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Formed in 2011, China Rats are a four piece rock ‘n’ roll band from Leeds, UK, inspired by a love of punk, 50’s pop and the best British guitar bands. Sounding like a beautiful mixture of The Sex Pistols and The Four Seasons, they are possibly the most refreshing and catchy band I’ve heard in a long time. Their single “Fly Solo” is the perfect summer song – it’s bright, rocky and very, very catchy- from its first line down to the end, you will be singing along and tapping your feet.

Beginning with a very rocky guitar solo by Lead Guitarist, Luke Smith, it made me instantly think of the early albums of Blondie or Bon Jovi, and that’s not a bad thing at all. A particular guitar solo near the end of the song especially made me think of Slash from Guns ‘n’ Roses, a comparison I hope does not weigh to heavily on Smith’s shoulders.

Graeme Thompson is one of the better vocalists to have come out of the indie scene in the past few years, and he really knows how to hold a note and rock and roll. I’ve followed indie music for quite a while, and I think China Rats and Thompson are definitely going to go somewhere.

“Fly Solo” is a festival favourite and is a mainstay in their live set. I myself first heard it at Live at Leeds, where it gained a very enthusiastic response from the festival crowd.

Overall, with the weather as it is, I’d say this is definitely a song you’ll want on your iPod. It’ll make you feel warm and fuzzy inside as you think of the summers of yesteryear, when the days were warmer, the sun brighter and the world just seemed so much better.

China Rats are currently toiling away in the studio on their new EP, due for release in September.

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John Quigley

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