Rats On Rafts reveal new single ‘Tokyo Music Experience (Extended)’ backed with a cover of Pere Ubu’s ‘Visions Of The Moon’

Following the release of their acclaimed new album ‘Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths’, Rats On Rafts reveal new single ‘Tokyo Music Experience (Extended)’ backed with their take on Pere Ubu’s ‘Visions Of The Moon’. Coinciding with the release, they announce their UK winter 2021 tour with a special London live date that’s soon to be revealed. Also premiering on July 3rd, ‘Visions From Chapter 3’ is an interdisciplinary music film through TivoliVredenburg centered around the band performing the new album in its entirety alongside film, visuals, theatre and dance.

Original cut ‘Tokyo Music Experience’ is a pristine anthem that resonates with a conveyor belt-propelled modal guitar reflecting the halcyon days of Japanese super-productivity with news bulletin on-the-hour bleeps underlining its time-sensitive nature.

This newly extended version of the track reinforces solidarity with the party whilst channelling Rats On Rafts love for 80s 12” vinyl.

“You’d get the extended version on the 12” record with obvious tape cuts. While recording an instrumental version of the song we figured this would be great for a 12” and always great for playing live.” 

During the recent release of their new album, long-time supporter David Thomas was keen to feature the record on his Pere Ubu Datapanik TV channel (DPK TV) and soon followed an invite to cover Pere Ubu’s music that would be included in one of his DPK TV shows.

“We didn’t want to do a song from the earlier period as that would be impossible to match. We all really liked ‘Visions Of The Moon’ from the ‘Carnival Of Souls’ album and that record was out when we played with David in London a few years back.”

Against snow blizzards and local curfews in Rotterdam, Rats On Rafts coalesced producing an enticing and masterful rendition of ‘Visions Of The Moon’ against the clock.

New single ‘Tokyo Music Experience (Extended)’ is out now.

lListen to ‘Tokyo Music Experience (Extended)/Visions Of The Moon’

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David Thomas from Pere Ubu on Rats On Rafts cover of 'Visions Of The Moon'

Rats On Rafts ‘Tokyo Music Experience (Extended)/Visions Of The Moon’


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01 Jul: Vera, Groningen, Netherlands
02 Jul: Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands
03 Jul: Visions of Chapter 3 – Livestream, TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
09 Jul: Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands
10 Jul: Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands
11 Jul: Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands
26 Aug: Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
27 Aug: De Nijverheid, Utrecht, Netherlands
03 Sep: Bruis Festival, Maastricht, Netherlands
11 Sep: Misty Fields Festival, Heusden, Netherlands
25 Sep: Stroomhuis, Eindhoven, Netherlands
03 Dec: The Jericho, Oxford, UK
05 Dec: The Louisiana, Bristol, UK
06 Dec: The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK
10 Dec: The Mash House, Edinburgh, UK
11 Dec: Audio, Glasgow, UK
12 Dec: Yes, Manchester, UK

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Rats on Rafts also premiere their interdisciplinary music film ‘Visions Of Chapter 3’ worldwide on July 3rd.

‘Visions Of Chapter 3’ is an interdisciplinary music film centered around the band’s latest album ‘Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths’. The film will be recorded at  TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht and combines film, visuals, theatre and dance together as Rats on Rafts perform the new album live in its entirety.

Clothing by Eva Arends, scenery by Jochen Lange Studio, special video footage by A Small Production Company and one off creations by visual artists Jordi Cardenas and Jaco Schilp. To ensure the authentic sound of Rats on Rafts, an analog studio will be built in TivoliVredenburg especially for this music film.


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Rats On Rafts ‘Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths’