Sydney for the final leg of the tour. John
These four photos show us prepping before shows. We all tend to have different ways to get our heads in the right space, these photos also show how much time and effort we have to put into our equipment.