Ratboy Jr. is a Kindie band (independent kids music) from the Hudson Valley in New York. NY. Singer and guitarist Timmy and multi-tasker extraordinaire Matty (he plays drums and keyboards at the same time!) are a rocking duo for all ages, a band for the whole fam. Adults often say, “Hey! We love your music just as much as the kids do!” So, Ratboy Jr. plays music for kids, adults, and everyone in between. They have a knack for blurring the lines and pushing the boundaries between kids music and adults music so that it becomes EVERYONE’S music. They can be found playing all over the country from the Mountain Jam festival to a farmers Market selling jam.
Ratboy Jr. has recently released their third full length album, Hamster Pants. Recorded by grammy winning producer and good friend, Dean Jones at No Parking Studios. Hamster Pants is another fun and creative collection of songs for the whole family. They are joined by an amazing cast of characters including Marco Benevento (piano, keys, synths) and Tim's wife Cat and son Elliott. The majority of the electric Guitar and bass on this new album were played by Timmy and Mattys old bandmates from their very first band together, Lost in the Sauce. They are thrilled to reunite with Geoff Gersh and Jay Brunka for this album.
The two-man rock band performs its catchy (and often improvised) tunes with a side of onstage banter to break up the music. They have opened for the Levon Helm Band and have played at such festivals as Mountain Jam (NY), Top of the Park (MI), The Green River Festival (MA), The LEAF Festival (NC), Clearwater Festival (NY), Strange Creek (NY), Winter Hoot (NY), etc. In addition to festivals, Ratboy Jr can be found playing or leading workshops at schools, libraries, fairs, parties, farmers markets, etc. They also have played at such venues as Symphony Space (NYC), CBGB’s Gallery (NYC), World Cafe Live (PA), Bearsville Theater (NY), etc. They were honored to be chosen to play with a handful of bands including Dan Zanes at an annual conference for kid’s music that was located at BAM in Brooklyn.
Ratboy Jr.'s second album, Champions Of The Universe, was on many year end “best of” lists and won awards such as the Parent's Choice Fun Stuff award. They were on the top 10 list for several weeks on Kids Place Live (XM satellite) and on the Top Ten Kids Corner countdown(WXPN). Their music has received airplay on radio stations across the country and has been streaming on sites and apps like Spotify. Their music can be found at Itunes, CDbaby, Amazon, etc. and their playful music videos are on Youtube.
Ratboy Jr. has been very fortunate to receive a lot of recognition from the press including Scholastic Magazine. Heres what others had to say:
“Ratboy Jr. makes the kind of music that adults enjoy too. It’s creative, clever and it’s just good music.” Kids Almanac
“Ratboy Jr's intergalactic folk music is paired with curious subject matter like eating clouds, high five-ing shadows, big-headed Mexican wrestling hopefuls, space fuzz, and a guitar pickin' chickens. Out With The Kids
“In this oddly appealing assortment of nonsensical songs, it's clear that Timmy Sutton and Matty Senzatimore make songs from anything and everything that happens in their day. With an economy of words, this CD of straight from the heart songs is a musical thought track in the head of a curious playful six year old boy.?” Parents Choice Award
“Ratboy Jr. at first sounds simple -- but once you listen a little, you realize that simplicity is deceptive. Loping and good natured, it's goofy stuff that will make you smile and will probably make your kids crack up.” Spare the Rock
“Champions of the Universe is a goodie bag of fun filled with clever lyrics, creative storytelling, entertaining rhymes and humorous riddles. Each song invites listeners on a journey to explore artful and abstract scenarios that aim to nurture a child’s imagination.” Kids can Groove
“Ratboy Jr. rock it hard with the hip sensibilities of the coolest indie garage-influenced bands. To get a quick aural snapshot, imagine R.E.M., Lou Reed, Weezer, Cake, Beastie Boys, etc. singing about monsters, backyard camping, breakfast, upside down worlds, puppets, and eating clouds. Yeah, it’s pretty wild stuff!” AXS
"How to Eat A Cloud" by Ratboy Jr. I think we can all agree that cloud juice is best for hydration. But before you squeeze it, why not eat it?” Kids Place Live
"Ratboy Jr. should be the official Kindie rock summer soundtrack" Nugget Island
“If Calvin & Hobbes had a soundtrack, this would be it. Ratboy Jr’s new album, Smorgasbord, has a classic rock sound with just enough mischief thrown in for good measure” Boston Children's Music review
"Charmingly ragged harmonies, warm brass, and a slightly jammy aesthetic all add up to a wonderfully down-to-earth listening experience that manages to feel as expansive as any Phish record while keeping every song under four minutes" Dadnabbit
“This CD sparkles with the duo’s songwriting wit. “Bill” is a rock song, literally. It’s about a rock. “How to Eat a Cloud” (“first: make sure you’re allowed”) and the title tale about La Cabeza Grande’s quest to be a wrestler mix musical depth with silliness. “Pretend Your Hand’s a Puppet” is a bouncing rocker. It’s a wonderful CD, beautifully produced by Dog on Fleas’ Dean Jones” Kids Corner /WXPN