New Music Of The Day: Rat Boy – Wasteman (NME Premiere)

Is there anybody in UK music right now killing it on social media quite as hard as Rat Boy (pictured above, with a load of Japanese tourists on a beach in Brighton)?

Over the past few months he’s seemingly spent every waking hour on Periscope, live blogging his exploits in the studio while making his debut album, while not a day goes by on Twitter without him giving up his entire guestlist for that night’s show to anybody who asks nicely enough. Speaking of which, a couple of days ago he was even filmed riding a motorcross bike across the stage:


Top marks for effort there.

Luckily though, Rat Boy’s also marking himself out as one of the UK’s most prolific new talents when it comes to the music. From deftly compiled mixtapes to singles tailor-made for radio, whoever’s been pushing the buttons for him has executed his rise perfectly thus far.

And today that rise continues with ‘Wasteman’, the B-side to new single ‘Fake ID’ (out next Friday). While not a huge departure in terms of sound – it’s still kinda Essex oik rap with a double dose of OCD – like all the best B-sides, it does the job of making its creator sound like he’s letting his hair down:

Catch Rat Boy at the following venues over the next couple of weeks for more onstage hijinx:

Leicester, The Cookie Jar September (25)
Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach (27)
Guildford, Boileroom (28)
London, Dingwalls (29)
Southampton, Joiners (30)
Bristol, Exchange (October 1)
Falmouth, MONO (2)
Rayleigh, The Mill Arts & Events Centre (3)


And while we’re here, here’s ‘Fake ID’: