Within the first few seconds of hitting play on Britain’s Billy Doze’s new single ‘Love Rats’, I’m already tapping my fingers. The track has everything we love about Brit rock – the deep bass, the pounding keys, the reverbing guitars. . . Moreover, the single incorporates a rattling tambourine into the full thud of the drumlines.
Doze’s vocals are wistful and dreamy, perfectly contrasting the fast-paced music. He masterfully mashes self-depricating lyrics that border Morrissey-esque longing. He sings: “I woke up in paradise / And still the rain was pouring / Today I met my hero / He was boring.”
But it’s the steadying march of the drums and the wild and jumping guitars that keep you dancing, preventing ‘Love Rats’ from being anything even resembling a downer track.
Doze also released the B-side to the single, ‘English Rain’. The track is a tad slower than ‘Love Rats’, and more prominently features acoustic guitar. Doze’s vocals on the track are also softer, though confident. The drums gently guide the song, keeping it at a steady pace, while the acoustic guitar flows subtly along.
‘Love Rats’, and the ‘English Rain’ B-side will be available on iTunes on July 28.