Tobacco Rat, aka Jake Steele, has established himself as one of the most unique and distinct voices in the underground Australian electronic music scene. His eerie tones and industrial textures add a warped and intense context to his beats and melodies, and although he sets his sights on sonically exploring urban decay and experimentation through his music, he’s also very conscious of unleashing pleasing audio attacks on his audience.
His last EP, Component V2.0 featured the singles The Plague and Unearth and Tobacco Rat’s signature slice of darkness. This release from the critically acclaimed producer and performer is the same brain-warping music we’ve come to expect from Tobacco Rat, as he marries his love of brutal beats, walls of reverb, futuristic samples, and that eerie sheen he somehow manages to polish into all his tracks.
"Throw what you thought you knew about bass music into the gutter, because Tobacco Rat’s latest output ‘Snarl’ will propel you into a warped-out world of darkness. In an expertly constructed combination of mind-bending glitches, haunting soundscapes, and as always, heaving bass, ‘Snarl’ shows off Tobacco Rat’s experimental mastery in its peak form."
(Emilie Carmona, Stoney Roads)
This individual sound has landed him praise from Triple J, who have given regular love to ‘SNARL and ‘GANGSTA,’ as well as picking Tobacco Rat as their Listen Out Perth Unearthed winner back in 2016 off the back of his breakout single ‘Infra.’
Tobacco Rat is a project ideally experienced live, where an array of elements comes together for a dynamic and engaging live show. Reactive visuals (tailor-made for the music and controlled onstage by Steele) create an electrifying atmosphere made all the more intriguing with the use of MIDI controllers to trigger samples and FX on-the-go. Tobacco Rat’s infamous stage shows have seen him play the Perth leg of the Listen Out festival twice, Groovin’ the Moo, EMCPlay in Sydney twice, Melbourne Music Week, supporting Empire of the Sun in Los Angeles and the Perth Festival supporting Mogwai. In August he featured on Triple J Mixup with a 1 hour mix which was aired around the country, and the single Snarl was featured on SATURATE Records Mondaze Finest - Vol 6 compilation.
Tobacco Rat kicked off 2019 by releasing the track ‘Mudpool’ on the new collaboration compilation between Saturate and Sleeveless Records and then also supporting State of Mind, The Funk Hunters and A.M.C. within the same week.Tobacco Rat was the WAMi Best Electronic Act (Live) at the 2017 Awards and Best Electronic Track for Trenchtown 2020 (2016) and Infra (2017) at the WAM Song of the Year Awards.