Release date: May 25, 2018
Format : Digital and vinyl
Label: Monster Zero, Co Released with StarDumb Records and Surfin’ Ki Records
- Lucy Ellis: Vocals & Bass
- Mike Cannibal: Guitar
- J Tolosa: Guitar
- M Santons: Drums
Our Favorite Track(s) : Pills, Girl and Can’t Surf
Sounds Like : B-52’s, Dick Dale and the Del-Tones, Go -Go’s, Surfaris
Being from Colorado I sometimes forget what it’s like to walk along the beach. The smell of the water and sand in between your toes. In truth I haven’t been to the beach since 2009, when I visited Laguna Beach on holiday. I have always admired the sounds of southern California, “Surf Music” as some people call it. Musical legends like the Beach Boys, Dick Dale, Surfaris, and the Ventures created a genre, still alive and kicking today. It created cheesy movies like “Beach Party” and “Gidget”. It lost its mass popularity to the British Invasion.
The indie surfer music scene has become very strong over the last 10 years. Bands like Bleached, Bombón, The Frights, and King Shelter have helped pushed surf music back into the limelight. Although one could say many rockabilly bands often mix in surf as well. This leads me into Lucy and The Rats. This band deserves your weekly download!
Lucy and The Rat’s recently snuck into CPRA, with their new self titled album. They ate all our cheese and are currently surfing in our dishwasher. Let’s get some background on these fashionable rats. Lucy Spazzy formerly of Australia’s The Spazzy’s, moved to England a few years back. There she met some new band mates and formed Lucy And The Rats. I’m now proud to say a huge Spazzy fan as well.
Lucy’s new band, Lucy and The Rats have taken a full 180 degree turn from the Spazzy’s brand and sound. Their experimental sound of grunge, punk and surf blend well in this amazing album. She took her Australian born surf music to the UK. I really enjoyed the song, “Pills”. The song led me into somewhat of relaxed daydream daze. It would pair well with a nice indica if you know what I mean. The vocals are haunting and rich.
I also enjoyed, “Girl”. The song is currently extremely popular in Spain. I can definitely see some Rockabilly guys gals enjoying this song. I really enjoyed the guitar riff and smooth melody. It reminded me of Duane Eddy & the Rebelettes. My favorite track is by far, “Can’t Surf”. With an upbeat tempo, great drums, and sweet guitar solo. This song will have you, as the Mama’s and Papa’s coined it “California Dreamin”.
Lucy and the Rat’s are tapping into a new genre for the former Spazzy. Overall this album is amazing and a blast to sit back and listen to. The melodies sound pure and heartfelt. The album masterfully pieces 1960’s surf with today’s indie sound. So take our advice and hit that download link below! Also be sure to checkout Monster Zero Records. Monster Zero is signing some pretty fucking awesome bands!