Posts Tagged ‘Rats For Rafts’

The band swear spiritual allegiance to the Rotterdam’s New Wave, Pop and Punk scenes with one proviso, the weirder the better. Rats have been together for a few years and, after boring themselves into finally getting good, they embarked on a phase which is slowly seeing them recognized as something a bit special by their own countrymen.

The third album from Dutch punk-laced noiseniks adds new maturity and a conceptual feel that pulls the extremes of their sound together. A psyche-fuelled journey into the id punctuated with rhythmic kabuki modal mood swings, thunderstorms, digital beeps, traffic noise, and just plain old beautiful cacophonous reverb-drenched sound when needed.

The ‘third chapter’ refers to the last five years that the Dutch band have spent creating their “difficult” third album. Each song spins a yarn; there are plagues, dreams, wind and fire, ‘mythical’ characters, and the search for the secret government warehouse. Lead single, “Tokyo Music Experience”, resonates with a conveyor belt-propelled modal guitar, reflecting the halcyon days of Japanese super-productivity; a mesmerising mantra, infected with news bulletin on-the-hour bleeps underlining its time-sensitive nature; a pristine super-commercial anthem to drive loyalty and reinforce solidarity with the party!

Having been described as creating “underground noise with a bracing, warped pop appeal” (Mojo), their new album is a coming-of-age post-classic with a unique worldview – inspired by Van Dyke Parks (Song Cycle) Scott Walker (3 & 4), Moondog (Elpmas), White Noise (An Electric Storm) and Beach Boys (Smile).

If their previous effort (Tape Hiss) was their very own sketch of a sketch for an incomplete concept album, a noisy reaction to their previous life, then ‘Excerpts From Chapter 3..’, with all its interlaced intricacies, is the realisation of their transition from punk-spiked-pop to psyche-pop protagonists.
Evolving, testing, infectious… Rats on Rafts’ upcoming album is called Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths, a title as labyrinthine as the music meticulously recorded by this iconic Rotterdam post-punk quartet. The record resonates like a living painting in which motifs disappear and return like characters in a puppet show. Music so immersive and unique, it was more than worth the half-decade wait.

Releases January 29th, 2021

“One of the great contemporary European rock bands” Louder Than War
“Recalling Brix-era Fall at their most-pop leaning” ★★★★½ Uncut
Rats On Rafts have that same righteous fire that makes A Silver Mt. Zion so compelling.” Norman Records
“A mélange of The Fall circa Container Drivers and Motorpsycho suggesting a very angry Go-Team” Mojo
“Animated by a myriad of experiences over the years, fashioning this modern new wave collection of gems imbued with the experimental 80’s, Scott Walker, reverb-soaked guitars and pop culture.” Narc
“A record that I – even though it’s very early in the year – will pencil in the top 3 of albums of the year”