Son of the Velvet Rat

is creating folk noir, songs, videos, art

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live performances & downloads

$6.50
per month
you're supporting us and you are awesome. thank you. you'll get access to the patreon-only posts (one live performance of a song a month), 10% off any purchase of back catalogue items using an exclusive discount code, and you'll also be DIRECTLY emailed links to keepable/playable downloads (mp3s) of unreleased back-catalogue-songs.
  • patreon only posts - live performances of songs
  • MP3s digital download
  • 10% off any purchase of back catalogue items

behind the scenes / random surprises

$13
per month
you're supporting us a lot here, $10 is really generous. thank you!
you'll get all of the above, plus you'll get random surprises (digital goodies like photos or demos from the vault that never have made it to the light of day, access to first song-sketches, a favorite poem read for you, 'best-seat' reservations for the show in your city, etc.) or behind the scenes material we don't want out in the public (snippets of rehearsals or live recordings, demos of a song we're writing, backstage photos, etc.) we'll share that extra stuff with you every once in a while, but at least once a month ...
And you also get  15% off any purchase of back catalogue items using an exclusive discount code.
  • patreon only posts - live performances of songs
  • MP3s digital download
  • random surprises/behind the scenes
  • 15% off any purchase of back catalogue items

signed art-in-the-mail & guest list

Limited (18 remaining)
$32
per month
wow. your support means a lot to us. ...
we've been thinking about how to delight people who want to support on a higher level and we found it (inspired by others): art-in-the-mail.
this tier will get all of the above AND every once in a while, as a gesture of our gratitude, you can opt-in to receive a piece of physical art in the mail (a polaroid, a few handwritten lines of a song on beautiful paper, an old-school postcard of our collection, a signed setlist, a little drawing or something that was created for a tour or an album, that we print in limited addition, legendary tour flyers, etc.)

You have the option to have the art personalized and signed; the personalization can be for anyone. it’s quite an undertaking to get things signed&shipped (especially when you are here and i am there) so please allow enough time for this one... we love the idea of being able to do this though. you will also get access to the guestlist (of any show) and 20% off any purchase on our webshop using an exclusive discount code.
(Please note that not every appearance we do has a guestlist, i.e. if we are playing a festival. but for headlining shows, we should be able to accommodate everybody). THANK YOU!
  • patreon only posts - live performances of songs
  • MP3s digital download
  • random surprises/behind the scenes
  • 20% off any purchase of back catalogue items
  • personalized & signed art in the mail
  • guest list

About Son of the Velvet Rat

These times are strange for many reasons and for everybody. However, for musicians and performers the challenges that the pandemic brought forth are unprecedented. To make things worse, they are not likely to recede anytime soon.

We went from playing 70 shows in 2018 to only a handful in the past two years, a situation aggravated by the fact that the number of people who were allowed to attend the shows (and usually bought records, books, t-shirts etc.) was severely limited.
As a result, we lost a big chunk of our income and had to rethink our business-model.
We have always been humbled and honored by the fact that many of you have incorporated our songs in your daily lives, for better or worse. It helped keeping our music alive.
Creating songs and sharing them with you all is what we truly love doing. To be able to persevere we ask you now for your support.

Following the example of friends and colleagues like Jolie Holland or Heath Cullen we have set up a Patreon-page. By becoming a patron you will have exclusive access to one live-video performance a month, downloads of unreleased material, demos, work-in-progress mp3s, handwritten lyrics, signed set-lists, and other various finds and snippets that seem to be significant for the creative process. Some tiers on that page will include your name on the guest-list or a back stage pass for your hometown-show, 20% off on merch, art-in-the-mail, or even a songwriting-session. for those of you who are trying their hand at creating music.

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Son of the Velvet Rat is the solo musical endeavor and masked identity of Georg Altziebler – shared with his wife, Heike Binder – who, having left their hometown of Graz, Austria and the cloistered safety of the Continent for the endless highway of America, finally settled 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 André, now fused with the dark Old Testament prophecy and Kabbalistic visions conjured by New World visionaries Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan.

The result is like some exotic desert fruit – equal parts bruised pulp and scarified skin, set off against the crepuscular glow of the violet horizon or blood pooled on the desert floor – all delivered in what accidental fan Lucinda Williams calls Georg’s “great sexy-gravelly voice,” leavened by Heike’s translucent harmonies, like roses circling a tattooed heart. (Paul Cullum)

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