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LUCY AND THE RATS: London Pop Punks Share New Video - "Melody" | Dirty Water Records

LUCY AND THE RATS is the new band from now London based singer/guitarist Lucy Spazzy, formerly one third of Australian punksters The SpazzysOnce settled in London in 2015, she set about assembling a new band being “bored of playing at home by herself”, subsequently linking up with guitarist Joe To Lose (Los Perros, Johnny Throttle), bassist Mike Cannibal (Animal Cannibal), and drummer Manu (Thee Tumbitas). A pair of ear grabbing singles followed as the band made a stir on the live scene in the Capitol, in turn nationally and all over the world sharing stages with the likes of Buzzcocks and Paul Collins along the way. Produced by Johnny Casino and Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Dirtbombs), their first album is an inescapable tap on the shoulder of the broadest attention and recognition, a sweet sounding proposition so so easy to run off with.

According to Louder Than War: "Melody brims with hope and optimism at opening your eyes and letting your senses drown in new sights and sounds. The melodies and harmonies are bathed in a glowing sun and it is perhaps the poppiest of all the tracks".

Recent Press:

"On their debut album, Lucy And The Rats have created a near-perfect bubblegum-garage pop record that deserves to be a true summer soundtrack." -Louder Than War

"This full-length debut from Lucy and the Rats is pretty much the ultimate power pop record. It's got that hard crunch on the outside with a soft, sweet center. You can land on any track of your choosing and encounter a melody you'll be whistling for days." Faster and Louder

The band’s self-titled debut comes with ten songs and all of them shine brightly with big hooks, jangly guitar lines and the kind of choruses that will be stuck in your mind after just one listen. A big part of the band’s appeal has to be attributed to Lucy’s vocals, delicate and powerful at the same time. Think Blondie, The Primitives, The Darling Buds or – more recently – Best Coast. - Punk Rock Theory

The spiky garage rock up-and-at-em attitude transmits throughout the record, hearing echoes of everyone from The Pretenders to The Divinyls -Pure Rawk

"Fresh and inspiring breath within both pop and punk, indeed rock ’n’ roll we have been yearning for. "Ringmaster Review


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The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club's name is derived from The Standells' 1966 hit 'Dirty Water' which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.

Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, Country Teasers, Black Lips, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers, The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The's, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original '60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.

Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.


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