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The upcoming release from Son of the Velvet Rat, Dorado, rides through the dusty California desert with haunting folk noir melodies.  (Paste Magazine)

“SotVR's songs are thoughtful with deep rootsy arragements that allow for flexible flourishes from the players." (FolkWorld, #47, UK/Germany)

„Herzzerreißende Songs zwischen US-Folkrock und Chansons“  (Christian Schachinger, der standard)

"There is a deep and soulful purity to their music. Georg is not just a lyricist.  He is a songwriter’s songwriter. There is a haunting beauty in each and every song that stimulates intrigue."   (Ester Sanchez, Coachella Valley Weekly)

„Das ist hier alles so innig und berührend und von einer solch unantastbaren Würde, dass man weinen möchte vor lauter Zustimmung und Bewegtheit" (Fritz Ostermayer, Fm4)

"There’s a band from Austria of all places who we heard here. It’s a husband and wife team called Son of the Velvet Rat. He’s got this great sexy, gravelly voice. He reminds me of that a little bit – this Dylanesque thing. It’s beautiful melodies and sort of this Nick Drake, Mark Lanegan kind of thing. I freaked out when I saw them at this little place called the Hotel Cafe. " (Lucinda Williams, stereo subversion)

„Velvet Rat’s sound is where punk rock, folk tunes, and French chansons intersect.” (Maggie Downs, Palm Springs Life)

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SON OF THE VELVET RAT is the project of Austrian Songwriter Georg Altziebler together with his wife Heike Binder on organ and accordion. After years of finding inspiration in the California desert, SotVR chose in 2013 to leave behind their impressive band history in Austria, with 5 albums to their credit, and make their home in Joshua Tree. This new endeavor finds the two commuting between the anonymous wasteland of Los Angeles and the fierce but fragile beauty of the high desert, reinventing their creative sphere in a completely different artistic environment. There’s a certain strangeness in their music and sound, with its origins woven deeply in the cultural heritage of the European folk-noir and chanson traditions, and it certainly strikes a chord in all who know the grounding force of gravity and still like to dance on the tightrope.

Alongside this latest album creation with Joe Henry, the band catalogue includes collaborations with other luminaries such as Lucinda Williams  and former Wilco drummer Ken Coomer. Peter Jesperson, former producer & manager of The Replacements, put it aptly: “... beautiful and somber music, their lyrics are pure poetry.”

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SON OF THE VELVET RAT  ist das Projekt des österreichischen Songwriters Georg Altziebler. Seine mittlerweile 5 Alben und diverse Mini-Lps erhielten nicht nur hierzulande außergewöhnliche Kritiken - auch international genießt der Mann aus Graz einen hervorragenden Ruf.

Das neue Album 'Dorado' wurde unter der Regie von Joe Henry produziert und erscheint am 17. Februar 2017 auf Fluff&Gravy/Mint400. Zusammenarbeiten mit Ken Coomer (Ex-Wilco), Kristof Hahn (Swans), Richard Pappik (Element of Crime) oder Alt-Country-Queen Lucinda Williams belegen zudem SotVR's internationalen Ruf. Peter Jesperson (Ex-Manager The Replacements) zu SotVR: „Beautiful and somber music, their lyrics are pure poetry.“

Seit einigen Jahren lebt und arbeitet Altziebler den überwiegenden Teil des Jahres in der kalifornischen Wüste bei Joshua Tree.

Live ist SotVR in verschiedenen Besetzungen zu sehen und zu hören: Solo, im Duo mit Keyboarderin Heike Binder und als full band mit Muck Willmann (A)  oder Joel Patterson (US) am Schlagzeug, Albrecht Klinger (A) / Eric Mc Cann (US) am Bass, Kolja Radenkovic (A)  an Trompete, Flügelhorn oder Gitarre und Gar Robertson (US) an Gitarre, Lapsteel und Mandoline. Nicht nur die verschiedenen Besetzungen garantieren spannende Live-Performances, tatsächlich verändern die Songs ständig Sound und Atmosphäre. Vor allem im Quintett changiert die Band zwischen fragilem Neo-Folk-Chanson und rauem Garage-Rock.