As far as great musical cities go Leeds seems to be one which is consistently looked over, but that may be because the days of producing post-punk greats such as Gang of Four and The Wedding present are long gone. These days, most Leeds bands stall soon after a promising new release – that, or they’re too busy predicting social unrest (See Kaiser Chiefs). China Rats e are the latest young upstarts to hail from the city, and they’ve started with a bang. ‘To Be Like I’ is the eponymous title track from China Rats’ self-produced EP. It bleeds jangly guitars and a pounding drumbeat, yet the vocal melody feels like I’ve heard it all before; Lee Mavers meets Daniel Blumberg of Yuck. In fact, I’d say China Rats share some of the same musical DNA of Yuck, except whereas the latter pay homage to 90s grunge and 50s pop with a defined purpose (and unrefined hair-cuts), China Rats are still finding their feet amongst the vast musical terrain (albeit, with refined haircuts).
Recently they offered faithful listeners a free download of their latest track N.O.M.O.N.E.Y. – another track dripping with overtones of what makes these lads tick – indie, pop, punk. We offer you their earlier release and hope that China Rats live up to their previous hype and charter some unknown territory sooner rather than later.