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LUCY AND THE RATS – ‘Self-Titled’ Album Review


Lucy and the RatsThe debut album from Australian (via London) band Lucy And The Rats was recently released on Monster Zero Records. The ten-track album is full of saccharine pop melodies but there is an underlying menace to the songs. Lucy is from Australian pop punk band, The Spazzys and she relocated to London to team up with a new band, The Rats, to record this one.

The album opens with, Pills, a 1950’s style pop song with a DIY ethic and prominent tambourine but it is the sweet vocals from Lucy that dominate the track as the garage punk lead guitar grows in presence. On Make You Mine I’m reminded of the One Little Indian band, The Popinjays, as the female vocals bring to mind the Motown groups of the 1960s and the pace kicks up a notch on Lose My Mind where the guitar lick has an Undertones feel.

So Simple is the longest song on the album clocking in at just over three and a half minutes and has an indie-rock feel imbibed with some 1960s garage rock influence whilst Melody really punched things up with a more aggressive beat supporting the melodious vocals.

Lucy And The Rats continue to pump out danceable rhythms on Night Comes and slow things down to produce a Weezer style cruncher on the excellent Fall. The pounding bass intro to Hold On Me sets up a pop-punk churner with a singalong chorus that encapsulates the vibe that Lucy And The Rats strive for throughout with accessible melodies, laid back music but with an edge that threatens to break out at any point.

The penultimate song is Girl and there is a Pixies like approach with a rhythmic approach and Kim Deal style vocal and the album concludes with the, ahem, surf punk style, Can’t Surf with a foot-tapping beat and fun lyrics all supported by some fun guitar work.

This one is more pop than punk with hints of garage and indie rock – it’s great fun, a great listen and you can get it here:




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