Kærlighedserklæring til en sang – The Walkmen “The Rat”

15. december 2013

Dirty knees. Bruised knuckles. The inevitable after effects of The Rat being played in an indie club, or at a house party. After a few drinks I could never contain myself. The visceral energy of the song took possession of me – every time – and I would throw myself to the ground, punching the floor in sheer, furious delirium. It became known as my “move”, as if I had any choice in the matter. I can still remember the first time I heard it. My girlfriend (now wife) and I were half listening to Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 evening show in early 2004, when it came screaming out of the speakers. Time stopped, and for the next couple of minutes, nothing else mattered. I lay down so my head was right next to the stereo. “Please tell me what song this is Zane,” I remember thinking to myself. “Please.”

Everything about ‘The Rat’ is perfect. The furious inertia of the squalling guitar and synth intro; the frenzied drumming; the raging, throat-shredding vocal; the utterly fucking perfect middle eight; the bass thundering back in halfway through the final verse; the surging climax; and those echoing, emphatic twin snare hits that close the song. Nearly ten years later I still tell anyone who will listen that it’s the greatest song ever recorded. If it was the only music they ever committed to tape, their time as a band would have been worthwhile. But really, it was just the start.

Chris Knapman ærgrer sig i Drowned in Sound over, at ‘verdens bedste orkester’ The Walkmen er stoppet som band. Og jeg med ham. Det er sgu da ærgerligt, nÃ¥r et godt band løber tør for – ja hvad?! Men sÃ¥dan er det nu engang. Og jeg vil nøjes med at glæde mig over den musik, de fik skabt, og den koncert jeg nÃ¥ede at opleve med bandet for ganske nylig.

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