Sunday, May 7, 2017

Friendship & The House Of Chains

Oi! First and foremost, today I need to address the fact that we have cancelled our appearance at Patchwork Festival next weekend, and we want to apologize to the festival promoters and anyone who was looking forward to our set. Hopefully we can make it up to y'all in the future. Some bummer shit has come up and is hobbling us a little bit.
In other news, our splits with Moloch and Crevasse are both available from Halo of Flies in the US, Feast of Tentacles in the UK and Contraszt in EU, and streaming still:
Our split with Disrotted will be streaming at Invisible Oranges in a few days, along with pre-orders and all that. Phew! Thanks for sticking with us so far. Two more releases to go after those. LOL.
Love y'all. Take care, hope to see you soon.

Friendship Tour (Cloud Rat // False // Moloch // Thou) June 26 - July 22:

6/26 - Washington D.C. @ Atlas Brew Works 
2052 West Virginia Avenue Northeast
All Ages / $15 / 7:00PM

6/27 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
29 E Allen St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
All Ages / $15 / 7:00PM

6/28 - Brooklyn, NY @ Villain
50 N 3rd street, Brooklyn, NY
18+ / $15-$18 / 7:00PM

6/29 - Portland, ME @ Space Gallery
538 Congress St, Portland, ME, 04101
All Ages / $12-$15 / 7:30PM

6/30 - Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom 
156 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA
18+ / $15 / 8:00PM

7/1 - Providence, RI @ Aurora (Matinee)
276 Westminster St, Providence, RI
All Ages / $8-$10 / Noon

7/1 - Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall 
1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY
16+ / $12 - $15 / 7:00PM

7/2 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
68 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI
All Ages / $13-$15 / 7:00PM

7/3 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean 
2011 W North Ave, Chicago, IL
All Ages / $15 / 4:30PM

7/4 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
629 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN
18+ / $15 / 8:00

7/5 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews (Matinee)
212 4th Street, Des Moines, IA
All Ages / 5PM /  $12 - $15

7/5 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews (Late show) 
212 4th Street, Des Moines, IA
21+ / 9:30 / $12 - $15

7/6 - Denver, Co @ Hi Dive 
7 S Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80209
18+ / 7PM / $12 - $15

7/7 - Denver, CO @ Mutiny Info Cafe (Matinee)
2 S Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80209
All Ages / 1PM / $10

7/7 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Triple Nickel 
26 S Wahsatch Ave, Colorado Springs, CO
All Ages / 7PM / $12 - $15

7/8 - Boise, ID @ Wastelander Studios
1315 W Washington St, Boise, Idaho 83702
All Ages / 6:30PM / $12

7/9 - Seattle, WA @ Highline
210 Broadway Ave E, Seattle, WA
21+ / 9PM / $13 - $15

7/10 - Tacoma, WA @ Real Art
5412 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409
All Ages / 7PM / $10 - $13

7/11 - Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
722 E Burnside St, Portland, Oregon 97214
All Ages / 6PM / $15 

7/12 - Salem, OR @ 110 Commercial St NE
All Ages / 6PM / $10 - $20

7/13 - Eureka, CA @ Veterans Memorial Hall
1018 H St, Eureka, CA
All Ages / 6PM? / $12?

7/14 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst 
1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
All Ages / 8PM / $12 - $15

7/15 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse
522 2nd St, Oakland, CA
All Ages / 7PM / $15

7/16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex 
1154 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
All Ages / 8PM / $15

7/17 - Orange County, CA @ Chain Reaction 
1652 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA
All Ages / 7PM / $13 - $15

7/18 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge 
2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ
All Ages / 7:30PM / $13 - $15

7/19 - Albuquerque, NM @ Moonlight Lounge
120 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
13+ / 7PM / $15

7/20 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links
2704 Elm Street, Dallas TX 75226
All Ages / 7PM / $15 - $20

7/21 - Austin, TX @ Lost Well
2421 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX
All Ages / 8PM / $20 - $25

7/22 - New Orleans, LA @ TBA

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Deadhouse Gates

Greetings from the Void beyond the event horizon. I do hope this finds you well, friends.
Since the last update, we played three One Fest gigs on the east coast and my 30th birthday weekend, all went super well with a lot of energy and good folks around. The most fucked, lit party after the bday gigs too, WOAH. Thanks  <3 br="">
We also finally finished recording/mixing/mastering for all five upcoming releases. (!!!)
It was a wild six/seven months. We worked incredibly hard to make what is (I think) our best material yet. Each release is quite different, while still maintaining our heart and sound somehow. There's a piano ballad, a gothy trip-hop number, an 18-minute doomy epic, four down-tuned sludge grinders, an Electric Deads cover, and a bunch of CR-flavored grindy/punky/metally/saddy tracks. 66 minutes of new material, fuckin hell. Too much. lol.

The release schedule has changed a bit. Split LP with Moloch will be released April 1st, streaming this weekend!
Then split 7" with Crevasse.
Then split LP with Disrotted.
Split LP with The World Is A Vampire should be in there somewhere, too.
Split 7" with Test should be due out in the Fall.

All except the Test split should be out in time for the summer Friendship Tour with Moloch, False and Thou, June 26 - July 22. Dates will be up very soon.

In the meantime, we are playing in Toledo 3/31 for our bff JC's birthday (engineer behind Qliphoth and all splits since then) and then Milwaukee 4/1 with bff's False, Pigs Blood and others. Will be good.

Be good to each other. Sorry I don't have more to say at the moment. Read Malazan: Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson, there is way more interesting/relevant stuff to read there. Cheers loves.

Friday, December 30, 2016

The Wailing


Well, it's been another four months since I last updated this. Three months since we last practiced lol (that's about to change tonight). Whatever.
I hope that you, dear reader, have somehow had a fabulous 2016. I'm noticing the recent social media trend of hopefulness and what not for 2017, which is nice, albeit probably misguided. Who am I kidding though? I start counseling next week, hoping to better myself and get on a path to fixing my broken fucking brain, which in turn will help me become more productive (Fitter, Happier). I'm hoping to quit smoking again. So I guess the hope bug has me in its pincers a little bit too. Better than the alternative. I think?
2017 will see Cloud Rat releasing a shitload of material over five split records throughout the year, as well as touring a bit here and there, with one big one in the summer. We had to cancel our Australia/SE Asia and Europe plans due to financial and scheduling issues. Of course! I'm really not sure how to make crazy stuff like that happen anymore. We need to make a lot more money doing this in order for that kind of thing to work out. BIG HAHA THERE HUH? Nah, it'll all happen someday. Just slower and less frequent than I'd like. Anyways, here's what's on the books:

1/27: 1FEST NYC @ Silent Barn w/ ACxDC, Backslider, Die Choking, Escuela, Goolagoon, Grindmother, Chepang, Death Vacation, Sick Shit
Doors at 7, Show @ 8
Ticket link:
FB Event:

1/28: 1FEST Syracuse @ The Warehouse w/ ACxDC, Die Choking, Escuela, Goolagoon, Grindmother, Dyalisis, Meth mouth, Street Feet, Media Limits, Hallucination Realized, Zooters
ticket link:
FB Event:

1/29: 1FEST BOSTON @ Hardcore Stadium w/ ACxDC, Die Choking, Escuela, Goolagoon, Grindmother, Ascend/Descend, Suffer on Acid, Lunglust, D-Sagawa
ticket link:
FB Event:

*4PM All Ages Matinee show @ The Hall of Heroes comic shop (
1620 S Mission St, Suite P. Mt Pleasant, MI 48858) w/ Disrotted, Phoolan Devi, One More TBA. $5-$8 Sliding Scale Suggested Donation.
*9PM 21+ show @ Rubbles Bar
(112 W Michigan St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858) w/ Disrotted, Choose Your Poison, Lowhangers, One More TBA. $8-$10 Sliding Scale Door.

6/26 - 7/23: HUGE TOUR TBA

That's about it for 2017, aside from hopefully a string of local MI gigs and some one-offs here and there. Keep ya eyes peeeeeled. I, personally, would like to do some more short weekends with friends but it's hard. All of our schedules and financial sitches are fucked. Not to mention our collective mental illnesses. UGH.

I think our release schedule is going to go something like:
split 7" w/ Crevasse - March
split LP w/ Moloch - April
split LP w/ The World Is A Vampire - May
split LP w/ Disrotted - June
split 7" w/ Test (tentative) - Fall.
Over an hour of new material that we are reeeeeeally stoked on. There are talks of maybe even doing a music video, after all these years. We'll see. LOTS OF SHIT HOLY FUCK TOO MUCH WORK.

Hails. Stay up.

Whiskey Dad

Monday, August 29, 2016

Life. Grind. Death. Love. Decay. Liberation.

Oi loves. Hope y'all are well.
Recording so far is going INCREDIBLY well. Check out and Pals in bands: I cannot recommend JC strongly enough. Easy to work with and is doing great fucking work. Do it.

Cloud Rat merch is online now at Dead Tank Records. Check it!

Our tour with Wolves In The Throne Room is starting so soon. Can't wait to see so many pals. Here are the dates:

9/10 Buffalo, NY @ Adam Mickiewicz Library - Buffalo Bitchfest *

9/12 Elizabeth, NJ @ Cianfano's Bar - Fall Fuckfacetival  **
9/12 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar w/ Anicon - Sold out.
9/13 Long Island, NY @ Shakers Pub w/ False Gods, Kids Having Kids, Haagenti - *
9/14 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia w/ Sabbath Assembly -

9/15 Washington DC @ Smash Records w/ Brainpan, Ethan Lee McCarthy - **

9/15 Washington, DC @ DC9 Nightclub w/ Cobalt - 

9/16 Baltimore, MD @ Barclay House w/ TRIAC, Enemy Insects, Neck Breather - *

9/17 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Cemetery Piss -

9/18 Atlanta, GA @ The EARL -
9/20 Austin, TX @ Barracuda Lounge w/ Sabbath Assembly -
9/21 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada w/ Sabbath Assembly -
9/22 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room -
9/23 Chicago, IL @ TCC Chicago w/ Disrotted, Clotting - ** 
9/23 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle w/ DJ Adam Luksetich - Sold out.
9/24 Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace -
9/25 Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa (POP Montreal) -

** Matinee Show, No WITTR

Cheers! See so many of you very soon, wwwwoooooooooo love y'all,


Friday, August 12, 2016

The Arcane Oath

Hope y'all have been well. Tour with Closet Burner last month was great, lots of staring into the void, and many misanthropic feelings were had. Thanks so much to all the promoters and friends and venues and bands and drugs for hanging out in the hot hot heat with us.
Currently bumming that I'm not in Olympia at Migration Fest with all the homies. Sending much love that way.
Next up: recording at Lakebottom and then tour with Wolves in the Throne Room and then more recording. Will post a real update soon with merch and all of our tour dates, including matinees and one-offs, for the rest of the year. Cheers friends.

P.S. Check out our pals in Disrotted, they got a fucking killer new record out. I picked up the LP recently and FUCK does it make you so sad. Get it.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Eternally Committed To The Void

So much to update and say, I don't really know where to start.
Tour with Ferals was so good, and a lot of fun. BFFs. Great shows, great times. Also brutally hot and no sleep fucking EVER. Thanks to all the lovely folks we got to see and hang out with and shit. TEST, WHAT A FUCKING BAND WOAH. Expect a split with them in the future. Seven-One Grind Fest was so killer, apologies to anyone who saw me all fucked up later on Friday night (Full of Hell dudes, Brandon, Thou folks, Bell Witch folks, Brandon Rat, uber driver, sorry y'all), yikes my bad. Milwaukee is officially home base number two. Annnnnd Drugs rule, mmkay?

I guess I'll get the bad news out of the way now... we have a number of cancellations and schedule changes. It really sucks to have to do this, and at this point I'm afraid we might have a bit of a stigma for such things, but it is what it is. :(
Summary: Appearances at Discontent Fest this weekend and at False 5 Year Anniversary gig August 27th both cancelled. West Coast and AustraliAsia tours both pushed back to 2017. For more info/reasons, read the next bit. If you don't care, skip ahead to the next-next chunk of words.
Our slot on Discontent Fest this weekend: cancelled due to one of our members having some serious health/wellbeing issues. I'm not going to divulge, but please, if you have a moment, send us some positive lovey vibes, they are much needed and sincerely appreciated. So yeah, so sorry to Tony, everyone else helping with the fest, sorry to Dakhma who we were going to share a vehicle with, all of  the bands and our friends who we were all so much looking forward to hanging and partying with. We will make it up to y'all any way we can. :(

We have to cancel our appearance with False for their five-year anniversary show in Minneapolis on August 27th. SUPER FUCKING BUMMED. This is due to a scheduling issue that unfortunately could not be resolved. We tried everything to make it work, but it's just a fucked weekend. Sorry to our lovers in False and to all of our Minneapolis pals, we want to be there so bad uggghhhh. We will also make this up to y'all anyway we can. :(
We are pushing our September West Coast tour back to 2017. This sounds bad, but is actually for a very good, positive reason. I can't announce the info yet, y'all will know in a couple weeks. West Coast tour will most CERTAINLY be happening next year, and it will be a stacked fuckin tour. And we will hit Minneapolis on that one as well, so all good there.
We are also pushing the New Zealand / Australia / SE Asia / Japan tour back to 2017 as well. This is due to a couple things: Skelptarsis broke up (RIP), and with the health and scheduling issues already plaguing us this year, we figured it would be best to give some time to breathe and save money and shit. It is definitely still happening as well though, and Europe will be around the corner from that again too. :)

In other, better news, our tour with Closet Burner is still happening and is all booked, very stoked. Here is the thingy for that, check it, share it, blah blah blah. Thanks Zach Maatman for the drawing and thank myself for the handwritten junk/flyer layout, thank Madison for the idea. We wanted to have something not so foreboding and grim for the tour poster this time around, the world has so much fucked up shit happening constantly, needed some light for a change.

We are still on track to record in August and October. There is an insane tour to be announced for September, and another couple really fucking amazing things in the works for next year. Merch store is pretty much depleted, so I gotta get on that, maybe it's time to have Josh Deadtank handle it. I'll get on that. Haven't even written him, just posting thoughts now. LOL.

Alright, I'm done ranting. Thanks everyone who has been supporting us via online merch, digital sales, coming to shows, etc etc. The help is just fucking amazing and much needed and appreciated. Keep each other close, be kind and loving and respectful and fuckin cool. Cheers.

Love, Whiskey Dad

Monday, May 30, 2016

Bordello of Blood

Typical. Again, taking way too long to update shit. Trying our best, but you know. Fuckin life. LOL.
We leave for tour with Ferals on Wednesday. Will be playing some shit that we've never played live before, as well as two BRAND NEW songs. We practiced at my partner and I's newly purchased home yesterday (woah. Dad life just hit hard), and it ruled. Very excited, feeling good about the current chemistry.
Bunch of represses coming soon, Self-Titled LP, Moksha LP, and Autarkeia split 7". All on color vinyl, something we haven't done much of.
Recording for all of our new records starts August 19th. Working on all of the material and some covers lately, and its going swimmingly.
July tour with Closet Burner is being booked currently, September West Coast is still in the planning stages, New Zealand/Australia/SE Asia/Japan tour is coming along a bit. Lots happening, can't keep up, as per usual.
We added a show in August, the FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of our dearest friends, FALSE. In Minneapolis, don't miss that one. So wild that it's already been that long since we became best pals with them and Thou. Speaking of those bands, 2017 might have something pretty fucking insane happening, involving them and a couple other close pals... Can't reveal anytime soon, but I promise. FUCKIN STOKED.

Alright, I gotta go. Probably forgetting stuff, sorry. Love y'all much, see you on the road.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Pulp Macabre

Ay! Quick updates!
We scheduled recording time in August. This material will be for multiple splits, with Moloch (UK), Disrotted (Chicago), The World Is A Vampire (NOLA), and Crevasse (Germany/Netherlands). We are writing a bunch, and are working on a lot of different ideas for making all of the material unique. Very excited.
We are touring with our Appleton pals FERALS in June 1st - 12th, out to 71 Grind Fest, down to Texas and back. Then Discontent fest late June. Then Florida tour in July (is that a bad idea due to heat? Should we go to west coast in July then FL in september? email thoughts to please and thanks). Then West Coast in September. Then New Zealand/Australia/SE Asia/Japan in Nov/Dec with our pals Skelptarsis. LOTS OF SHIT HAPPENING HOLY FUCK.
For our North American booking now, contact .
More updates and news and email answerings when I have time. Pick up the new SEVEN INCHES TO FREEDOM #13. It's good.
Scroll down for some pics of the weekend and little tour write up thingy.

Sorry, will find photo credits soon.

Last weekend was killer. Thanks to everyone involved. And thanks to my Mom, my sister, and my partner all for coming along for the first couple days. Fun times!
Most every band we played with ripped at every show (the lineup of the Brooklyn show was FUCKING RIDICULOUS and everyone slayed so fucking hard), great to hang with and meet so many awesome folks, old and new friends.

The whole weekend actually started out pretty wonky though. We were running behind of course. The Pittsburgh venue changed kinda last minute (for no apparent reason), and the new venue ended up being DIRECTLY next door to a police department. I mean, the parking in front of the venue where we loaded was literally "police parking only". By the end of the show, there were at least 15 cop cars parked all around, cops with AR-15s, the works. I was really confused during this entire gig. The last time we were going to play Pittsburgh with Pig Destroyer and Full of Hell, we dropped the show due to Black Lives Matter protesters boycotting (rightfully so) the venue because of racist shit the promoter/owner had been spouting online. The same person who contacted us and gave us all the info which ultimately fueled our decision to drop, was the same person who set us up with this gig. I fail to see how that is a safe space, or is in any way OK to have a punk show there, let alone the cognitive dissonance between boycotting one venue in solidarity with BLM, but then supporting and spending time at another one with tons of police activity around... I dunno. Then we were rushed as fuck and our set got cut in half because the venue closed at 10, local band played a long set right before us, etc. Just weird. Thanks to the few folks who DID come out and watch our short set. Next time we are in Pittsburgh hopefully will be a lot smoother.

Brooklyn show was one of the best shows I've ever been too, let alone played. Music Hall of Williamsburg is a great venue with a ton of awesome folks working there. Full of Hell were absolutely devastating. Basically a free-jazz-noise-death metal set. Dropdead were so fucking powerful to watch (I'd never seen them yet, so glad to finally). Mother Brain are some of my new favorite folks and a killer grind unit. And then PD of course were fantastic. Super nasty sounding. The ignorance level of the crowd reached a pretty awful crescendo at some points, but folks seemed to be having a blast so more power to em. I brought my mom onstage to watch PD, so rad.
Stayed with bff Brandt who is now doing Hexagram Booking. Drank too much cheap booze until the wee hours, and ate some yummy eggplant/tofu concoctions. Thanks bb.

ABC No Rio gig ruled, Hell Mary are a great band with really nice folks in it. We missed Soul Glo but get to catch them in June. One of our bffs Jonia joined us in the van for a bit but then decided to stay behind in NY. Unfortunately we had to split to make it to Baltimore somewhat on-time for show number two, at which Dave (another bff, van driver/merch slanger) was yelled at by multiple cops at once for parking in a city spot, I dunno. Baltimore gig ruled, got to hang with Dan SPHC at his beautiful home. Sorry for the late as fuck drunkenness bubby.

DC was killer. Every band had at least one woman, which is super important and needs to happen far more often. Thanks for putting the show together Hasan. Bidet has one of the coolest/nastiest shirts ever (knife up the vape daddy anus, beautiful). Gouge Away rules. There was some weird pit beef during our set, which I didn't see happen. Madison told everyone to chill. Cool.
We stayed with another BFF and vegan warrior Rachel. We all bought too many records and books in Baltimore and DC (Dave and Brandon got a bunch in NY too, silly), then ate some of the best pizza ever.
Then drove to Columbus super late to the show, which lasted until forever in the morning, we got covered in mud, then drove home and got back at like 9AM (Brandon even later?). Then work and kids and stuff. Exhausting. One of those "Why the fuck am I still doing this?" nights.
That happens often. I love punk. It's important. And it's important to me.
But also, sometimes it sucks. It's basically like paying for an internship, that will probably never actually payoff monetarily, but you get to live life and do a lot of cool things and meet great people, so you do it anyways. PUNK INTERNS FTW.
But really though. Expensive, draining, lots of pain and anxiety interspersed with moments of euphoria and enlightenment. Punk sounds/feels like a drug addiction. I'm sure the parallel has been drawn many times, I'm just feeling it more than ever now. The duality of trying to remain creative, driven and somewhat dangerous to the status quo, while trying to enjoy life and spend time with friends and family without constantly being broke and miserable and antagonistic towards "the system" and what not. Ranting now, sorry.
Cheers & love,
Whiskey Dad

Friday, February 5, 2016

Fallen From Grace

Last weekend was so good. Horribly painful, physically. But that didn't matter, because it felt so wonderful to be back playing again after six months. The shows ripped. Friendships were strengthened. Good times. Now I just gotta get back into fucking shape, because that weekend hurt. Haha. Lots of awesome stuff coming up. Shows, records, new help with booking, etc.

2016 So Far:

Jan 28th @ The Firehouse in Grand Rapids, MI w/ Dakhma, Boddicker, Great Reversals, Discarnate -
Jan 29/30th Fall From Grace Fest @ Quarters & Frank's Power Plant in Milwaukee, WI. We play day two at Frank's - &
Jan 31st @ Walter Planet in Chicago, IL with Sick/Tired, Sea of Shit, Hate -

Feb 21st @ Marble Bar in Detroit, MI w/ Bell Witch and Wrekmeister Harmonies -
March 2nd PREserker Fest @ Small's in Detroit, MI -

March 10th - Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA
March 11th @ Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY w/ Pig Destroyer, Dropdead, Full of Hell, Mother Brain -
March 12th @ ABC No Rio in Manhattan, NY (Matinee) with Gouge Away, Soul Glo, Hell Mary -
March 12th @ Sidebar in Baltimore, MD with Noisem, Sangharsha, Sunrot, Inertia, Musket Hawk -
March 13th @ The Pinch in Washington D.C. with Gouge Away, Claw, Wet Brain, Bidet -
March 14th - Cleveland, OH @ TBA

April 9th @ Trumbullplex in Detroit, MI w/ Closet Burner and Social Werq -

April 21st - London / Kitchener, ON
April 22nd - Montreal, QC @ TBA
April 23rd - Quebec City, QC
April 24th - Toronto, ON @ D-Beatstro

May 28th - Cincinnati, OH

Summer Tour TBA -
June 1st -
June 2nd -
June 3rd/4th - 71 Grind Fest in Colorado Springs, CO -
June 5th -
June 6th -
June 7th -
June 8th -
June 9th -
June 10th -
June 11th -
June 12th -

June 26th - Peoria, IL