tarotThe music of Tarot Rats “juxtaposes gritty guitars with soulful, melodic vocals” with aims to “bring back the power of the riff to modern music.” An impressive sounding dynamic which is owed in part to their varied musical backgrounds. “We love showing our versatility and it’s empowering to be able to do so. The soul mixes with blues, metal and hard rock, combined with influence from stand-alone heroes like Kate Bush and Bowie help to maintain freshness and eccentricity.”

One of the group’s main aspects is authenticity. “We feel it is vitally important to just be yourself”. That raw honesty is something that is deep in the heart of their music, making sure “its music people can relate to”, but with “killer riffs to keep you pumped.” That honesty can be heard on tracks like ‘Temperance’, from their Minor Arcana EP (which are both tarot card references).

Despite the tarot references, the group admit “the future is simply too hard to predict”. “One thing’s for sure, the world is a strange place at the moment and the immediate future is less than positive.” But they remain hopeful, saying “music has the capacity to empower people and drive them through the tough times. We want to be part of this.” Some of their songs like ‘Rats Get Fat While Brave Men Die’ comment on this, and are perfect if you’re “pissed off with the world right now.” “What we’ve also discovered is that there’s a real community within the UK and further afield of new music with bands pulling together to support each other. – It continues to go from strength to strength and really is quite fantastic.”

In terms of new music, an album is in the works which promises to be “a real experience for the listener.” “We want it to take you on a journey, to sweep you off to the stratosphere and put you back down to earth with a satisfying warmth.” Inspired by how many of their classic influences’ “back catalogues still stand up today”, the band want to be “creating music that in ten, twenty, thirty years’ time, people are still listening and, importantly, discovering our sound.”