Not even two seconds in and “Fuck you and your fucking friends” is how Philadelphia’s Ratkicker starts off, giving you an idea of what to expect on their album Fuck Off Thank You. Aggressive, high energy punk hardcore, Ratkicker is not for the faint of heart.
I first heard these guys when I saw them open for Fantasy Panther at Philly’s Barbary the beginning of the year and after their set I knew I had to check them out. Fuck Off Thank You contains ten songs clocking in around 23 minutes and is a must if you’re a fan of hardcore. Mixing elements of dbeat, hardcore, and good old fashion rock and roll, everything about the album is brutal, including the more melodic “Acoustic Song” (which is far from acoustic) and I’ve never heard such a heavy NOFX (Stranger Than Fishin) and Offspring (No Brakes) cover.
Ratkicker also shines through with their no holds barred lyrics. Whether it’s the reckless “don’t give a fuck” anthem of “Drugs and Sluts” (“I just wanna live inside a box on Kelly drive so I can drink and smoke and motherfucking die“) or the more introspective “Heartbreaker” (“and well I wanna be a man
but I can’t understand why I’m so shaken by a girl“), it all comes off as pretty damn sincere.
Definitely check these local Philly dudes out, I’ve been listening to it pretty much nonstop lately. Oh, and they have their album up for download for free, so you really have no excuse.