A ceaselessly engaging rocker from Los Angeles-based artist Indiana Bradley, “Rats on Cocaine” explores the city’s frenzied ambition (and often ensuing drug habits). Aptly, the vocal lead is energized amidst a peppy assortment of guitars and piano, evoking a nostalgic power-pop and punk vigor. The track precedes the upcoming EP Pale City, which is produced by Hunter Burgan (A.F.I.’s bass player and producer).
Steady percussion and piano accompany a swift vocal delivery, rousing upon the title-touting hook and clamoring guitar distortion. The playful piano-laden presence in the verses pairs with the brisk vocal lead for a sound reminiscent of XTC’s most energetic material. “Rats on Cocaine” is an infectious, energetic success that cleverly explores a city whose ambition and restlessness can inspire a perpetual quest for success and the energy required for it.
Check out the track’s frantic, throwback music video, formed from “a 1950s era Soviet propaganda cartoon”:
This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2022’ Spotify playlist.