Beginnings and first album, Ratatat (2001–2005)
Evan Mast and Mike Stroud first met as students at Skidmore College. When they started working together in 2001, recording several songs under the name "Cherry", Stroud had previously toured with Dashboard Confessional in 2000.
In the following year, Ratatat supported the band Interpol on their tour. Mike Stroud stepped down as touring member of Ben Kweller's band after two years of touring and after appearing on the 2004 album, On My Way. Having signed for XL Recordings, Ratatat released their self-titled debut album, Ratatat and the single "Germany to Germany". The album was written and recorded in Mast's Crown Heights, Brooklyn flat on his laptop. It is entirely instrumental with the exception of vocal excerpts at the beginning and end of select tracks.
Second album, Classics (2006–2008)
On 22 August 2006, Ratatat released their second album entitled Classics on XL Recordings.
On October 6, 2006, Ratatat became the first band to perform a public show inside the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
On October 10, 2006, a new demo album from Ratatat titled 9 Beats was leaked online. This set of tracks doesn't appear on any official discography listings. 9 Beats wasn't an official album, the tracks consist of short instrumental electronic musical pieces and demos for their next mixtape. In 2007, this release was followed by their second volume of remixed tracks, Ratatat Remixes Vol. 2.
From June 2007 until October 2008, Ratatat had Martin Bonventre accompany them on their European tour and Fall shows in America as the pianist/synthesizer player. Bonventre drew much attention due to his erratic dance movements on stage. The reason for him leaving the performance is unknown.
Third album, LP3 (2008–2009)
Leading up to the release of Ratatat's third album LP3 on 8 July 2008, their official website showed the videos of the three first singles. "Shiller", "Shempi" and then "Mirando" have all been released (or announced) on 7" or 12" singles. "Shiller", the first to be released, featured a special b-side, the track "Mahalo" which was later additionally included on the fourth album, LP4.
Ratatat contributed two songs to Man on the Moon: The End of Day, the debut album by alternative rapper Kid Cudi, released September 15, 2009. They performed together on Late Show with David Letterman on September 11, 2009. The two songs are produced in the similar electronic style Ratatat is known for; those titled "Alive" and "Pursuit Of Happiness" featuring MGMT.
Fourth album, LP4 (2010–2014)
According to Mike Stroud in an interview with Paste Magazine released on August 4, 2009, "most of [LP4] was recorded throughout the same studio sessions that yielded LP3". Ratatat's fourth album, LP4, was released on June 8, 2010, via XL Recordings.
In 2010, Ratatat supported Vampire Weekend on their UK tour at The Brighton Centre and Alexandra Palace. Meanwhile, their song Neckbrace was used in the ski film "The Way I See It" by Matchstick Productions. In 2011, their track "Mirando" was used in Prada's SS2011 ad campaign.
On September 29, 2012 past collaborator Kid Cudi confirmed that Ratatat would be featured and producing on his upcoming third studio album Indicud, however the collaboration didn't make the final cut after Kid Cudi decided to produce the whole album by himself, with the exception of an additional production by Hit-Boy on the track "Red Eye" featuring Haim.
Fifth album, Magnifique (2015–present)
The band played Coachella Festival and Governor's Ball Music Festival in 2015. They debuted their new song "Cream On Chrome" just a few hours before their night-ending Coachella set on April 11, 2015. The band additionally played a concert in Pomona, California on April 15, 2015, and at Primavera Sound in Barcelona in May.
In May 2015, the band announced that their fifth album, Magnifique, would be released on July 17, 2015, and feature a cover of the 1971 Springwater single "I Will Return".
The first single from the album, the track "Cream on Chrome", was voted number 52 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2015 held in January 2016. This is their second appearance on the annual countdown run by the Australian radio station, after featuring on Kid Cudi's "Pursuit of Happiness", which polled 33rd in the 2009 countdown.
Ratatat's live performances bear strong similarities to the performances of the psychedelic rock bands out of San Francisco in the 1960s, with energetic light shows, swirling colours projected onto a screen, and clips of movies thrown in. Evan Mast creates and edits the videos that are projected on the screen. Many of them are included on their YouTube account.
|Ratatat||April 20, 2004||XL Recordings|
|Ratatat Remixes Vol. 1||2004||Self-released|
|Classics||August 22, 2006||XL Recordings|
|Ratatat Remixes Vol. 2||2007||Self-released|
|LP3||July 8, 2008||XL Recordings|
|LP4||June 8, 2010||XL Recordings|
|Magnifique||July 17, 2015||Because Music (Europe)|
XL Recordings (US)
|"Seventeen Years"||Ratatat||2003||Rex Records, Audio Dregs|
|"Cherry"||October 4, 2004||XL Recordings|
|"Wildcat"||Classics||July 25, 2006|
|"Lex"||October 30, 2006|
|"Shiller"||LP3||May 6, 2008|
|"Mirando" (video clip)||June 2008|
|"Shempi"||September 23, 2008|
|"Mirando" (single)||February 3, 2009|
|"Party with Children"||LP4||2010|
|"Cream on Chrome"||Magnifique||April 11, 2015|
|"Abrasive"||June 16, 2015|
|"Nightclub Amnesia"||July 2, 2015|
- Featured in
|2005||Shout Out Louds||"The Comeback" (Big Slippa Remix by Ratatat)|
|2006||The Knife||"We Share Our Mothers' Health" (Ratatat Remix)|
|Biz Markie||"Vapors" (Remix by Ratatat)|
|2007||Television Personalities||"You Kept Me Waiting Too Long" (Ratatat Remix)|
|2008||Björk||"Wanderlust" (Ratatat Remix)|
|The Notorious B.I.G.||"Party and Bullshit" (Ratatat Remix)|