Artist: Rare Americans
Song: Cats, Dogs & Rats
Album: Rare Americans
Genre: Alternative, Punk, Pop Punk
According to their bio, the Priestner brothers had never written a song together until a year ago. If that’s true, then the Rare Americans‘ self-titled debut album is a pretty impressive feat. While they give credit to a Slovakian guitar virtuoso named Lubo as well, there’s still a brazen confidence to the Canadian brothers’ gritty and grimy collection of songs.
Single “Cats, Dogs & Rats” is the group at their catchiest. Gloriously messy, the verses are delivered in a rapped/spat manner, calling to mind Say Anything or Twenty One Pilots, but help it all go down with a wallop of sugar on the singalong gang chorus. The song seems to be a rough view about the difficulties and mundanity of modern life, coming to the ending conclusion “Numbers matter. We’re all stats.”
This group deserves to be more than another alternative rock band statistic. Give a listen to the song below.