Periodically, we say on the blog that these are amazing times for indie circuit – the amount of talented artists, great singles and memorable albums is astonishing. But then you hear band like RATS and it hits you with full force. Forget the 90s rock surge or noughties` garage rock triumphs – the real revival of rock scene happens here and now. And we are all to witness it.
We are very happy to sit down with Liverpool`s finest to speak to them about their music, supporting their heroes and being described by the press as a band that you must know.
Ladies and Gents of the indie scene: RATS!
Hello RATS! How are you guys? Please introduce yourselves to the readers of Indieterria!
RATS: Alright! We’re Joe Maddocks (vocals), Mikey Duncalf (lead guitar), Sam Taylor (bass) and Harry Maitland (drums).
Despite the bad PR, rats are one of the most intelligent animals on our planet. They are the masters of survival, family orientated creatures and great pets. What decided that the band took on this particular name? We are also wondering why the name is written in capital letters?
RATS: We were all doing our own thing when our manager found us and decided to put us together, we swerved so many bands to be in this one that we decided to call ourselves RATS before anyone else got the chance to! I think we used capital letters because it looks fucking massive. That’s about it.
The band formed in Liverpool at the end of 2016 but two years later, you have relocated to Suffolk. Are you still based there or are you back in the Pool?
RATS : Nah, we sort of live wherever we land, we’re always travelling and moving about!
You have supported some of the music heavyweights: The Libertines, Space, The Happy Mondays. Tell us, how does it feel to share the stage with your heroes?
RATS: It’s all been a bit mental as our second gig ever was supporting Happy Mondays which was insane. Space were class lads too!
Liverpool Echo described you as one of the bands to watch next to Red Rum Club, Spinn, Circa Waves and She Drew The Gun. That’s some company to keep. How do you feel being tipped as the “next big thing”? Does it invigorates you or puts you under pressure?
RATS: To be spoken about like we are at the moment is crazy. We’ve only been going a year and a half/ 2 years so to have the support and feedback that we’re currently getting is just insane. We’ve been compared to Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and all the rest so it’s just one of those jaw dropping things to hear.
Your debut single “Weekend” came out in 2018 and gathered over 150 000 streams on Spotify. You followed with “Figure It Out” on February 14th this year and quickly broke 10 000 streams. Breaking record after record seems to come easy for you. What can we expect from your next release? Do you have anything in the pipeline?
RATS: We reckon our next single could be the biggest yet! We have a very special guest featuring on the track with us! It’s one of our favourite songs to play so we really hope everyone loves hearing it as much as we’ve enjoyed making it. Our next single is coming this summer! You heard it here first!
Recently RATS have participated in qualifications for inMusic Festival organized by Northern Exposure and ended up in the final six. You had a chance to perform at the legendary venue The Cavern Club. It is a dream of generations of musicians to play that stage and you made it a reality. Being on the same stage as The Beatles must have left an impression.
RATS : Oh aye, amazing venue! Some of us have played there before but it’s always such a moment to walk on that stage!
The summer festival season looks really exciting for you with big gigs booked at Truck Festival, Isle of Wight, Bardfest and Tramlines. Do you have any other appearances booked that you’d like to announce now? Here’s your chance!
RATS: We cannot wait for this summer! We’re headlining the Introducing stage at L37 Festival this year as well! We have another couple to announce but we can’t say anything yet!
UK just celebrated Mental Health Awareness week. As touring artists – what in your opinion should be taken into consideration to make things better for artists?
RATS: Lots actually. Mental health issues are an epidemic in this industry, we think it’s because the industry at the top just want to make money from you instead of trying to protect the craft and creativity. We need to all remember what’s important, if you’re feeling under pressure then it’s IMPORTANT to talk about stuff with your mates or that person who’ll listen y’know.
Last, (in)famous question: let’s say you can get away with the biggest guitar heist of the century. What gear are you nicking and who’s going to miss an axe or two?
RATS : If it’s a heist then the whole lot is goin’!
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Alternatively you can contact the band via email: Harry@wisrrecords.com
Or their management page: https://www.facebook.com/wisrmgmt
We will be eagerly awaiting RATS new single and their summer appearances. Surely this band will make return to Indieterria in the new future and we are adding seeing them live onto our bucket list.
Love good music,