Mer (they/she), known as Premium Rat, is a 29 year old nonbinary songwriter and musician.
They have been playing guitar and writing songs for over 10 years, and singing for over 20 years.
"A singer-songrwriter with punk tendencies", they are invested in using music as a tool
for personal reflection, emotional catharsis, and collective liberation. Their music touches
on a variety of timeless topics such as depression, queer and trans identity, and
the desire to burn all this shit to the ground and build a better world amongst the ashes.
Premium Rat aims to break your heart and put it back together again.
Premium Rat's sound can be loosely defined as alternative rock, taking inspiration from all over.
They are influenced by a myriad of sounds, from the grunge and pop-punk waves of the 90s
and 2000s to the queer and femme-led singer-songwriter, folk, and indie rock movements of today.
Premium Rat released their new single on Friday, January 5th, 2024. Connecticut is the first music
Premium Rat has released since their self-produced debut EP in 2022, Cope, and while the emotional
vulnerability and raw energy are preserved, the growth in arrangement and production are clear.
Premium Rat spent 2023 playing shows primarily around southeast Michigan, cutting their teeth
as a live band and building a following. This latest single is just the beginning for Premium Rat in 2024,
as Mer is hard at work finishing the album Connecticut will feature on. For now, this song serves as an
introduction into what Premium Rat is capable of and Mer’s personal life and politics, which will continue
to feature heavily in future releases. Premium rat is just getting started.