Rat Boy makes a flying start to 2019 with his new track ‘Don’t Hesitate’. ‘DON’T HESITATE’ features on Rat Boy’s second album Internationally Unknown, out on January 25, produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong.
‘Don’t Hesitate’is the perfect primer for what to expect from Internationally Unknown. Rat Boy has found the perfect blend of anthemic, aggro punk with boisterous hip-hop beats, all the while maintaining the personality and attitude that first earned him attention. Meanwhile, the lyrics explore a conflict between outlaws and the police during a post-apocalyptic disorder.
“We listened to some old funk records then we went into the live room and tried making our own and I was playing bongos on it at the start,” recalls Rat Boy. “Liam Haygarth’s playing one of those short-scaled ukulele basses, they have plastic strings so the bass in it sounds crazy. When I went back to England, I had had this drum pack of weird reggae breaks and drum hits. I chopped it up and kind of wanted to go for a weird Rebel MC ‘Street Tuff’ vibe. Tim and I put a sort of Run DMC stabby guitar in which I think really worked.”