Rat the Magnificent are a heady mix of obstinance and oblivion. Think an overlapping of a Venn diagram made up of Jesus Lizard, Sally Bowles, My Bloody Valentine, Slint, Oxbow and Son House and you’re in the right borough.
The power quartet’s cacophony of beguiling yet unnerving fuzz-laced experimental noise rock has earned the group a reputation as a must-see live act, having played with the likes of McLusky, IDLES and Adam Betts.
However, like all strong drinks – the whiskey, the coffee – you need balance in strength. The core trio of Anderson’s open blasted guitar checks primitive tradition and bleeds into Davies’ evangelical bass and Dodridge’s fervent drum rhythms, providing a bed for Anderson to belie his vocals. Dexterous vocals layer often voyeuristic glimpses into both the bands misfortunes and success, backed up by oblique and often deceptively catchy instrumentation.
We’re not saying they ain’t hard work, but nothing comes without that. No one fucks good without sweating.
Perry M. Anderson [Family Manderson, Sunshine Republic, KLLR, Modern Men, JFO]
Ross Davies [Hot Sauce Pony, Modern Men, Brenda, The Feral Text]
Anna Dodridge [Hot Sauce Pony, Family Manderson, JFO, DYWO]
Toshi Kobayashi [Smallgang, Strange Device]
Read more about Rat the Magnificent’s debut album The Body As Pleasure
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