Bad Grammar

by Rats Mouth

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"Short and sweet are not the first words that come to mind when listening to Rats Mouth's new EP 'Bad Grammar'. Though brief, this four song EP (with acoustic b-sides of each track) packs a lot of attitude and punch into its 22 minute running time. Rats Mouth pull influences from all directions, but most prevalent are their early 90's grunge roots, heavily reminiscent of what made bands like the Pixies and even Violent Femmes so great, with a penchant for tongue-in-cheek lyrics and verses that build into big, loud choruses.

Album opener "Snoozer" begins straightforward enough, a gentle indie-rock lullaby, but quickly builds into an intense psuedo-hardcore pummel and growl, a match for any alarm clock's howl. "Cool Rock Band" is a perfect representation of the band's sound, confident, snarky verses that build into loud, catchy choruses. There's also a fun exchange of male and female vocals that adds a lot of charm and depth to these songs. "Get So Lust" is a much more immediate track that rips from beginning to end, with an unembarrassed energy that propels that album forward, while still catchy as hell. "Better Get Me Down" brings heavy nostaglia, another catchy grunge-pop tune that brings a more sincere tone to close out the EP. Side B brings the same tracks, but in a stripped down acoustic take that gives them a more intimate, even vulnerable feel.

All in, 'Bad Grammar' is an extremely catchy and honest grunge release that's a fun and relatable listen."
- Joshua Tabbia, Already Dead Tapes, 2017

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released March 31, 2017

Spencer Bloor:
Vocals, guitar, bass, keys; drums on "Snoozer"
Charlotte Kahn:
Vocals, drums; guitar on "Snoozer"

Music and lyrics by Spencer Bloor
Recorded by Aaron Bastinelli at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn
Mixed by José Díaz Rohena
Mastered by Ryan Schwabe in Philadelphia, PA
Side B recorded by Casey Hopkins at his apartment in Brooklyn
"I'll Be Your Mirror" written by Lou Reed
Cover photo by Erin Waterfall
Mark played some tambourine

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Track Name: Snoozer
I don't mean to hit you, but
I'm
so
tired
Track Name: Cool Rock Band
I just wanna be in a cool rock band
with a cool label
cool outfits
we don't even have to be interesting
or groundbreaking
or ironic
see, I just moved out to New York City
and I'm feeling kinda lonely
kinda wishing that i had some more fans
more press
more girls
more press

Is that really what you want?
oh, yes it is

I just wanna be in a cool rock band
with 30,000 likes and a blue/white checkmark
roll up my jeans
grow my mustache
buy organic
bad grammar
see, I just moved out to Bushwick, Brooklyn
and I'm feeling impatient, want some gratification
hey man!
see that band??
cool fuckin' band! I like them!

Is that really what you want?
oh, yes it is
Track Name: Get So Lust
Get so lust
want to fuck
everything
everyone

Do you just like normal things?

I'm different when I'm hard
Track Name: Better Get Me Down
Underneath the ground is hard to breathe
where the man is thin and watching me
you watching me?????
Underneath the air is hard to speak
where the man is tall with razor teeth
you watching me????????

Better get me down

In the New York subway there's a freak
breathing cold black and following me
you watching me???

Better get me down