RATBOYS Stream New Album “GN” in Full Ahead of Release this Friday June 30




GN is the forthcoming sophomore album by Chicago post-country band, Ratboys, lead by singer/guitarist Julia Steiner and guitarist Dave Sagan. Drawing influence from Sheryl Crow to Kim Deal and Jenny Lewis, GN has been called “special and personal” by The FaderNPR praises the “jangle in their twang” and the Chicago Reader says it’s the “unquestionable connection between emo and country.”

Today, Ratboys share GN before it’s properly released this Friday, June 30 with Topshelf Records (Braid, Sorority Noise, tricot). Listen to GN HERE.

Ratboys join Mother Evergreen, All Get Out, and Diet Cig for various dates around the US this Summer and Fall. Ratboys are joined by Mother Evergreen, Special Death, and Sincere Engineer this Friday for a record release show at Schubas in Chicago. All confirmed tour dates below.

* = w/ Mother Evergreen
^ = w/ All Get Out
# = w/ Diet Cig

06.30.17 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s (Record Release Show) *
07.01.17 – Davenport, IA @ Raccoon Motel *
07.02.17 – Champaign, IL @ Memphis on Main *
07.03.17 – Bowling Green, KY @ Sinkhole Sanctuary *
07.05.17 – Detroit, MI @ Pike Room at the Crofoot
07.06.17 – Toronto, ON @ DBeatstro
07.07.17 – Ottawa, ON @ Montgomery Legion Hall
07.08.17 – Burlington, VT @ SideBar
07.09.17 – Montreal, QC @ L’Escogriffe
07.11.17 – Manchester, NH @ Penuche’s Music Hall
07.12.17 – Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery
07.13.17 – Albany, NY @ Relief Theater
07.14.17 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
07.15.17 – Bethlehem, PA @ The Blast Furnace Room at ArtsQuest
07.21.17 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
07.22.17 – Omaha, NE @ Milk Run
07.23.17 – St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill Duck Room
08.01.17 – Kansas City, MO @ The recordBar (w/ Slothrust)
08.02.17 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club (w/ Ron Gallo, Slothrust)
08.19.17 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
08.20.17 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs ^
08.22.17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie ^
08.23.17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory ^
08.24.17 – Washington, DC @ DC9 ^
08.25.17 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room ^
08.26.17 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl ^
08.27.17 – Nashville, TN @ The End
09.07.17 – Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at The Outer Space #
09.09.17 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre #
09.11.17 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall #
09.12.17 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt #
09.13.17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Funhouse at Mr Smalls #
09.15.17 – Bethlehem, PA @ Lehigh University
09.16.17 – Lancaster, PA @ Lizard Lounge #
09.17.17 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery #
10.27.17 – Gainesville, FL @ FEST

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“The sumptuous licks of guitar and Steiner’s honeyed vocals tell an intimate story from Steiner’s childhood — the song is a perfect example of the special, personal nature of their music.” – The Fader

“A strung-out, dreamy feeling that’s as if the whole track has been dipped in sepia.” – The Line of Best Fit

“The band’s writing blurs the line between personal and conceptual.” – Stereogum

“GN mixes up their lo-fi sound with a country twang.” – DIY

“Only toward the conclusion does its true twang reveal itself, but the song rocks all the the way through.” – NPR

“An album that rewards investment” – Upset

“the perfect company for laying in the grass whilst heat rises on a sunny day” – Punktastic


Born out of fierce friendship and a mutual affection for melody, Chicago’s Ratboys – anchored by the partnership of Julia Steiner and Dave Sagan – aims 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 affection as divulged in ‘Molly’ – find Ratboys just as eagerly exploring subject matter that comes from within, and then illustrating the highs and lows with soaring hooks and plaintive ones. Even in the moments that lie somewhere between bliss and misery, a tension persists between Steiner’s sweet vocal delivery and Sagan’s physical, almost-off-the-hinges guitar playing that lends each song a deeper sense of color and movement.

Steiner and Sagan felt the impulse to make music together from the get-go – they first met as university students, quickly put out an EP together, and started performing as an acoustic two-piece in dorm rooms and backyards. During the next few years, the friends traveled separately, eventually reunited, and recorded what would become the first Ratboys record, AOID, which the folks at GoldFlakePaint describe as ‘a gleaming, joyous, raucous display of melodic indie-rock.’

After a year and a half of touring the US and Europe as a plugged-in full band (featuring the additions of drums, bass, and trumpet), the members of Ratboys returned to Chicago and holed up at Atlas Studios for two weeks to record with engineer Mikey Crotty (who had previously worked with the group on the songs ‘Not Again’ and ‘Light Pollution’). ‘This time around, we were lucky enough to feature the talents of friends who play the pedal steel, accordion, cello and violin to give the songs an extra something,’ says Steiner. ‘Dave finally got to show off his ridiculous skills on the pocket piano, and the whole thing felt like one big loving experiment.’

Those good times and long days yielded the 10 songs that make up GN, which Evan Hall of Pinegrove calls ‘a delectable chapter in the Ratboys story.’

Ratboys – GN
Release Date: June 30, 2017
Label: Topshelf Records
For fans of: Rilo Kiley, Ben Kweller, Pinegrove
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Pre-order: http://tpshlf.co/TSR170
Formats: Digital, CD, Cassette, Vinyl:
Dark Red w/ Dark Blue Splatter (out of 200)
180 Gram Black (out of 300)
Opaque Purple (out of 500)

Track Listing
1. Molly
2. Elvis is in the Freezer
3. Westside
4. Control
5. Crying About the Planets
6. Dangerous Visions
7. Wandered
8. GM
9. The Record
10. Peter the Wild Boy

Bernard Cana

Bernard is a photographer based out of Orlando, FL. He started photographing models 5 years ago and felt the need for a change of pace. In July 2016 he was introduced to band photography and immediately found a passion for it. Bernard primarily covered performances at local venues. He joined DreadMusicReview.com in October 2016 as a photographer and writer covering both bands on tour and local bands. If you are interested in having Bernard cover your shows you may reach out to him here: E-mail: bernard.cana@dreadmusicreview.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/talonkanephotography Instagram: www.instagram.com/talonkanephotography

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