Featuring a band this week who have a song I like so much the chorus is now my ringtone…
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweatsare based in Denver and they released their self-titled debut album in August this year. These guys have a vintage R&B sound, mixed in with some rock and soul – not unlike a rowdier Van Morrison. They are already building up a reputation for a stage-rattling live show. They signed with Stax and worked with producer Richard Swift to try and capture the energy from their live shows on their first album. Rateliff’s voice is powerful and a key focus within the band’s music. Their retro sound brings back music from decades back, but this also helps them really stand out when their music comes up on the radio. I still remember the first time I heard “S.O.B.” on the radio while driving, it was so different from the other alternative music that’s currently playedand the band’s name is easy to remember. I made a mental note to check them out later on Spotify. So if you’re in the mood for some vintage R&B/soul/rock/gospel, check out their self-titled album. At the very least, crank up “S.O.B.” and have a blast dancing or singing along.
“S.O.B.” is my current ringtone and definitely has one of my favorite choruses I’ve heard in a while. The track has a very simple stomp & clap rhythm with humming/whooping/whoaing driving the verses, then explodes into the choruses as Rateliff ups the intensity of his vocals, and the entire band kicks in along with horns. Try listening to this song without a smile breaking out – plus it’s a great way to kick-off your weekend.
“I Need Never Get Old” is the track that kicks off their album. It’s a little more mellow, but they manage to take it up several notches before the song has a chance to end. Again, a timeless sound and this track highlights Rateliff’s vocals and has a nice horn arrangement on it. I like how the transition from verse to chorus has a slight build-up as Rateliff stops singing, the music thumps along for a few beats and then they burst in with the chorus. They also do a great job building up the strength and power of the song as it progresses.
live version – pretty well recorded and these guys have a “live” sound anyway – plus you can get a feel for how they play live
“Trying So Hard Not To Know”is another great song that chugs along with its crisp guitar and staccato beat. The guitars have that vintage sound, and the music is recorded so it sounds like a live performance. My only fault with this track is how it abruptly ends, but it’s definitely kept short and sweet.