Live review: Minny Pops/Rats On Rafts
post poonk fury from the lowlands...Live review: Minny Pops/Rats On Rafts


A Dutch double header featuring a young band who are heading for the breakthrough and the reformed post punk legends who were once part of the Factory family.

Rats On Rafts have been written about a few times on this site and have now got themselves a following, each song is greeted with a cheer and a mini mosh pit. This is the third time I’ve seen them and they are in first gear. Their songs that combine the manic twin guitar rush of bands like the Fire Engines and other classic post punk outfits has been refined to perfection, their song ‘Moneyman’ is nearly 15 minutes of intertwining, hypnotic shrapnel guitars riding roughshod over the tightest of rhythm sections.

Every song is a blast of brilliantly thought out, instinctive brave new guitar pop, they take the pioneering spirit of post punk and do something 21st century with it. They have a punkish energy and thrilling intelligence. No riff is wasted- when the guitars take off it’s like a rush of pure adrenaline as they cascade through a pile up of brilliant riffing- this is a lean and hungry beat that is going to break big in the UK this year and with a recent session on BBC 6music c/o marc Riley the process has already started

Live review: Minny Pops/Rats On Rafts
post poonk fury from the lowlands...Live review: Minny Pops/Rats On Rafts

Minny Pops frontman Wally van Middendorp formed the band in 1978, taking their name from a primitive Korg drum machine, the Mini Pops. they were signed to Factory Records and played a clutch of shows with Joy Division. Recently reformed for this UK mini tour they are like a glimpse into a brave new future from a long time ago. Dutch old masters they were in at the beginning of everything in the lowlands and their return is a perfect example of how timeless their music was when they made it all those years ago.

Like fellow Factory band, Section 25, they sound like a perfectly realised time capsule as they play- a snapshot of a brave new world that never came and has never dated. Their bass driven melancholia still packs a concise and brooding danger and power and they remain vital. It would a shame if these are their only shows.

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