Dune Rats formed in Brisbane, Australia during 2011 when two stoner buds, guitarist/vocalist Danny Beausa and drummer BC Michaels, decided to make a bunch of lunkheaded punk noise together.
They played shows with various friends roped in to play bass and released a couple of EPs, Sexy Beach and Social Atoms, during their first year together. They continued a steady stream of live shows and singles over the next two years, releasing "Fuck It" in 2012 and "Red Light Green Light" in 2013, while the Smile EP also came out that year. By this point, Brett Jansch, a member of fellow Brisbane group Bleeding Knees Club, had become a fixture on bass. Dune Rats recorded their self-titled debut album in 2014, releasing it on their own Ratbag Records imprint. The stripped-down, party-time punk sound connected with fans in Australia, leading to the band getting slots at prime festivals, including Laneway in 2015. Their second album, The Kids Will Know It's Bullshit, was produced by FIDLAR's Zac Carper and opted for the same no-nonsense, all-fun approach. It was released on Ratbag in early 2017. ~ Tim Sendra, Rovi