Born in the blistering heat and surf of Western Australia, Ratking are emerging as one of the most exciting hardcore bands around. In just a handful of years, the five-piece have released an impressive discography. Now, on the precipice of their first Japanese tour, Ratking are releasing ‘SERF‘ – an EP of their most engaging, formidable material yet.

Since day one, Ratking have worked tirelessly. Their debut release, 2013’s ‘Wastelander‘ was an introduction free of ambiguity. Pummelling at any tempo, the EP carved out a unique foxhole from which the band have been attacking ever since.

Growing in skill and confidence, the band released their debut album ‘Commonwealth‘ the following year – heavier and more menacing than their debut, setting Ratking on a focused trajectory towards international recognition.

But if ‘Commonwealth‘ was a testament to what they could achieve, ‘SERF‘ is an insight into just how this band is growing. Led by singles ‘Vote4Me‘ and ‘GottaLight?‘, ‘SERF‘ draws upon elements of punk, hardcore and thrash, produced by Matthew Templeman (Make Them Suffer, Statues).

While hardcore is undoubtedly a universal language, Ratking’s dialect is distinctly Australian. Amidst the relentlessness of their music is a laid-back charm that comes from a life lived by the beach. Unbeknownst to the world, Ratking have been readying themselves to tour every corner of the planet, and ‘SERF‘ is the siren that heralds the impending invasion.

They launch the release live on Saturday February 17th at Hell Hole (Opening Night) – 7 Old Aberdeen Place, West Perth with Candy Guts, Giant Dwarf, Population Control, Rainbow of Dope, Ray Finkle.

Listen to the EP below.