Rats On Rafts & De Kift Announce Collaborative Album!

Rats On Rafts / De Kift
Reveal First Track ‘Sleep Little Links 2 3 4’
Announce Self Titled Album
Out 14th October  
Rats On Rafts De Kift ‘Sleep Little Links 2 3 4’ audio stream: 

Read the UK premiere on Clash here

“Two astounding noise merchants recently paired off on a joint project, with Rats On Rafts crossing swords with De Kift .. it’s righteous noise – all blistering guitar and punchy vocals, the driving, demanding onward rush simply demands your attention.”Clash

“Our Dutch favourites have collaborated with De Kift; another legendary band from Holland. I think that sounds excellent” John Kennedy Radio X

“The best act I’ve ever seen at a festival” Paul Thomson, Franz Ferdinand

Rats On Rafts have joined forces with legendary underground Dutch punk band De Kift – Zaandam punk vs Rotterdam punk! Their self-titled collaborative album is set for release in October and coincides with a Netherlands tour.

A playful revisioning of each other’s music which began at Metropolis Festival in 2013. The record brings together songs from Rats On Rafts critically acclaimed second album ‘Tape Hiss’ and De Kift’s huge catalogue. The two bands locked themselves up for a month to record a completely analogue album. Together they will play this material live on tour.

Instantly recognisable as Rats ‘Last Day On De Zon’ is shot through with brass – enter De Kift. Dark, dub infused ‘Meggy’ sees Rats On Rafts bringing their explosive and unrelenting rolling crescendos into the fold. ‘Sleep Little Links 2 3 4’ is uplifting with the addition of brass whilst folk tinged ‘Dit Schip’ sees them bring further depth to the collaboration. Energetic and raw, the spirit of their festival performances prevails throughout.

De Kift have released music for three decades with father Heijne only retiring in 2013, brothers Marco & Ferry Heijne and cousin Pim remain alongside co-founder and drummer Wim. The brass ensemble have released eleven albums, collaborated in theatre, film and multiple media projects which has seen them win a number of Dutch awards across film and music.

Line up: David Fagan (vocals, guitar), Bram Nigten (drums),Ferry Heijne (vocals, trumpet), Pim Heijne (guitar), Marco Heijne (steeldrum), Mathijs Houwink (bass guitar), Han Hulscher (trumpet), Arnoud Verheul (guitar), Patrick Votrian (trombone), Natasha van Waardenburg (bass guitar), Wim ter Weele (vocals, drums).

Rats On Rafts & De Kift Live Dates28 Aug: Festival Noorderzon, Groningen, Netherlands
13 Oct: Patronaat, Harleem, Netherlands
22 Oct: Ekko, Utrecht, Netherlands
27 Oct: Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden, Netherlands
28 Oct: Burgerweehuis, Deventer, Netherlands
18 Nov: Hall of Fame (013 op locatie), Tilburg, Netherlands
26 Nov: Explore The North, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
16 Dec: Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Rats On Rafts (only) Live Dates

25 Aug: Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, Cologne, Germany
26 Aug: Dutch Impact @ Stadgarten, Cologne, Germany
10 Sep: WOS Festival, Santiago, Spain
11 Sep: La Salvaje, Oviedo, Spain
12 Sep: Club de Vila-Real – Dedos Bionicos, Vila-Real, Portugal
14 Sep: La Lata de Bombillas, Zaragoza, Spain
15 Sep: Dabadaba, San Sebastian, Spain
16 Sep: La Coopérative de Mai Club, Clermont, France
17 Sep: Levitation Festival, Angers, France
19 Sep: Le Pop Up du label, Paris, France
20 Sep: La Péniche, Lille, France
21 Sep: Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany
22 Sep: Dutch Impact @ Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany
24 Sep: Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia
26 Sep: Crane Lane, Cork, Ireland
27 Sep: Upstairs at Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland
28 Sep: KASBAH Social Club, Limerick, Ireland
01 Oct: Shacklewell Arms, London, UK

Track list
1. Last Day On De Zon
2. Voorbijj
3. Brass Poison Face
4. Dit Schip
5. Powder Monkey
6. Melk En Benzine
7. Moonlight Flit
8. Meggy
9. Swan Song
10. Sleep Little Links 2 3 4

Pre-order: https://ratsonraftsmusic.bandcamp.com/album/rats-on-rafts-de-kift