Ratboy announces new album with Rancid’s Tim Armstrong

Rat Boy has joined forces with Rancid’s Tim Armstrong to produce his new album, titled Internationally Unknown.

The 22-year-old who’s real name is Jordan Cardy is set to release the follow up to 2017’s Scum on January 25 via Parlophone and Armstrong’s Hellcat Records label.

The Essex artist told NME how the collaboration came about: “Tim’s manager, Kevin, had found my mixtape on Soundcloud a few years back. They got in touch as they felt it was a good match. It was sick as fuck. When I was a kid, my sister had bought the first Transplants album that my dad actually fell in love with. It was always being played when I was a kid.”

He continued: “Tim helped me discover what I really wanted to make for this record and what’s me. He also made me feel comfortable to try different shit.”

Cardy added: “He taught me so much about making a record. Compared to the first one where, looking back, I think I kinda fucked up. We made the whole record and mixed it before showing it to anyone at the record label. Also playing in a room together before tracking a song so we could work out chord progressions and transitions instead of where I would normally just make loops on the guitar/bass/drums in logic.”

The musician also revealed to the publication what the creative process behind the record was: “One of my favourites would be when we were tracking to a Studer reel-to-reel machine as a live band then Tim’s engineer was able to play the tape back into Protools with the stems separated. We would throw this stuff into Logic where I was ableto chop up drums, sync stuff to drum machines/synths, and put effects on things. It was a real fun process.

“It was like working with samples as the tape would make everything sound warm and not so harsh and bright. We did this for tracks like ‘Chip On My Shoulder’, ‘Don’t Hesitate’, ‘Internationally Unknown’. There were a shit load of layers in these tracks. Kevin Bivona killed it on the mixes.”

See the tracklisting below.

‘CHIP ON MY SHOULDER’
‘MY NAME IS RAT BOY’
‘DON’T HESITATE’
‘I WANNA SKATE’
‘FOLLOW YOUR HEART’
‘INTERNATIONALLY UNKNOWN’
‘SO WHAT’
‘NO PEACE NO JUSTICE’
‘FLIES’
‘NIGHT CREATURE’
‘CRASHED DAD’S CAR’
‘SILVERLAKE’

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