Review: Rat Boy, Zibra, and Trash @ The Bodega – Nottingham

They may have been a little late through sound check, but by the time Trash were rearing to go, a nice queue of people had begun flooding into Nottingham’s Bodega to catch some of those sleazy trashy anthems the band have been churning out at a steady pace. If you’re into care free noisy pop, Trash are definitely worth a listen.

Zibra had the pleasure of warming up a rather busy crowd as Rat Boy lurked around in the background taking a few fan photos whilst trying to glimpse some of the London trio. With wavering synth beats and nifty guitar melodies, Zibra’s ‘Great White Shark’ subtly warmed those in a room as the temperature continued to rise.

Rat Boy themselves have gathered a reputation for some pretty raucous gigs, however nothing could have prepared myself for the frenzy they brought to The Bodega. As soon as the Essex lad made his way on stage and kicked off, the room erupted, and with each new arrival and break into those pent up aggressive choruses the room jumped and bounced in excitement and blissful ignorance. The Bodega is only a small box venue by any standards and for those sipping pints in the pub below it must have surely sounded like one hell of a riot. The floor shook and bounced along with the crowd, who were letting loose all and everything they had.

Singing about losing his job in wetherspoons through ‘Sign On’, it’s easy to fall into the hustle and bustle of Jordan Cardy’s life which has somewhat picked up since his first mixtape release. Listening to the entire room shout “won’t be long before I sign on” the noisy guitar riffs and odd reverb splurges aren’t the only thing that inject life into the room, as he carelessly throws water and his mic into the crowd through an grunge worthy burst of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’.

Closing with ‘FAKE ID’, everyone used their last ounces of energy to give Rat Boy a proper send off. If you’ve listened to this latest release and found yourself drawn in by its cocky and arrogant charm, it only gains ferocity live.


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Review and Photos by Jacob Flannery |

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