Considering the name of this site, you would probably think that I was a bit closed minded about music. You would probably think I was one of those guys who went crazy at the latest Britney release, and hid in a corner as soon as the guitars came out. I'd like to point out that's a load of crap. I'd like people to stop making that assumption.
A band that recently popped up on my VARIED, musical spectrum was these lads that go by the name of "China Rats". They have elements of garage rock that would probably put them on a pedestal next to The Vaccines, but they also know their way round a catchy melody better than most pop acts that I know. I had a chat with the band, and they were kind enough to answer some questions for us. So, let's see what they had to say...
Hey guys, thanks for taking the time to talk to us here at Popshade! Why don't you tell people a bit about who you are and what you do?
We're China Rats and we're from Leeds. We're coming to the end of our summer festival run and our new EP 'Don't Play With Fire' will be out at the end of September.
How would you describe your sound?
Die hard on speed!
Who are your biggest influences, and how have they affected your own material?
A range of stuff really. We've always been into bands like The Clash, The Cramps and The Ramones. I guess that's where we get some of our uptempo songs from. We wanted to write stuff that we could jump around to. We're all really into Leonard Cohen, he's a lyrical genius. Some of the deeper material on the EP is probably influenced by him.
We love the new track "Deadbeat", where did the concept of the song come from?
Deadbeat is about that feeling you get sometime's when nothing seem's worth the hassle when you feel like everything that's happening around you is of little significance or benefit to you, you could just slip away unnoticed and no one would care.
We noticed on your Facebook page, you've teased a video that''s been 15 months in the making? Care to explain?
We can't quite give it away just yet but our friend Richard Swarbrick is an incredible director and animator. He's been spending the last year or so on this video (amongst other projects of course) and it's been totally worth it. It involves a load of coins and it's so sick.
What can people expect if they come down to one of your shows?
Burst ear drums.
And finally, where can your new fans find you?
We have an October tour around the UK that we are dead excited about. Starting with a home show at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds and finishing at the Sebright Arms in London. Here are the dates:
1 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
2 Nottingham Bodega
3 Bristol Louisiana
4 Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
5 Liverpool Korova
6 Leicester Lock 42
7 Brighton Green Door Store
8 London Sebright Arms
I'd like to thank the lads for taking the time to answer these questions!
Well, there you have it. When a band describe themselves as "Die Hard on speed", you know they've got to be awesome. They've got an undeniable way with a melody, but still all the grit that good ol' fashioned rock and roll has. I love their stuff.
If you, like me enjoy the lads material, then pop over to their iTunes. Support good music people!