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YORKSHIRE RATS – Yorkshire Rats EP Review

YORKSHIRE RATS – Yorkshire Rats EP

yorkshire-ratsUK punkers Yorkshire Rats have announced the release of self-titled EP set for release on Friday 16th June through Northern Ruff Records (the EP is available for pre-order right now from the band’s official website:

The band formed in Pontefract in 2004 and is the brainchild of former Billy No Mates & Abrasive Wheels’ musician Don Mercy. Yorkshire Rats have quickly built up an army of dedicated fans who are attracted to their sound that is in the spirit of the So Cal punk bands such as Social Distortion and Pennywise.

The EP begins with Alone Together where a churning and solid guitar riff underpins a melody infused punk rock effort that leans into the aforementioned SoCal sound that is a little more Bad Religion than Pennywise in my opinion and sounds darn good. Commenting on ‘Alone Together’ vocalist/guitarist, Don Mercy said: “The track is all about the strains of relationships whether that be romantic or political. I guess it’s quite apt with the current political climate and with people seemingly so polarised and at each other’s throats. Musically, I like to think this track shows the faster and more aggressive side of Yorkshire Rats.”

On Where Do I Sign, the band slow things down a notch but do not scrimp on the pop-punk melodies with a chunky Stiff Little Fingers-esque chorus. The third track of the four, No Way Out opens with a pounding drum beat that persists as the vocals sound more L.A. than Leeds and the excellent chorus is a total sing-along party!

The EP closes with Better Days Will Come where the plaintive vocals and softly strummed guitar builds up as the storytelling approach reminded me of Gaslight Anthem in approach. The Yorkshire Rats belt out melodious punk rock that is well written, played and produced – they are well worth a listen.



Yorkshire Rats are:

Don Mercy – Vocals/ Guitar

Matt Lee – Guitar

Josh Clarke – Bass

Chris Furness – Drums





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