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Nottingham’s latest alt-rock punk band, Silkrats, are certainly a band you need to be keeping an eye on. Their music constantly gifts our ears and we can't get enough. The entire vibe paired with insane musical and stage skill, Silkrats can do nothing but deliver. Luckily for us, they're playing Nottingham soon and you'd be crazy not to get yourself there.

Words by Jasmine Greener | Feature Image by Shaun Morris | Event by INFL // Solemnverse

How has your artistry evolved throughout your musical career to what we hear now?

We’ve certainly become heavier and less folky over the years, particularly since Jen joined the band to replace our previous vocalist. It feels like we’ve really found a sound that works for us now.

What would your dream collaboration be?

The Sugababes, obviously.

To make someone who has never heard your music an instant fan, which song of yours would you play them?

‘Opposition’ is probably our most “accessible” song. It’s also the opening song of our album, so start there and keep going!

What artist has had the most impact on you and inspired you the most as a band?

It has to be Black Sabbath. Our inspiration is so diverse and varied between members the band, but Sabbath’s greatness is something we can all agree on.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

We’re currently writing more material to follow-up the album we released in May. So… more bangers! Alongside more gigs, new merch, and hopefully a music video when we’re ready.

How do you as band get yourself ready and pumped up for a gig?

We have a group stretching session to limber up before we go on stage.

How did you all meet?

The boys met at school many moons ago and have been making music together ever since. We met Jen online when recruiting a vocalist, and it’s been a match made in heaven.

What was the most memorable gig you’ve performed?

It has to be the “Metal 2 The Masses” Final at Rescue Rooms in Nottingham. Getting a gig there had been a milestone we’d been trying to reach for a while, so it was great to finally get there. We didn’t win, but it was an unforgettable experience. Honorable mention for the Hairy Dog in Derby where we played this summer. The audience seemed to really get what we’re about, and we sold a load of t-shirts which is never a bad thing.

how are you feeling in the lead up to playing back in Notts

We’re really excited! We haven’t played in Nottingham since the Rescue Rooms show in July, so it’s been a long time coming. The Old Bus Depot is a new venue for us, and there are some great sounding artists on the bill with us too. Bring it on!

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