Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Rat Attack

Rat AttackWith a lot of the current music scene being dominated by synthpop and folk rock, one Exeter quartet have burst onto the scene with their own breed of rock and roll. In a recent interview, we caught up with Rat Attack to talk about their debut EP, shiny stuff, and driving through France.

AMBY: Hey guys! How are you all doing and what have you been up to recently?

Rat Attack: We’re all recovering from savage hangovers but apart from that were great! We’ve been practising for tour and writing a banging new song.

AMBY: Your debut EP was released to critical acclaim with Zane Lowe, Matt Stock and Ian Camfield (to name a few) all being outspoken fans of yours. Were you shocked at the response you have had?

Rat Attack: Yeah, considering the fact we released 5 tracks ourselves without a label to promote and distribute. We’ve had such an awesome response from the EP but were aiming bigger and better for the album.

AMBY: Mike- where did you get the inspiration for the sparkly shirt?

Rat Attack: I like shiny stuff. Nothing bad is shiny. I’m having a mirror suit made at the moment. I’ll be like predator!

AMBY: You have toured extensively and had a lot of success whilst still being unsigned. Do you find that being unsigned has helped you in ways you wouldn’t have thought?

Rat Attack: The best thing about being unsigned is we get all the money we make from the EP. We will have a label for the album. It’s just a matter of finding the right one.

AMBY: What is the most bizarre thing that has happened to you on the road?

Rat Attack: Probably can’t tell you the most bizarre thing, but we were driving through France in the mountains for about 8 hours on the most icy roads ever! Our driver was going at like 20 mph the hole way because if the van slipped we were definitely dead.

AMBY: You describe your sound as “party punk”. If you were throwing a party and you were only allowed to invite one person each- dead or alive- who would you HAVE to invite?

Rat Attack: Mike – Rihanna, James – Mila Kunis, Wilson – Macauley Culkin , Charlie – Genghis Kahn

AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to recently?

Rat Attack: Recently I’ve been listening to Kendrick Lamar.

AMBY: How would you describe each other in two words?

Rat Attack: Charlie – Chick Magnet , James – David Beckham, Wilson – True pick

AMBY: What is your favourite song this year?

Rat Attack: My favourite song this year is “Saturday Night Feeling” by us, but no ones going to hear it until next year. Can’t wait to release it!

AMBY: And finally, what is something about Rat Attack that nobody knows?

Rat Attack: Anything you don’t know about us you don’t know for a reason :)

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Thank you Rat Attack, for giving us your answers!

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