RAT BOY is fast building a reputation as the new voice in a long tradition of witty and politicised British lyricists.
After two mixtapes and the ‘Sign On’ single, RAT BOY’s latest track ‘Fake ID’ is out now –both tracks are firm favourites during his live performances. Check out the ‘Fake ID’ video here:
It’s a three-minute mash-up of scrappy indie-punk energy and boisterous beats, painting a lyrical dissertation of suburban Britain with a stream-of-consciousness. A tale of an outsider who gets mugged after being denied entry to a club, it’s all topped by RAT BOY’s half-rapped, half-hollered home-grown vocal delivery. “Wasteman” is another number that received some solid plays at TicketWeb HQ.
Real name Jordan Cardy, RAT BOY hails from Chelmsford in Essex. At 19 years, he raps/sings, writes, plays (guitar, bass and keys) and produces his own material. The inevitable comparisons with the likes of Ian Drury, Alex Turner and Mike Skinner have been drawn, heralding him as the latest in their lineage and one of the UK’s most exciting new acts.
After checking out his London Dingwalls show in September, DIY professed him as “The wonky voice of disaffected youth, there’s shed loads of potential for this ‘young, dumb, livin’ off mum’ heart throb yet to come”. Gaining many new fans as he played to some of his biggest audiences during festival season, selling out 500 cap venues on his headline tour, RAT BOY’s live performances have been described as a life-affirming rush of barely controlled chaos. A Manchester set was picked as NME’s Gig of the Week. They stated: “Essex indie rapper Jordan Cardy destroys the kitchen at a chaotic house party gig”.
In November, RAT BOY will be playing Hoxton Bar & Kitchen in London and hitting the road again with The 1975 and Circa Waves.
Get tickets for Rat Boy’s upcoming shows right here: www.ticketweb.co.uk/ratboy