In a new segment we are running at All Music Magazine UK/Europe we will be spotlighting some of the bands and artists that we think are going to get people talking in the next 12 months; bands and artists we think you should check out to stay ahead of the curve.
And first band that we recommend you check out are RATS – a band I had the pleasure of seeing at The Invisible Wind Factory on 21st February 2020. This was the last show I saw before the pandemic hit and we got locked down, then it all ground to a halt.
This is what I thought off them at the time
“Rats play infectious guitar driven indie pop, the stuff that makes your feet move and you just have to sing along too at the top of your lungs. Singer Joe Maddocks has a great voice reminiscent of DMA’S front man Tommy O’Dell, but with a Liverpudlian accent. His voice fits the band perfectly, singing songs about love and growing up in Liverpool. Songs like “Figure It Out”, “Jack”, Beauty in Domestcity” and “Dreams” have instant classic stamped all over them; sweet, sweet melodies and big anthemic chorus. I am sure it’s been said before in many reviews about this band and their music, but I am going to say it again, this band are going to have a massive year and if they don’t I will be demanding to know why”
So, with all that said we at All Music Magazine decided we would have a little chat with them, see where they came from, what they have been up to about what their plans for the future are.
Firstly, who are Rats?
They are four Liverpool lads in the form of Joe Maddocks, Harry Maitland, Michael Duncalf and Sam Taylor. Here is how they describe themselves as;
“A scruffy blast of direct and anthemic indie that’s as infectious as it is heartfelt.”
Due to lockdown, face to face interviews are a not permitted so email was the medium of choice.
What is the story behind your name?
Every member of this band has left another band for this one, so we thought we would beat them to it and call ourselves “RATS” before anyone else does.
What first got you into music?
Who inspired you to all make music?
John Lennon, Nas, Oasis, and Bob Marley.
How did you all meet?
The Shewsy Youth Club
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
What is your creative process like?
Throw enough shit and some of it will stick.
If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?
What is one message you would give to your fans?
We miss you! Can’t wait to get back out there and take over every town and city in the country!
What is the most useless talent you all have?
At the minute… Being in a band! We need to get back out gigging ASAP.
Do you sing in the shower? And what songs?
“It’s not Unusual” by Tom Jones, “You To Me Are Everything” by the Real Thing, “Here Comes The Sun” by the Beatles.
What would you be doing now if it wasn’t for your music career?
Where have you performed and what are your favourite/least favourite venues?
Favourite venue Invisible Wind Factory, we have been quite lucky to be honest, we have loved every place we have played… so far!!
What is your favourite song to perform?
Which famous musicians do you admire?
Got to love Liam Gallagher at the minute keeping it real, big fans of the DMA’s, and Anderson Paak is heavy.
What’s the most trouble you’ve ever got into?
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
The only person you are in competition with is yourself.
What’s next for you?
No spoilers, just keep an eye on our socials.
My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.