DEBUT SINGLE ‘SIGN ON’ IMPACTS JUNE 1ST
RELEASED ON HOMETOWN RECORDS
Available to stream below
ANNOUNCES DEBUT UK AUTUMN TOUR
After building an underground following with his self-released debut EP ‘The Mixtape’ and touring as guest to Circa Waves, Rat Boy – AKA teenage producer / writer / multi-instrumentalist Jordan Cardy – will release his debut single ‘Sign On’ which impacts on June1st, via Hometown Records. ‘Sign On’ is available to purchase here: http://smarturl.it/SignOn.
‘Sign On’ is a state-of-the-nation anthem for those who have also experienced similar tales of lost jobs, empty bank accounts and being “young, dumb and living off mum.” Sonically, ‘Sign On’ is contrastingly uplifting as it mixes an anarchic sense of melody with ramshackle beats and Rat Boy’s character-fuelled raps.
Rat Boy co-produced ‘Sign On’ alongside Gorillaz producer James Dring. The single’s artwork is by Rat Boy himself, inspired by the likes of skateboarding artist Mark Gonzales and Snoop Dogg associate Darryl “Joe Cool” Daniels.
The single is indicative of Rat Boy’s style, in which his home-grown rhymes paint a lyrical dissertation of suburban Britain. TheChelmsford resident observes the society around him and encapsulates his environment in songs which flow with wit and caustic disparagement. He’s firmly within the storytelling lineage of Britain’s great lyricists who represent some of his greatest influences: IanDury, The Clash, Squeeze, Blur and The Streets.
After leaving art school and being fired from his job in Wetherspoons, Rat Boy found solace in music and taught himself Logic on his mum’s computer. The result was ‘The Mixtape’ which distilled his small-town tales into three minute mash-ups of hip-hop and indie topped with his half-rapped, half-hollered Essex vocal tones. Rat Boy performs almost everything – vocals, bass, keys and production – throughout its five riotous tracks.
Following the tour support with Circa Waves, Rat Boy has announced a string of festival performances and summer dates. He will also be heading out on his first ever debut UK headline tour in September / October 2015 where he will play 15 intimate dates up and down the country.
27th May Dublin Castle (Headline), London
23rd June Sound Control Bar Basement, Manchester
12th July Brownstock Festival, Essex
24th July Boston Music Room, London
29th & 30th August Reading and Leeds Festival
13th Sept Bestival
16th Sept Bodega, Nottingham
17th Sept King Tuts, Glasgow
18th Sept Studio 2, Liverpool
19th Sept The Wardrobe, Leeds
22nd Sept The Library, Skelmersdale
23rd Sept The Sugarmill, Stoke
24th Sept The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
25th Sept The Cookie Jar, Leicester
27th Sept Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
28th Sept The Boileroom, Guildford
29th Sept Dingwalls, London
30th Sept The Joiners, Southampton
1st Oct The Exchange, Bristol
2nd Oct Mono, Falmouth
3rd Oct The Mill Arts & Events Centre, Rayleigh