Rare are the bands that have genuine fun screaming repetitively “Dalai lama banana marijuana” all through a song. Even rarer are bands that would open their album with that song! Usually, it’s one that closes the album, or placed with the extra tracks. But no. Brisbane-based punk band Dune Rats completely assume their preferences and favorite topics.

Later, on Good Seeds, they insist on “we don’t want the TV anymore”, on a punchy song, while they get even more furious on Dr Dr where their sonic approach mixes garage rock with pure punk. The Ramones, The Stooges and The Gruesomes (if they knew them – probably not…) have to be major influences.


Dune Rats leaders aren’t your typical fried-brain punks. They actually write very catchy songs on their first album. Great melodies, with cool vocal harmonics (Drugs, Pogo), basslines that sound like Nirvana’s (When You’re Around) and great arrangements that hit the perfect (punk) mode: punchy, efficient, simple (the fun Superman).

dune rats album

All these ingredients make their music powerful. At volume 11, greatness appears. Dune Rats will infuse loads of energy in your day. Australians Danny Beusa (guitar, vocals), BC Michaels (drums, vocals) and Brett Jansch (bass, vocals) have released three EP and a few singles before this first album, on their own label.

Resistance is futile. Join the movement.

Dune Rats
(Ratbag Records, 2015)

-Genre: punk
-In the same style as The Ramones, The Gruesomes

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Nicolas Pelletier

Mélomane invétéré plongeant dans tous les genres et époques, Nicolas Pelletier a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts depuis 1991, dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie "Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique" en 2013, lance le site RREVERB en 2014, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016. Il dirige maintenant la stratégie numérique d'ICI Musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada.