I stumbled across today's song on a very fine compilation album from Inner Magic DIY, an outlet aimed at "giving a voice to LGBTQIA+ Intersectional BIPOC Multicultural Loud, proud, and punk AF artists from around the UK." The comp is titled Pride By The Seaside and features 24 bands, several who have featured on this blog (Pink Suits, Dinosaur Skull, Emily Flea, 51st State, Vampire Slumber Party, Mr. Wu's Pigs). Available on cd and digital download, you can find it here : https://innermagic.bandcamp.com/album/pride-by-the-seaside-compilation
Rats Nest (https://www.facebook.com/intheratsnest) are a trio, from Margate, who've a couple of eps on Bandcamp (https://intheratsnest.bandcamp.com/album/ep-2) and who also have an album titled State of Suspicion on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/album/0f4sMrvBo9eE4bXOkQizBV
It looks like there's new music on the way in the form of an upcoming album.
The track you'll find below is from earlier this year (https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/ratsnest1/a-family-portrait-in-black-and-gray-2) and is the one from the Pride By The Seaside comp. It brings to mind bands like 4FT Fingers & The Mistakes etc. It's called A Family Portrait in Black and Gray...
Tired of learning from your experience It's just your shameful mistakes I represent the sins, you had wished you'd made The smell of the street infect their sheets And I walk these streets every fucking week And every day I watch their couples play But it's a lie, it's a lie, I can see it fray I see the anger Oozing from my family portrait And I can see the cracks The cracks are on the frame I fear the future As the painting will fade like Dorian Gray I'll encapsulate it Keep our memories in a jar So I know that you'll be there And you know I won't be far I'll always be at the table I won't break this coat of arms Bounded by blood Has lost it's charm