by Becca Jones
To Be Like I is the début EP from Leeds based four piece China Rats. Taking their influence from classic pop and British guitar bands, the sound is very high summer and seems to cry out for sitting in the park enjoying a beer with friends.
China Rats formed in 2011 and the release of To Be Like I comes after a hail of exposure from radio stations all over the country. Huw Stevens (BBC Radio 1) and Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) have become fans, whilst China Rats enjoyed a week on Radio 1’s ‘Introducing’ playlist with possible new single N.O.M.O.N.E.Y.
Musically, the simple riffs and catchy lyrics of To Be Like I go together perfectly, with lead singer Graeme Thomson’s vocal style a clear homage to the indie scene of the ’90’s. The video is equally simple and effective, shots of the band walking through local neighbourhoods and singing along. Some interesting special effects on the film make it feel very raw and fresh.
Although the word simplicity immediately comes to mind with this song, it is a definite case of ‘less is more’. The music has a very familiar, indie punk feel, but without any pretensions or overacting. The slight taste of 50’s rock n roll that bleeds through the vocals adds to the purity of the sound. China Rats have developed a unique, exciting style in a scene over saturated with similarly inspired musicians.
To Be Like I was released on 30th April, and was written, recorded and produced by the band.