SON OF THE VELVET RAT  is the solo-endeavor of Georg Altziebler  - at times shared with his wife Heike Binder - who, together left their home town of Graz, Austria and the cloistered safety of the Continent for the endless highway of America, finally settling along the edge of California's Mojave Desert in Joshua Tree in 2013.

Situated at the vanguard of Euro-Folk Noir, their songs build on the cabaret traditions of Old World masters like Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel and Fabrizio De Andre, now fused with the dark Old Testament prophecy and Kabbalistic visions conjured by Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan. The result, as realized on their 2017 U.S. debut Dorado, is like some exotic desert fruit of indeterminate provenance -  equal parts ragged glory and brooding noir, the crepuscular glow of the violet horizon and blood pooled on a motel bathroom floor -  all delivered in, what accidental fan Lucinda Williams who caught their set one night at the Hotel Café in Hollywood calls, Georg’s “great sexy-gravelly voice,” leavened by Heike’s translucent harmonies, like roses circling a tattooed heart.

Paul Cullum                                                          



Die Alben „The Late Show“ (2018, Live) und „Dorado“ (2017) zeigen SON OF THE VELVET RAT auf einem Niveau, das einen, ohne zu erröten, von „Zaubermusik“ sprechen lässt. Georg Altziebler zelebriert das 2003 begonnene „working in song“: Die Human Condition schnippt mit dem Finger, der ewige Blues klingt ebenso durch wie seelentiefe europäische Chanson Tradition.

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

Rainer Krispel