In July of 2012 China Rats, an unheard of band from Leeds in the UK, were booked to play the tiny Villa Camp stage at massive European festival BENICASSIM the night before the start of the main festival. The result was an impromptu mosh pit & a festival booker who wished he had booked them for the main festival. Except the following day, Bat For Lashes, who were booked to headline the 2nd Stage, couldn’t make it onto the site and the festival booker had his chance. China Rats stepped up to the plate, bigger mosh pits ensued; it is the stuff of Rock n Roll folklore.

China Rats formed in Leeds in the Summer of 2011, released their debut EP To Be Like I in May of last & quickly earned the attention of music junkies in the UK.

However, it was debut single “To Be Like I” that captured people’s imagination in Europe & led to the band playing tastemaker festival “London Calling” in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) alongside Grimes, Howler, CITIZENS! & Spector before they even had a booking agent & of course Benicassim. More live shows followed at home + in Spain, Germany & The Netherlands as well as appearances at LesTransmusicales (France) & Eurosonic (The Netherlands). 2013 now brings the band’s first US shows at SXSW & a first proper single in “Nip It In The Bud”.

Recorded over a weekend last November, “NIITB” was produced by the band with new UK producer Hugh Worskett & mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro, Pixies amongst others). The track is a 2 1/2 minute blast of early 60’s meets late 70’s garage punk, which is just as likely to give you a bloody nose as put a smile on your face. Graeme from the band says "We wanted to write something that people could swing to like the cats in the 60’s but which was a bit rough round the edges. It’s a bit of a nod to The Sonics as well."

Nip It In The Bud // download

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