UK's China Rats Debut 'Nip It In The Bud' Track

UK's China Rats Debut 'Nip It In The Bud' Track

England's China Rats are ready to come over to America for SXSW with a buzz they've created in Europe. After having released only three tracks, they're coming over to our shores with a fourth song "Nip It In The Bud". NYLON Magazine revealed the single today and you can grab a download HERE for a limited time.

Recorded over a weekend last November, "Nip It In The Bud" was produced by the band with UK producer Hugh Worskett and mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro, Pixies amongst others). The track is a two and a half 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."

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 and 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 and quickly earned the attention of BBC Radio 1's champion of new bands Huw Stephens as well as a flurry of European radio support. As well as "To Be Like I" Stephens also fell for the band's song "N.O.M.O.N.E.Y" and a demo of the song was playlisted on the BBC Introducing List on BBC Radio 1 less than a year after the band formed.

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

China Rats Live @ SXSW:
Thu 3/14: Beautiful Buzzz Party @ The Brew Exchange (706 W 6th) @ 3:30pm
Thu 3/14: The British Music Embassy @ Latitude 30 (512 San Jacinto) @ 5:50pm
Fri 3/15: The British Music Embassy (Official) @ Latitude 30 (512 San Jacinto) @ 10pm

More SXSW to be announced...

China Rats are:
Graeme Thomson - Lead Vocals / Guitar
Luke Smith - Lead Guitar / Vocals
Jedidiah Allcock - Bass / Vocals
George Riley - Drums

Photo Credit: Mathieu Drouet