Combining elements of 77’punk, post-punk and garage rock, Swedish indie- force Rotten Mind are back with their fourth full length album. With Rat City Dog Boy, Rotten Mind returns to their musical roots while embracing new influences to create an album that sounds both fresh and vintage, making the band appealing to old-school punkers as well as newfound lovers of the scene. Since the release of their critically acclaimed debut “I’m Alone Even With You”, Rotten Mind has played shows in Australia, Germany, France, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, UK, USA, Spain and Czech Republic, and has been recognized in music magazines, blogs and radio stations all over the world.
Consisting of Jakob Arvidsson (guitar/ vocals), Rune Strömbom (bass), Johan Sverredal (guitar) and Victor Nordin (drums), Rotten mind was formed in Uppsala, Sweden in 2015. As one of the four original bands affiliated with Lövely Records, Rotten Mind has released three studio albums; “I’m Alone Even With You” (2015), “Rotten Mind” (2017) and “Fading into Oblivion” (2018). While their latest release flirts heavily with influences from post rock and goth, Rat City Dog Boy takes Rotten mind back to its musical roots, making more space for screaming guitars and fast 4/4 drum beats while maintaining their recognizable melancholic sound - it can in many ways be described as a well balanced mix between their frantic debut and their latest release.
Rat City Dog Boy consists of 11 captivating post-punk tracks pierced by Rotten Minds unique songwriting style and sense for melodies, existing somewhere in the dark wastelands between 80’s UK acts like The Vibrators and US bands such as Christian Death and T.S.O.L. Their fresh and modern contribution to the genre makes Rotten Mind comparable with contemporary acts such as Crusades, Iceage, Radioactivity, Metz and High Tension Wires.
As the title implies, the gloomy yet energetic atmosphere on Rat City Dog Boy is influenced by life in the city. Jakob explains:
“We practically live on the streets, in the bars and in our rehearsal room in Uppsala; the dark and twisted city with a long history of rock music and especially punk. For us, taking inspiration from the nights in Uppsala and putting it on tape was an essential part of writing this album.”
Rat City Dog Boy will be released February 7 through Lövely and will be available on digital and vinyl format.
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