Liverpool’s RATS today (18.11.21) release their new single ‘Patsy Decline’ . The track marks the first release on new music champions THIS FEELING’s new record label, the aptly titled, This Feeling Records – a game changing new kid on the scene, launched in partnership Katie Gwyther and with Warner Music Group’s, ADA Label Services.

Founder of This Feeling, Mikey Johns has said of his venture;

It’s beyond amazing to have a label at last, after eight years of slogging around the country, we now have a real opportunity to give bands the chance to compete on the same level as their idols. I grew up listening to tiny bands on DIY Labels and I know how much it means to have full support of a label behind a release. That’s what This Feeling Records is all about, putting the power back into the band’s hands, and levelling up competition with the big boys ‘n’ girls, so we can make a difference at all levels.”

So what of the coveted first release on This Feeling Records, well, if you want high octane rock combined with delightful melodies then RATS could quite possibly be your new favourite band! They combine punk rock energy inspired by the likes of The Clash with classic melodies of a Britpop-era Blur and the psychedelic edge of Pink Floyd with indie-rap rhymes inspired by Eminem.

The band consists of four childhood friends that met on the streets of Liverpool and who are now no doubt destined for the elusive “big time”! And where did they get their unusual name from you may ask? Well front man Joe enlightens us;

“Somebody sprayed it on our old studio door after a party where there was an argument and that’s when I first saw it as a name haha!”

RATS songs are a lyrical kitchen sink commentary on modern society telling tales of drama, joy, anger, sadness and beyond. They really come into their own however when they perform live. Critics and fans alike credit them with sounding “record perfect” and to spine tingling effect.

The brand new single ‘Patsy Decline’ immediately bursts into life with an insistent, spiralling riff that revitalises the indie anthem tradition. Frontman Joe Maddocks’ mixes a touch of Jamie T’s cadence with elements of Mike Skinner’s observational wordplay as he captures the chaos and confusion of an epic night out in which it inevitably ends with ‘Patsy’ drunkenly singing ‘There She Goes’, in a taxi.

Speaking of the new single, Joe says,

“We wrote this song to try to encapsulate what happens when we go out on a night out in our hometown of Liverpool – enjoy!”

Listen to ‘Patsy Decline’ here now

The song was recorded at Liverpool’s renowned Parr Street Studios with producer Chris Taylor (The Lathums, Blossoms) and was mastered by Christian Wright at Abbey Road.

RATS have just finished supporting the DMA’S on their UK tour, which saw the band taking another step into the right direction and making this year even more unforgettable, it included a huge sold out date at Alexandra Palace, London, a Liverpool arena appearance & 2 sold out Leeds Academy dates. RATS also continued with their own headline tour which finishes in Scotland next month.

Tickets for all upcoming RATS gigs can be found here


NOVEMBER19th – Old Blue Last supporting DMA’S


7th – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s (SOLD OUT) 

8th – Dundee, Beat Generator





Words The Songbird HQ

Photo credit Kramvisuals