When Jordan Cardy, better known as Rat Boy, first arrived on the scene with ‘Sign On’ – a fast-talking indie delight with an incredibly infectious chorus – comparisons to Jamie T were inevitable. Since his debut record, Scum, however, which heavily resembled Jamie T’s oeuvre, Rat Boy has explored a different avenue which comes to fruition with his latest record, Internationally Unknown. A collaboration with ska-punk legend Tim Armstrong, of Rancid fame, there are times on the record where Rat Boy begins to find his own sonic sound but, on the whole, all this record has done is saturate his own sound.
With festival season well underway, London’s Finsbury Park has become hope to this year’s Community Festival, a day-long event with arguably one of the best line-ups for any indie lover across the entire country this year. As the punters descend onto the burnt-out field, there are sweet tunes being carried in the air and we’re all invited.