Ratboys - Spencer Radcliffe - Floatie
LHST PRESENTS: RATBOYS
Born out of fierce friendship and a mutual affection for melody, Chicago's Ratboys - anchored by the partnership of Julia Steiner and Dave Sagan - aim to ‘write songs that tell stories and honor the intimacy of memory,' according to Steiner.
GN, the group's second full-length album via Topshelf Records, offers a bevy of tales, laments and triumphs, which recount near-tragedies by the train tracks, crippling episodes of loneliness, remembrances of a deceased family pet with freezer burn, and on and on. The songs shift and breathe as worlds all their own, tied together by the group's self-proclaimed ‘post-country' sound, which combines moments of distortion and a DIY aesthetic with a devotion to simple songwriting and ties to the Americana sounds of years past.
Drawing influence from the down-to-earth sincerity of late-90s Sheryl Crow and the confessional confidence of Kim Deal and Jenny Lewis, the songs on GN (aka ‘goodnight') "largely detail experiences of saying goodbye, finding your way home, and then figuring out what the hell to do once you're back," says Steiner. The songs chosen to close both sides of the record - the slow-burning ‘Crying About the Planets' and quizzical ‘Peter the Wild Boy' - unpack the respective journeys of two real people who were quite literally lost and found. ‘Crying' tells the survival story of Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson from a first-person perspective, and ‘Peter' reflects on the life of a feral child in Germany who was eventually adopted by the King of England,' according to Steiner. ‘Writing as and about these people is the best way I can attempt to empathize with them and really just wrap my mind around these bits of history that otherwise might not get talked about. And it helps me understand my own experiences a little bit better,' she says.
Certain personal stories - the tour adventures recapped in ‘GM,' the struggle to learn to show affect
- Start:December 28, 2018 Time: 9:00 PM
- End:December 28, 2018 Time: 11:59 PM
- Where:Sleeping Village, 3734 W. Belmont, Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60618
- Event Type: Concerts & Music
- Ticket Price:N/A