2015’s self confessed scum, RAT BOY, has finally dropped debut album after releasing several singles documenting a wild, teenage lifestyle over the past couple of years.
Breakthrough single, Sign On, features on the aptly named SCUM. It has, however, been polished into a well crafted jingle with the catchy choruses chanting “it won’t be long before I sign on,” which thousands of teenagers have belted out in venues all over the country.
Revolution is a track with important messages wrapped in clubby, bass laden explorations of sound. Belting out “I was alright ’til they took me off my medication, started slagging off my generation,” is something that many of his target demographic can relate to and quite frankly ever since Jordan Cardy burst onto the scene via touring with The 1975, NME and playing endless festivals he has attempted to get down with the common fan.
Streetwear merch, slagging off school and work, riding motorcycles on stage and hanging out after shows have resulted in Scum being one of the most highly anticipated records in recent years. Of course, critics will continue to lazily compare Rat Boy to Jamie T, and without delving into this record with an open mind you can make those assumptions.
But it is the likes of the opening gospel-esque harmonies of Boiling Point that will make people stand back and realise that Rat Boy are here and demanding to be approached in their own right. For a debut full length, there is a lot packed in, but the ambition to succeed and recreate the hype that surrounded Rat Boy in 2015 is certainly to be admired.