King Rat is a gritty, no-bullshit, rock and roll band that came together in 1994. By the time I began my killing spree in 2000, this four-piece had already delivered three, full-length albums to Denver's burgeoning rock community. My awareness of them came soon after, in the form of information about lead singer Luke Schmalz's cock. I knew a woman that had fucked him and was highly complimentary of the size, shape and ability of it. Although female mortals are usually horrible sources of accuracy in describing dick (they think everything is too big), the enthusiasm in her narrative was enough to not only whet my appetite, but spark my interest in what had become Denver's premiere and stalwart voice of punk rock.
However, being a murderous zombie is busy work and after catching a few of their shows, I unintentionally lost track of the band as I got swept away in a killing spree that would carry me through the next 15 years. But King Rat continued playing and releasing album after unflinching album. Lineup changes throughout the years did little to water the band down. Eight full-lengths and one EP later, the group still sounds as believable, relevant and drunk as fuck as they did in the beginning. It's a fact that not only makes the local reverence they've earned well-deserved, but worth celebrating too. And that's exactly what the band has chosen to do with their new, double live album 20 Years And A Million Beers.
A band with such an amazing backstory, deserves a death of equal historic proportions. And so, I invited zombies from bands I've killed, throughout Denver's local music past (Blister66, Rexway, Rogue - and many more), to join me as we hunted down and killed one of the Mile High City's most iconic and hard rocking groups. But before all that occurred, I sat down with Luke (the one with the nice cock) for the following interview. He was every bit as articulate, honest and self-reflective as he is in the lyrics he pens for King Rat's songs. It's a sign of a great artist and acceptable mortal....Read More