Party Hardly - 'Rats In The Kitchen'

Party Hardly are ones to watch out for – especially you old bastards!

‘Rats in the Kitchen’ is the second single released ahead of Party Hardly’s upcoming EP ‘Modern Strife is Snobbish’ – and what a track. Party Hardly have gone from the jangle of previous single ‘The Hopskotch Man’ to an indie punk banger in ‘Rats In The Kitchen’. The intro is comparable to IDLES driving and fast-paced blast of fury, and the guitar solos are IDLES-esque too with long ferocious notes followed by a quirky yet simple melody then pure hard-hitting rock n’ roll licks. However, the verse and chorus sections lean more towards a surf-punk vibe in the vocal hooks and the instrumentation, in particular the drums. The vocals themselves have a Gang of Four feel with the singing and melody, but there is an obvious British accent coming through. Put all of this together, and ‘Rats in the Kitchen’ is just pure punk rock fury and attack.

Speaking of attack, the song is a “metaphor for the demonization of young people by older generations”. Party Hardly pack a punch lyrically and musically that sticks two fingers up at these demonizers. Fuck ‘em!

Words of Matthew Brocklehurst