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Rat Boy Unveils Video For New Single Don't Hesitate Ahead Of 'Internationally Unknown' Release

Tuesday, 08 January 2019 Written by Jon Stickler

Rat Boy has kicked off 2019 with the release of a new track.

Don't Hesitate will feature on his upcoming second album, 'Internationally Unknown', which is produced by Tim Armstrong and out on January 25 via Parlophone and Armstrong’s Hellcat Records.

The song is peak Rat Boy, with scuzzy hip hop beats and boisterous punk riffs, while its accompanying video captures the chaotic energy and attitude that first earned him attention. The lyrics, meanwhile, 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.

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."

The follow up to 'Scum' was recorded in the Rancid frontman's Shiprec Studios in Los Angeles. It also boasts collaborations with former Aggrolites bassist J Bonner, the Interrupters’ vocalist Aimee Interrupter and John King of the Dust Brothers, with the latter chipping in with production duties.

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