Article by KevW
Quite often, the references and descriptions you find in bands' press releases need to be taken with a pinch of salt, after all they are only self-publicity or put there by a PR company or label. That's not the case with Portland, Oregon's Patsy's Rats. The cited comparisons of such legendary powerpop groups as The Go-Gos, The Runaways and The Nerves are spot-on when describing the sound these guys make, and it's heavily influenced by punkish rock music from the '70s and early '80s. Their self-titled EP was released Stateside late last year and hits the UK this week.
Lead-track 'Rock 'n' Roll Friend' has a squalling guitar intro that could be from a classic rock band of that era, but then they switch to a chugging riff as the high-energy rhythm section create a driving powerpop monster. Throw a naggingly addictive chorus into the mix and you have yourself a winner. Patsy's Rats will surely continue building their fanbase with music as insatiable as this. Songs don't come much more vibrant, energetic and hungry.
Patsy's Rats' website
Buy: 'Patsy's Rats EP'.
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