Rats On Rafts announces tour, interdisciplinary musical film and new tracks
Rats On Rafts today announced tour dates for the summer and, in the UK, in December. They also revealed an expanded version of their song Tokyo Music Experience, with a cover of Pere Ubu’s Visions Of The Moon on the reverse, and details of a new interdisciplinary film project from their latest album, Excerpts from Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths.
The group released their latest album earlier this year and we described it as “a stylish and sleek modern drama that reveals complex characters and drama that hooks you and keeps you absorbed throughout the year” . Also July 3rd, they will present their interdisciplinary music Visions Of Chapter 3, combining film, visuals, theater and dance with Rats On Rafts performing the album in its entirety. A small production company that was responsible for the group’s recent clips will direct them. Tickets for the show are available here.
Talking about the concept of performance, the group pointed out that over the past 18 months, these online shows may result in shorter stress curves, caused by the lack of interaction between the group and the audience. Because of this, Rats On Rafts is planning a show that they believe will transcend regular live streaming to create an exploration of recognizable themes such as loneliness and escape. An unrecognizable protagonist will take viewers on a journey through the many landscapes of the psychedelic post-punk album.
Today, the group also released a new expanded version of their song Tokyo Music Experience. We created the video for the original song last year and after being included on the Pere Ubu Datapanik TV channel, the band were asked to create a cover. For that, they chose Visions Of The Moon, which is included as the B-side of this version. Listen to the two tracks below. They are available now on different platforms here.
Jul 01: Groningen – Vera, The Netherlands
July 02: Nijmegen – Doornroosje, The Netherlands (Sold out)
July 03: Visions of Chapter 3 – Live Stream from TivoliVredenburg
Jul 09: Rotterdam – Rotown, Netherlands (Out of print)
July 10: Rotterdam – Rotown, Netherlands (Sold out)
July 11: Rotterdam – Rotown, Netherlands (Sold out)
August 26: Amsterdam – Paradiso, Netherlands
August 27: Utrecht – De Nijverheid, The Netherlands (Sold out)
03 August: Bruis Festival – Maastricht, NL
Sep 11: Misty Fields Festival – Asten-Heuseden, NL
Sep 25: Eindhoven – Stroomhuis, NL (with Nouveau Velo)
December 03: The Jericho, Oxford, UK
05 Dec: The Louisiana, Bristol, UK
December 06: The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK
December 10: The Mash House, Edinburgh, UK
December 11: Audio, Glasgow, UK
December 12: Yes, Manchester, UK
The date of the live in London will be announced soon …
The official Rats On Rafts website is ratsonrafts.com and they can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Lyrics by Nathan Whittle. Find his Louder Than War archives here.