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Ratatat performing in 2004
Background information
OriginBrooklyn, New York
GenresIndie pop, electronic rock, house, electronic, dance punk
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar, synthesizer
Years active2001–present
LabelsXL Recordings, Rex Records, Audio Dregs
MembersEvan Mast
Mike Stroud

Ratatat is a Electronic Rock/Electronica duo with guitarist Mike Stroud and synthesizer driver and producer Evan Mast. The two met as collee students in Skidmore, started working together in 2001 under the name Cherry. In 2004 they published their debut album Ratatat which includes songs such as Seventeen Years, Germany to Germany, and Desert Eagle. Following, in 2006, Classics, then LP3, in 2008 was released.

Other works done by Ratatat are single albums and remixes of other musicians. Single albums include Seventeen Years, Germany to Germany, Wildcat, Lex, Loud Pipes, Shiller, Mirando, and Shempi. Their most recent remix album Ratatat Remixes No. 2 featured 14 remixes featuring: Young Buck, T.I, Ludacris, The Notorious B.I.G, Jay Z, Z-Ro, Devin the Dude, Juvenile, Beanie Sigel, Despot, Memphis Bleek, Slim Thug, Bun B, Young Jeezy, Kanye West, Beans, Saigon, and U.G.K.

The band is known for their unique use of eletronica style music that emphasizes guitar towards the front while keeping the beat flow in the background.

Their songs were featured in various media. Some examples would be : Seventeen Years was featured in the 2008 movie Cloverfield. Loud Pipes was featured in the PlayStation game MLB 07: The Show. Dura was used in CSI Season 9, Episode 7 "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda". Montanita was used in Season 2 - Episode 2 of the NBC show Chuck

They have currently gone through their spring 2009 US tour, and their next upcoming show is scheduled to be in Arendal on June 23, 2009.