Dune Rats second album The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit, debuted at Number One in 2017 on the ARIA Album chart, was triple j’s feature album upon release and was nominated for the 2017 ARIA for Rock Album of the Year. Four songs from the album placed in triple j’s Hottest 100 between 2016 and 2017. The single ‘Scott Green’ was nominated for Rock Work of the Year at the 2018 APRA awards and was also recently certified Gold by ARIA.
Boasting a raw, raucous energy and party punk anthems, Dune Rats are best known for their live show. The band have had countless sold-out national headline tours, a 40 plus stop tour of North America and Europe, and regular appearances on the Australian festival circuit, including Splendour In The Grass, Falls, Laneway, Sydney City Limits, Spilt Milk, The Drop, Vanfest and Yours & Owls.
Heath Johns, BMG Australia’s Managing Director, said, “It’s no secret that the Dune Rats were the hottest free agents in Australia and their decision to sign with BMG marks a critical moment for our young company. We look forward to helping them make a career-defining record and taking the band to the world’s largest stages, which is exactly where they belong”.
Dune Rats said, “Bloody stoked to join the team at BMG and to release some new music in 2019!”.
Matty Woo, Dune Rats manager, added, “Really excited to be working with BMG, both here in Australia and around the world, for the next Dune Rats chapter. I have spent a lot of time already with the Australian team and getting to know the global teams, and it just feels so good knowing how energised and invested everyone is about the next stage for Dunies. The future is looking bright!”.
Dune Rats join a BMG Australia recorded roster recently buoyed by two consecutive Top 10 ARIA debuts for fellow Australian rock bands The Living End and Dead Letter Circus, and Top 10 ARIA debuts for international signings Nick Cave and A Perfect Circle. Dune Rats join an international recordings roster that includes Blink 182, The Prodigy, At The Drive In, Bloc Party, White Lies, Alt-J, Rejjie Snow, A Perfect Circle, Andy Grammer, Of Mice & Men and Chief Keef.