Bratty punk rock is the call of the day when it comes to Glaswegians Heavy Rapids. Don’t let the term “bratty” allude to negative connotations though – punk is meant to be bratty at times.
Isn’t that when it’s at its best? See Descendents, Angry Samoans and even IDLES for a modern comparison.
It’s that frantic energy that comes across as brattish and with the release of “Paisley Pattern”, from the group’s forthcoming Cash In Hand EP, it’s quite exciting.
Thematically, the song deals with more mature themes; the band’s guitarist Jamie Crawford details that the track “is about the vicious cycle of violence and crime in the town I’ve grown up in, a working-class town with a lot of great history but in the last 40 years it has seen its decline into a notorious crime hot spot.”
“Over the years it’s had the highest murder rate in the country and although the town doesn’t look to be getting any better, it’s home to most of the best people I’ve met in my life.”
The band have provided lyrics to the song over on YouTube which is handy, as this will be a sing-along moment when the band hit the road this weekend and beyond.
May 4 – Live at Leeds, Leeds
May 5 – Stag & Dagger, Glasgow
May 8 – Brudenell Social, Leeds (supporting Cabbage)
May 9 – The Great Escape, Brighton
May 31 – The Actress & Bishop, Birmingham
June 1 – Camden Rocks, London
July 5 – Electric Fields
July 28 – Y Not Festival
Sep 20 – Aberdeen – Tunnels (headline show)
Sep 21 – Dundee – Beat Generator (headline show)
Sep 26 – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s (headline show)
Sep 27 – Glasgow – Stereo (headline show)