Rapids! were an indie rock band from Bournemouth, England, which formed in August 2009.
Rapids! held their debut gig in a small bar in Bournemouth in October 2009. They released their first three track, self-titled EP in November 2009, limited to 200 copies and containing their earliest songs: "Maps", "Void" and "The Elitist". Following further time in the studio, they released a six track EP in March 2010, building on their first three tracks with the songs "Fuses", "Economics" and "Inland Empire".
Between October 2009 and early 2010, Rapids! played a large number of shows across the south coast of England, gaining favourable reviews in Artrocker and Rocksound, as well as having airplay on John Kennedy’s XFM show. The band signed to the London based record label, Heist Or Hit Records, in July 2009.
In summer 2010, a year after forming, Rapids! built on the earlier XFM radio play with the track "Fuses" being played by Tom Robinson. Steve Lamacq invited the band on to his show for a live interview and radio play. In September 2010, Rapids! played a live session for BBC Introducing on BBC 6 Music.