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Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats / September and October 2015 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Monday, 27th July 2015 at 9:00 am
 

Denver-based singer/songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff will return to the UK and Ireland this autumn with his band the Night Sweats, following the release of their new self-titled album ‘Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats’. Tickets for the following live shows are available now. The album is due for release on the 21st of August via Memphis record label Stax and Caroline International.  The LP release will be followed by the release of its first single, ‘Look It Here’, on the 28th of August.  

Keep an eye on TGTF for a full review of ‘Look It Here’ coming soon; in the meantime, you can revisit our previous coverage of Nathaniel Rateliff right this way.

Wednesday September 30th 2015 – Bristol Fleece
Thursday October 1st 2015 – Glasgow Stereo
Friday October 2nd 2015 – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
Friday October 16th 2015 – Brighton Patterns
Monday October 19th 2015 – London Village Underground
Tuesday October 20th 2015 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Wednesday October 21st 2015 – Dublin Workman’s Club

 

In the Post #138: Nathaniel Rateliff lets his audience get a little ‘Closer’, the title track of forthcoming EP

 
By on Thursday, 27th November 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

Nathaniel Rateliff is known for his brutally honest, rough-around-the-edges style of songwriting. His themes are often dark, and his music is suitably heavy in tone and color, even when the tempo is a little more upbeat. However, his new recording of live favourite song ‘Closer’ feels lighter and less cumbersome than what I’ve heard from him in the past. It’s the title track from his upcoming EP of the same name, which is billed as “Rateliff at his most stripped back and personal”. And if it’s any indication of what the rest of the EP holds, it is a bit of a change in direction from his last album, ‘Falling Faster Than You Can Run’, which I reviewed here back in January.

Rateliff couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate time to release his winter-themed new single, which with its exposed vocals and minimal instrumentation draws to mind trees stripped bare of their leaves by cold November winds. In fact, the first minute or so of the song is entirely a cappella, with the acoustic guitar melody finally echoing through as if from a distance, even creating a slight discord at times with the vocal line. Rateliff’s lyrics are likewise seasonal and bittersweet, for example, the lines “wishing it was summer / weathering this slow pace / come on, stop crying / wipe the ice from your face / I don’t mind the freeze as long as you’re here to hold me / this blanket of frost has got to melt I know” in the first verse. Despite the thematic chill, Rateliff’s vocal delivery conveys a sense of hopeful warmth. His voice is both richly textured and slightly rough, wrapping around the listener’s ear like a warm scarf as he sings the repeated chorus, “we’re closer now, we’re closer now than we’ve ever been”.

8/10

‘Closer’ is the title track from Nathaniel Rateliff’s new EP, due out on the 26th of January 2015 on Mod y Vi Records. Rateliff will tour the UK and Ireland in January 2015; you can find all the details here.

 

Nathaniel Rateliff / January 2015 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 26th November 2014 at 9:00 am
 

American singer/songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff will be returning to the UK and Ireland at the beginning of 2015 to support his new EP, titled ‘Closer’, due for release on the 26th of January 2015 via Mod y Vi Records. He has scheduled a six-date tour with his full band, comprising Joseph Pope (guitar), Pat Meese (drums) and Mark Shusterman (keys). Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Friday 23rd January 2015 – Dublin Academy 2
Saturday 24th January 2015 – Belfast Limelight 2
Sunday 25th January 2015 – Glasgow Tron Theatre
Tuesday 27th January 2015 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Wednesday 28th January 2015 – Brighton Komedia
Thursday 29th January 2015 – London Bush Hall

 

Album Review: Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run

 
By on Friday, 31st January 2014 at 1:00 pm
 

Falling Faster Than You Can Run coverAmerican folk artist Nathaniel Rateliff is currently in the midst of a tour of the UK and Ireland in support of his second studio album, ‘Falling Faster Than You Can Run’, which was released on the 20th of January. Folk-tinged rock and pop are certainly all the rage thanks to artists like Mumford and Sons and Laura Marling, but Rateliff’s brand of folk music is purer than most, not merely rough around the edges, but coarse and gritty straight to the core.

‘Falling Faster Than You Can Run’ is a soulfully dark collection of songs written from the perspective of a man who has hit rock bottom and lived to tell the tale, but he hasn’t quite pulled himself out of the mire. As a whole, the album reminded me very much of the overwhelming despair in Frightened Rabbit’s most recent full-length record ‘Pedestrian Verse’. With his stocky build and scruffy beard, Rateliff even bears a mild physical resemblance to Scott Hutchison. But instead of a Scottish accent, Rateliff’s music has a distinctly American inflection, with the use of coarse vernacular language, jazz harmonies and heavy acoustic guitar. And while ‘Pedestrian Verse’ is the most extrospective of Frightened Rabbit’s repertoire, ‘Falling Faster Than You Can Run’ feels acutely and painfully personal.

Opening track ‘Still Trying’ immediately represents the main characteristics of the album. Rateliff’s rough gravelly voice sounds like that of a much older man, and his slurred delivery often makes his lyrics difficult to understand. This is particularly unfortunate, as the lyrics I was able to decipher were emotionally powerful if not always elegant, for example, “And if you’re rolling in it long enough your shit won’t even smell” and the roaring repetition of “I don’t know a goddamn thing”.

Vigorous tracks ‘Laborman’ and ‘Nothing to Show For’ save the album from becoming completely entrenched in its own anguished misery. ‘Laborman’ is a Springsteen-esque working man’s tune whose quick tempo and musical energy has the added benefit of clarifying Rateliff’s vocal delivery for one of the album’s best lyrics: “You’ll have to choke down the dust of me left in your mouth. You got the harness, so where you gonna drag me now?”

‘Nothing to Show For’ is resigned to its own despondence, but the pounding four-to-the-floor rhythm between the verses hints at a forward motion also suggested in the lyrics, “You don’t listen, you just talk / Well, leave me in the dark / I don’t wanna know.” The live video version below is, in my opinion, clearer and more effective than the version on the album itself.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7pfEsHQuzU[/youtube]

The main surprises on the album came in the form of jazz harmonies and expanded instrumentation on ‘How To Win” and ‘Right On’. ‘Right On’ was my immediate favorite track on the album, though its smooth warmth and intimacy didn’t quite seem to fit in with the rest. The horns, piano and backing vocals set off the ironically optimistic lyrics, “Well, say that you’re with me / We’ll leave tomorrow / And slip through the daylight / Leave all the sorrow”, with a tiny but poignant sadness, a feeling of wanting to believe the words despite knowing they can’t be true.

Eponymous track ‘Falling Faster Than You Can Run’ is a perfect conclusion to the record. Its broadly arching musical phrases and wider instrumental sound creates a dramatic feeling of inevitable tragedy. The deep, almost spoken, vocal tone Rateliff uses to deliver the line “When I hit the ground, gonna laugh out loud / gonna lay there awhile and stare at the clouds” bring to mind classic American country artists like Johnny Cash.

Fans of the late Man in Black, as well as fans of the aforementioned Laura Marling and Frightened Rabbit, will find much to like in the deep emotional quagmire of ‘Falling Faster Than You Can Run’, while those looking for more of a Mumford-esque folk rock vibe should perhaps turn and run the other way. The painful honesty and poignant sincerity in Rateliff’s performance here would no doubt translate tenfold on a live stage for a listener brave enough to bear it.

7.5/10

‘Falling Faster Than You Can Run’ is available now on Mod y Vi Records.

 

Video of the Moment #1433: Nathaniel Rateliff

 
By on Thursday, 23rd January 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

American folk singer Nathaniel Rateliff just released his second album ‘Falling Faster Than You Can Run’ this past Monday, and here’s a brand new promo from him. The video is simple in its story of life passing you by, but more importantly, it’s backed by the superb track ‘Still Trying’. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjM0xggoY9E[/youtube]

 

Nathaniel Rateliff / January and February 2014 UK and Irish Tour

 
By on Thursday, 5th December 2013 at 9:00 am
 

American folk balladeer Nathaniel Rateliff has just announced a list of UK and Irish dates to mark the release of his second album, ‘Falling Faster Than You Can Run,’ due out on the 20th of January 2014. Rateliff sold out two shows this month in London; if you missed those, your second chance to catch him live comes in the new year. Tickets for the following dates are on sale now.

Monday 20th January 2014 – Belfast McHughs Basement
Tuesday 21st January 2014 – Dublin Academy 2
Thursday 23rd January 2014 – Leeds Belgrave
Friday 24th January 2014 – Liverpool Leaf
Saturday 25th January 2014 – Glasgow Broadcast
Sunday 26th January 2014 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Tuesday 28th January 2014 – London Dingwalls
Wednesday 29th January 2014 – Brighton Green Door Store
Thursday 30th January 2014 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Friday 31st January 2014 – Nottingham Bodega
Saturday 1st February 2014 – Bristol Louisiana

 
 
 

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