HOUSE OF THE DEAD RAT
I was going to write a long piece about how much this space has meant to me, but Christine basically nailed it.
We have hosted an assortment of events at the house and used it as a center point for a lot of grass roots ideas and I’ve watched ideas manifest into a million things, that house was truly magically and I am sad to see it go. I wish I could post all the photos in my mind and all the great things that happened within and because of this house.
—For those of you familiar with House of the Dead Rat:
Yesterday afternoon we received a 60-day notice to move out. One of the owners has recently passed and the family representatives are selling the property for good.
It’s very sad considering those who’ve occupied this house for the past five years have spent some formative and important times here. At least on my behalf, House of the Dead Rat has changed my life forever. This place has cultivated a unique chosen family, been a safe space for pain and healing of all kinds, housed many wonderful out-of-town friends and touring bands, and hosted a multitude of amazing shows and events, so many in fact, it’s overwhelming to recount all of them right now.
It’s walls have seen the start of many important bands, relationships and friendships in my life and nurtured Think and Die Thinking (something that has been pricelessly important to me and to many other people). Its housed some of the best pet friends and companions ever.
I am forever in debt and in awe of the time I’ve spent in this place and what it has done to my life. It is something I won’t ever forget, something that will probably take me a lifetime to process and cherish.
Suffice to say, we are looking for housing in San Jose, preferably something very similar to House of the Dead Rat (although we know nothing could ever take it’s place). We are urging people to keep an eye out and just
know we are kinda overwhelmed and might be until we know we can get settled into a new place. However, we are also very fortunately to have each other right now and a vast support network of great individuals.
We are also hoping to have a HotDR commemoration party! Maybe we can all share our collective memories of this beautiful place before we say goodbye.—