NYC-Based Outfit New Rock City Debut Video for “Da Ratman”

The rat man has nothing left to loose, well
He escaped from the claws of his owner
He crawled miles of dirt to free himself
The bad guys cannot find his trail

With grand gestures toward new wave, punk, pop, and good old-fashioned rock, NYC’s New Rock City returns with a new single, “DA RATMAN!”. This is the third single from their forthcoming album, RADIO 85, due by the end of the year.

The charismatic rock duo formed in NYC in 2012, cutting their teeth in the East Village underground scene. Kick, the guitarist, displays a fierce love for crispy, powerful riffs; lead singer Rossano channels Joan Jett and Billy Idol.

The fast-paced, furious song was produced by Matt Chiaravalle (Blondie, Courtney Love) at Mercy Sound Recording Studios in the East Village. The curious lyrics can serve as a metaphor for the ubiquity of technological surveillance and Big Brother-esque monitoring of behaviour in the modern era. Nothing escapes Da Ratman.

The performance music video was directed by Paul Grant and filmed in June 2021 at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, recalling the chaos of punk-era CBGBs and highlighting the band’s infectious, frenetic energy.

Watch below:

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Alice Teeple

Alice Teeple is a photographer, multidisciplinary artist, and writer. She is not in Tin Machine.

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