Post-punk music is pretty easy to define. It’s music that embraces the energy, attitude and DIY ethics of punk but musically reaches far beyond the angst and urgent positioning of the genre. Since its conception in the late ’70s with bands such as Joy Division, Magazine, Public Image, The Pop Group, The Birthday Party and Gang Of Four, post-punk has developed across the decades since, as an extremely diverse genre that includes all manner of fusion, from punk and industrial to jazz, electronics and ambient. Performance art and visual art are often embraced. As long as the music is original and contains that original punk creative ethos, it can be said to be post-punk.
Rat Kangaroo has been absorbing, over the decades, all the variations of post-punk music and has, as individuals, written for and performed in a multitude of music projects that have contributed to the expansion of the genre.
Rat Kangaroo music has groove, and it has layers over that groove that can be abrasive or emotive. Whatever suits. Rhythms may twitch and occasionally fall over themselves or sit within a tight pocket of jazz punk. Lyrics describe the mess we may all get ourselves into, or proclaim/predict a future vision, or tell us things we may not want to hear; challenging tales that mirror our personal trails.
Rat Kangaroo music often begins with a bed of rhythm and bass. It’s then layered up through a process of live collaborative jams in the Rat Kangaroo rehearsal studio. Those layers are often developed in isolation and offered back into the soup where they may well be further tweaked until the piece feels right.
Original Rat Kangaroo poster art by Mark Hebblewhite, Hull, England.