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Rat Fancy

Los Angeles, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | INDIE

Los Angeles, CA | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Alternative Indie





Rat Fancy have graced our pages many a time before, and I even included them in my suggested acts to catch last year at SXSW. They just dropped a new tune with a heavy-handed pop vibe that should jump on your radar today. The riffs and bass lines are gritty, almost grungy, though Dianna always has this polished glint to the way she releases her vocals. It’s hard to turn away from the hooks they craft, letting waves of pop sensibility bash you over the head…not a bad thing in my book. No word on a new release, but let’s hope something new comes our way in 2019. - Austin Town Hall

"SXSW 2018 Music Bloggers Guide"

Indie pop is best characterized by the combination of every sentiment; it covers love, loss, friendship and memories, all spun in a whimsical fashion. It also carries an emphatic musical punch of jangling guitars and steady drumming that swells into infectious choruses that forever stick in your head. This is precisely the band that Rat Fancy has become. One listen to the group’s hook-laden hit “I Can’t Dance to the Smiths Anymore” will surely have you swinging your arms about in the air whilst a huge grin creeps across your face. Elsewhere on the band’s Suck a Lemon EP you’ll find buzzy guitars backing huge melodies or endearing ballads that seem infinitely inescapable. You’re going to find yourself carried away by the natural charm of this LA group; you’re going to lose yourself in the emotions; you’re ultimately going to run off and tell all your friends how much you love this band! - SXSW Blog

"And, of course, Anal Trump: The year in band names 2017"

Rat Fancy

Don’t confuse this L.A. band that “serves up heavy doses of twee punk” with the American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association, which exists “to promote and encourage the breeding and exhibition of fancy rats and mice.” Check its official rat standard designations before bringing your rat to a competition! - AV Club

"RAT FANCY: Suck a Lemon: LP"

Riot grrrl-inspired bubble gum indie pop with a bit of a melancholy undertone. Cute synths give just a bit of that Tegan And Sara So Jealous taste and provides nice interplay with guitar and drums. This album is reminiscent of the sonic feeling of young love and heartache from the late ‘90s / early 2000s—think the But I’m a Cheerleader soundtrack, or the potential She’s All That could have had if a riot grrrl had scored it. The B side of the record is a bit more brooding and bass-heavy, providing a nice contrast from the more straight forward pop on side A. I’m really excited to see what comes out of this band in the future. Also, the line, “I’d rather suck a lemon than talk to you” reminded me to take my vitamin C. Thanks Rat Fancy! –Candace Hansen (HHBTM) - Razorcake


Suck A Lemon EP, May 2017, Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records



In times where the world feels upside down and life expectations lurk in the shadows, Rat Fancy responds with two words: Stay Cool. The group formed in late 2016 by Diana Barraza (vocals/lyrics/guitar) and Gregory Johnson (guitar/bass/drums/keys) with the explicit goal to create shimmering lo-fi pop, recorded in their bedroom in Northeast Los Angeles. The result was their EP Suck A Lemon, released in 2017 on HHBTM Records. Rat Fancy debuted live at SXSW that year and continued to grow their sound, taking the best elements of indie and punk, as well as the nostalgic sounds of nineties alternative and emo for inspiration.

Playing sporadic dates at festivals across the country, Barraza and Johnson prepared their debut LP Stay Cool, set to be released in 2019 on HHBTM Records. The LP was recorded by David Newton of eighties indie band The Mighty Lemon Drops with equipment purchased from a studio used by My Bloody Valentine and Primal Scream. Fittingly, Stay Cool is the group’s punchiest, heaviest and most compelling work to date.

Stay Cool is unapologetic with themes touching on bad tattoos (“Stuck With You”) to immigration (“Must Be Nice”). From fuzzed out punk-pop (“Making Trouble”) to floor-shaking low end (“Never Is Forever”), Rat Fancy has never shown more compositional complexity and stylistic emotion than now. Today, Rat Fancy live is Barraza, Johnson, with friends Matt Sturgis (drums) and Dan Fernandez (bass).

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