Throughout August we hosted a series of intimate in-store signings with self proclaimed ‘naughty Essex boys’, RAT BOY in our Leeds, Birmingham and Camden stores. We spoke to Jordan Cardy, the teen behind the madness that is RAT BOY to get the lowdown on his debut album ‘SCUM‘, and find out what’s next for the small-town tearaway….
For those who don’t know RAT BOY, how would you sum you sum yourselves up in a sentence?
Naughty Essex boys making scum music and art and clothes and films.
Can you talk us through the inspiration behind your recent single, ‘Laidback‘?
It’s the love song on the record, I wanted one on it. It lyrically sums up some of my mates stories of being in rocky relationships; being really in love with someone, but then being really lazy and laid back about it all.
How would you describe RAT BOY’s vibe and live shows?
There’s stage invasions and strobes inside street bollards on stage. I like to jump in the crowd, and people like to steal my shoes! We play energetic songs with a modern mixture of indie guitar, hiphop and punk. The crowd energy is nutty with walls of death and nice singalongs.
What are 3 things people should know about your new debut album, ‘SCUM’?
1. The album is named after me and my dads favourite film, ‘SCUM’, starring Ray Winstone.
2. I made the album in my bedroom in Essex, 13 studios in London, and did some recordings in LA and New York, with features from Damon Albarn, DJ DahI, Graham Coxon, and Mallory Merk.
3. We have Lloyd Floyd, (voiceover to Grand Theft Auto video game characters) doing skits in between album tracks.
Tell us about your first Dr. Martens:
I had a pair when I was 10. They were really heavy 8 holes and they lasted forever. They’re such well made boots. Now I have the Dr. Martens x Supreme low cuts.
Three tracks you’re listening to right now:
What’s your favourite thing about the city you live in?
I’m in between Essex and London right now. Essex is just what I know. I like London because you can always discover a new place to go, and there are artists, inspiration and history everywhere.
What advice would you give someone trying to break into your industry?
Mess about, but work hard.
And finally, what do you stand for?
Love and youth.