Rat Kangaroo

Rat Kangaroo is a Melbourne based band comprised of Mark Tallon (vocals/occasional electronics), Andrew Garton (Keyboards/guitar/electronics/ backing vocal) and Chip Wardale (bass guitar/rhythm programming/backing vocal). Formed in 2017.

Rat Kangaroo at Red Betty, Brunswick, Melbourne 2018. Image by David Nerlich.


The music is best described as post punk groove, and is very much a collaborative effort. Most songs originate with arrangements of bass guitar grooves and programmed drums, then progress to guitar or keys layers once the music gets aired in our rehearsal space. Ideas can be developed in isolation from there, and exchanged via file sharing, until the next gathering where they often morph yet again.

Lyrics are written by Mark, following ideas conceived or improvised in the rehearsal studio.

Rat Kangaroo has to date released two 4 song EPs. The first, EP01 is a rocking post punk collection representing a fairly traditional form (Out Of Mind, Weight Of The Head, Stress In The Jaw, Trash Radio), whereas the second , EP02 has a more industrial mood accentuated by electronic percussion sounds and a darker undertone (Freaks In The Drain, Crack O’ Doom, The Ballad Of King Kong, The Downfall). These two EPs can be streamed and acquired via the Bandcamp Site.

. Rat Kangaroo EP01 at Bandcamp Rat Kangaroo EP02 at Bandcamp

Rat Kangaroo make DIY music video.

Stress In The Jaw V1, and Out Of Mind V1 by Chip Wardale