New band of the day: Rats On Rafts

Rats On Rafts

Money Man – Rats On Rafts by rtvrijnmond

Rats On Rafts are this amazing new band coming out of Holland.

I know we featured Rats On Rafts last month but they are so good we are putting them out agin.

They are touring the UK this month.

Sheffield, Plug – 19 January 2012

Leeds, Brudenell Social Club – 20 January 2012

Manchester, Gulliver’s – 21 January 2012

London, Upstairs at the Garage – 23 January 2012

Skinny white boys with an encyclopedic knowledge of the underground that is far more in depth than it should be for a youth gang; they are going to be massive in the UK in 2012. Referencing the Fire Engines, The Ex, Franz Ferdiand and Death To Trad Rock, Teardrop Explodes and The Bunnymen in one song and yet sounding pure and original – the band are at the top of their game.

So convinced of their brilliance, Louder Than War will be releasing their single on the new Louder Than War Record label in March.

Here is a review we did of them last spring…

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New band: Rats On Rafts : Great new Dutch band who are going to make a big impression in 2012

There has always been a great underground scene in Holland. From The Ex and the great coterie of bands that worked on the same circuit as them like Grrr, Revenge of Carrots, Zowiso and De Kift (who are still going and have developed into this amazing band who do on stage plays and sound like some sort of story telling Tom Waits type of experience) as well as on the other side of the coin Eton Crop.
Playing the Subroutine Cares Festival, an independent showcase event, outside of Unconvention, Eurosonic and the official program, Rotterdam band Rats On Rafts are young so these grand old names of the Dutch squat underground from the early eighties must mean nothing to them but they very much exist in that post punk spirit.

Not so much in the punk clank and grind of their forefathers- they are more into the Echo And The Bunnymen/Teardrop Explodes end of the spectrum- the great north west UK psychedelics.

They do it really well and update the template into 2011. They also know the best periods to immerse themselves in and work the early Peel session period of their Liverpool heroes. They also enthuse about the Stone Roses, Swell Maps and The Fire Engines and have some of the genius Scottish bands wild energy in their songs mashed in with a twist of Syd Barrett.
It’s tough, psychedelic pop driven by a hard bass sound and some great melodies. If only John Peel was still alive today they would be doing a session for him next week.

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  2. […] 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. […]


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