The Rat Motel first appeared in 2016 as a collective dream sustained by brothers Seth and Clayton Peacock. After a speedy and unanimous decision to drop the undeniably pretentious article “The,” Rat Motel quickly became a staple of the Columbus, Ohio DIY scene with their massive dual-cylinder live sets and catchy buzz rock songs. They have since partially relocated to Brooklyn but in fall of 2022 hosted the first annual RATFEST in Columbus. Fan favorite “Dog” is featured in the film “Poser” (released last summer out of Oscilloscope Labs) and their debut studio album “The Rat Motel” (the “The” had to come back somehow) was released in summer 2023. It’s a dizzying peek into a tangled underworld of stories and dreams, using the blunt force of their live show to graft intricately satisfying songwriting onto carefully orchestrated darkness that would make Nick Cave proud. 


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     Rat Motel emerged with astounding elegance and ease for a structure of its size. When Old Man Winkle retired to the master suite for the last time there was a brief but violent power struggle resulting in the ascension of the brothers Peacock. (The rats, though indelibly embittered by this conclusion, were nonetheless satisfied that none of their own had clawed their way to the top.) In a fit of existential dread, unendearing arrogance, and a desperate yearning for eternity, a lofty aspect of the Motel rechristened itself “THE” Rat Motel, though the lower being refuses to carry the pretenses of such a definite article. It is what it is and that is enough. But try as The Rat Motel might to manifest the mad speculation of Zeno, the fact remains that Zeno was wrong. The infinite sum of one half raised to the power of each of the natural numbers is indeed equal to one; the hare will overtake the tortoise; and even THE Rat Motel, which towers below the universe with grinning pride, will one day crumble into THE dust of The Empty Plane with a predictable lack of elegance and ease.

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Phone: 740-307-2372

Touring History

6/4 Nashville, TN @ Two Boots
6/3 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
6/2 Louisville, KY @ Big Rock Park
6/1 Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
5/13 Philadelphia, PA @ The Haven
5/12 New Brunswick, NJ @ The Laundromat
5/11 Brooklyn, NY @ Our Wicked Lady
5/7 East Haven, CT @ The Beeracks
5/6 Brooklyn, NY @ East Williamsburg Econo Lodge
5/5 Albany, NY @ Hudson Station
5/4 Jersey City, NJ @ Pet Shop
5/3 Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
4/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Our Wicked Lady
3/18 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
2/22 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
12/31 New Brunswick, NJ @ The Grander Canyon
12/30 Brooklyn, NY @ Our Wicked Lady
12/29 Jersey City, NJ @ Corgi Spirits
12/28 Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
12/26 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
12/17 Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog
12/16 Louisville, KY @ Kaiju
12/15 Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
12/10 Youngstown, OH @ Westside Bowl
9/18 Cincinnati, OH @ The Motel
9/16 Columbus, OH – RATFEST @ The Summit + Cafe Bourbon St.
9/15 Athens, OH @ The Union
8/20 Philadelphia, PA @ The Crawlspace
8/19 New Brunswick, NJ @ The Grander Canyon
8/18 Paterson, NJ @ Prototype 237
8/17 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
7/17 Brooklyn, NY @ 18th Ward Brewing
7/16 Binghamton, NY @ House Show
7/15 Manhattan, NY @ Heaven Can Wait
7/14 Jersey City, NJ @ Pet Shop
7/9 Columbus, OH @ The Cellar
7/8 Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Tavern
7/2 Brooklyn, NY @ Purgatory
7/1 Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s
6/18 Athens, OH @ The Union
6/17 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
6/11 Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob’s
6/4 Boonton, NJ @ RedHouse
6/3 Brooklyn, NY @ Trans-Pecos
6/2 Jersey City, NJ @ Greenspace Studios
5/21 Cincinnati, OH @ The Motel
4/23 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
4/22 Cincinnati, OH @ Bellevue Park
4/16 Manhattan, NY @ Berlin Under A
4/15 Union City, NJ @ Crave 43
3/19 Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
3/18 Athens, OH @ The Union    
3/12 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire
3/11 New Brunswick, NJ @ Barca City
3/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Our Wicked Lady
2/13 Brooklyn, NY @ TV Eye
2/12 Troy, NY @ No Fun
2/5 Elizabeth, NJ @ The Litterbox
2/4 Philadelphia, PA @ Khyber Pass Pub
1/22 Philadelphia, PA @ Century
1/21 Brooklyn, NY @ Our Wicked Lady
1/15 Columbus, OH @ The Zoo
1/14 Athens, OH @ The Union
12/4 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
12/3 Cincinnati, OH @ The Comet
12/2 Louisville, KY @ Never Say Die Bar
11/28 Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s
11/27 Trenton, NJ @ Mill Hill Saloon
11/26 Manhattan, NY @ Berlin Under A
10/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Our Wicked Lady
10/10 Newport, KY @ Thompson House
10/8 Columbus, OH @ Natalie’s
10/7 Athens, OH @ The Union