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John Blek & The Rats announce the release of their second album, ‘Borders’

An album that captures the band shaking any ramshackle beginnings and committing to tape a mature collection of new songs with a cohesive sonic richness, that embrace a fuller, fuzzier sound while striking a balance between experimentation and the tunefulness for which they have become known.

This is the sound of John Blek & The Rats exploring their own musical chemistry, a band evolving, breaking down barriers and crossing new ‘Borders’.

Following the critical success of their first album 'Leave Your Love At The Door', the Ireland based alternative folk group were eager to dispel any notions of 'the difficult second album' and decamped to the studio in-between tour dates. They enlisted the services of producer/ engineer Christian Best of Monique Studios in their home town of Cork city where they wrote, recorded and mixed the tracks for their new album between winter '14 and spring '15.

John explains: "Having spent a few years playing together we wanted to progress and evolve our sound with this album. The writing was very intuitive, these songs came together quite quickly, with the band featuring more prominently than previous recordings. Lyrically, I wanted to explore the contrasts of light and dark, examine the notions of right and wrong; to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed."

'Borders' was released on CD / Vinyl and all digital platforms through the bands own imprint - We Are Rats Recordings (WARR) - in Ireland on Friday 18th September.

Having also inked a licensing deal the album was released and distributed  throughout Germany, Belgium , Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland through Tonetoaster Records  on Friday 30th October.

★ ★ ★ ★
While their debut made good currency out of leanings, these nine tracks are more cohesive and mature, A band on the up. 4 Stars
— The Irish Times
Poetic, powerful and oftentimes haunting. . . The band’s best and most complex album yet .
— Irish Echo (U.S.A)
John Blek & The Rats combine their country sound with wonderful melodies, moving music that retains its timelessness and emotional effectiveness as it transcends the boundaries of region and genre. It takes hold of you from the very beginning and doesn’t let you go. 10/10.
Defiantly knocking on the door of major international breakthrough with their Americana rock sound fused with perfectly crafted songs
— Evening Echo (IRL)
— Tom Dunne - Newstalk Radio