Ratatat is a New York City electronic music duo: guitarist Mike Stroud and synthesizer driver and producer Evan Mast.
Stroud and Mast originally met as students at Skidmore College, but did not work together musically until 2001, when their project was named Cherry (later the name of their final song in their debut album). Written and recorded in the bedroom of Mast's Crown Heights, Brooklyn apartment, the band's debut album Ratatat for XL Recordings was released in 2004. This album is entirely instrumental, except for occasional excerpts of dialogue at the beginning and end of some tracks. Ratatat has toured with bands such as Interpol, Clinic and The Killers.
The band started out on the independent label Rex Records, on which they released their first single, Seventeen Years. They then released that single again, but on Evan and his brother's record label Audio Dregs. They then signed for XL Recordings, releasing their debut album, and the single Germany to Germany. Ratatat occasionally remix other artists' songs, most notably on their limited 2004 release Ratatat Mixtape Vol. 1, which garnered the attention of Rolling Stone...
|Background||group or band|
|Origin||New York City|
|Years active||2001 - present|
|First album||Seventeen Years (Song)|
|Latest album||Ratatat Mixtape Vol. 1|
|Notable albums||Ratatat (album)|
|Notable songs||Seventeen Years (Song)|