You’ve GOT to Hear This: “A Bird In Hand”

Rat AttackA Bird In Hand by Rat Attack

With a lot of the current music scene being dominated by synthpop and a folk rock, one Exeter quartet have burst onto the scene with their own breed of rock and roll. Their unique sound might inspire you to sign up for vocal lessons.

Rat Attack are a British 4 piece who describe their sound as “party punk”- and that is definitely the best way to describe their music! They recently released their EP “RAT ATTACK” on a “name-your-price” basis, a technique I have a lot of respect for. And I have to say; I would be highly surprised if someone didn’t pay for the EP after hearing the opening track, “A Bird In Hand”. This track has everything- a catchy hook, loud guitars, drum solos and a gut busting guitar riff.

The song begins with guitar feedback. Quiet, inviting, drawing you closer. When the intro begins- drum rolls and muted guitars- you almost already now what is about to happen.

Then it starts- the madness, the craziness that is Rat Attack. It’s almost as if the music walks up to you and punches you straight in the face. When the guitar riff begins I would be very impressed if you weren’t already tapping a foot or nodding your head. Lead vocalist Mike Hodges is impressive, using a distorted effect help make the song even more ballsy than it already is. The lyrics used throughout the song are simple and straight to the point. They are easy to sing along to, and that’s what I look for in a good rock song.

The chorus of this song is definitely the most long lasting part. They lyrics “I’ve got you wrapped around my fingers darling” are perfectly structured for a crowd to scream out at the top of their voices. After only listening to the first chorus I was able to sing along to the second chorus as if I had been a devout fan of the band for years! It is definitely one of the catchiest chorus’s I have heard in a long time.

The second verse ensues, not being too different from the last. It’s almost as if the band have written it to give the listener a break before the chorus kicks in for a second time.

The bridge includes the classic build up to a tempo change. Personally I am a fan of this, and you know a crowd could not resist clapping along. Heck, I was clapping along myself listening to it! This bridge follows into the chorus again. I was expecting this to be the end of the song, but Rat Attack completely surprised me with the next part of the song- they included another build up section. Rat Attack were never going to go out quietly with this song, and I think this final build up completely captures what this band is about. They pull you in, asking for more and then totally deliver!

I have listened to their whole EP, and this is by far my favourite track. I’ve heard it being played already on Radio 1, and I can’t help but think that Rat Attack are destined for big things. I for one cannot see them slowing down any time soon, and am waiting anxiously for their next release.

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Matt Thomas, @MattThomasWxm

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