The Grand Ratking Conjures Up Old-School Vibes on New EP Sigil Magick
Join the local band Feb. 23 for a rockin’ release party.
In an episode of 30 Rock, a discussion in the writers’ room turns to the (possibly) mythical “rat king.”
“What’s a rat king?”
“It’s when a bunch of rats are crammed into a tiny space, and their tails get all tangled up, and they can’t even pull apart”
“And then it gets awesome. Eventually, their bodies fuse together, and they form a multi-headed live rat king.”
Local trio The Grand Ratking references the fusion that creates the (possibly) imaginary creature both metaphorically—stating its music “…will tangle your mind”—and sonically, with twists and turns happening amid and between the five experimental/psych rock tracks on its new EP, Sigil Magick.
As a whole, Sigil Magick is as weirdly compelling as the (possibly) doctored ratl-king photos on the internet. High-speed wall-of-sound instrumental rocker “Internal Error” sidles up to “Psyche What” and its melancholy, stripped-down opening ramps up until it bursts into a storm of near-yelling vocals and Led Zeppelin-esque guitar riffs.
Throughout Sigil Magick, vocal and lyrical elements aren’t always as strong as their rhythmic or melodic counterparts, but the emotion in the delivery outweighs the lack of polish. The music is authentic and unlike its (possibly) fictitious eponym, The Grand Ratking sounds like the real deal.
Tickets are only $5, so GO! and check out The Grand Ratking with Soggy Bikini and Resurrectors on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Neurolux.