Music

2020 is the year of the Rat(boys)

January 9, 2020

“I just had a thought… what if I never came home?” Those are the opening lines of Ratboys’ latest single, “I Go Out At Night,” and they fit right in on the band’s highly-anticipated new album Printer’s Devil, a collection of songs about upheaval, change, and the transformative concept of “home.”

Vocalist/guitarist Julia Steiner (she/her) wrote the majority of Printer’s Devil with guitarist Dave Sagan (he/him) while she was experiencing a dramatic shift in her own foundations, demoing out songs in her Louisville, Kentucky childhood home, which had just been sold and emptied out. “I Go Out At Night” was actually the only ‘older’ song idea she brought to this record; the first verse and main riff of the track being written when she was around 19 or 20.

“We wanted this song to feel different from the rest, something like a daydream or a fantasy. We experimented with synths during the bridge and the outro,” she explains. “I'm extremely happy with how all of the sounds interact - it comforts me for reasons I find hard to describe.”

“I Go Out At Night” is streaming everywhere tomorrow, and an extremely warm and wholesome video for the track is out now: https://youtu.be/EeTcmm_tq7U

“I’m lost, but I’m not afraid.”

As Julia began to write the skeletons of the songs that would make up Printer’s Devil, those six words, originally sung by David Byrne, meant everything. They became the mantra for an album that finds the Chicago band achieving entirely new heights as a four-piece and peaks of vulnerability.  It is undoubtedly their strongest and most cohesive endeavor yet.

Printer’s Devil will be out everywhere on February 28, 2020 and pre-orders are available now from Topshelf Records: tpshlf.co/tsr206

What started as an acoustic duo has finally transformed into a full-scale indie-rock band with a clear identity. As Ratboys enters a new era as a four-piece with drummer Marcus Nuccio and bassist Sean Neumann, the core songwriting pair of Steiner and Sagan can now reach impressive new levels, as is made quite obvious on the album’s massive opening track, “Alien With A Sleep Mask On.”

Printer’s Devil was recorded live at Decade Music Studios in Chicago and was produced by the band and engineer Erik Rasmussen. The result captures the bombastic, electrified fun of their live show in a bottle and showcases their growing chemistry as a tight-knit group.

photo by Johnny Fabrizi

An anachronism for a printer’s apprentice, the phrase “printer’s devil” came serendipitously to Steiner while she and Sagan were demoing in that same house. “I was reading about Walt Whitman and there was this very casual sentence that said Whitman worked as a printer’s devil in a printing house in Brooklyn.” She pauses on the phrase. “I had never seen those two words together. They are both very powerful on their own, and together it was just a complete unknown, a total mystery. One of Whitman’s jobs was to test the ink. I don’t know if this actually happened, but I have a feeling that maybe this was one of the first times he experimented with poetry.”

The title Printer’s Devil symbolizes this journey of new discovery, finding things from one to the other and letting meaning snowball and continuing down that path. On the title track that closes the record, using a simple loop and a repeating chord progression, Steiner slowly inserts abstractions, like testing the ink on the page. The motion continues, the band never breaking from the meditative loop, finding meaning in the smallest things, letting the idea guide the way.

“To be able to embrace a simple idea,” Steiner says, “and follow it where it needs to go, was revolutionary to me.” The song is both a punctuation mark and a cliffhanger. It seems that Ratboys are on the right path, and the journey has just begun.

2/28 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
3/14 Urbana, IL - Rose Bowl Tavern
3/15 Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
3/17-20 Austin, TX - SXSW
3/24 Manitou Springs, CO - Lulu's*
3/26 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court*
3/29 Seattle, WA - Barboza*
3/30 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios*
4/2 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill*
4/3 Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room*
4/4 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo*
4/5 San Diego, CA - Che Cafe*
4/7 Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge*
4/9 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge*

4/29 Pontiac, MI - Pike Room^
4/30 Lakewood, OH - Mahall's^
5/1 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe^
5/2 Toronto, ON - The Monarch^
5/5 Boston, MA - Great Scott^
5/7 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade^
5/8 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's^
5/9 Washington, DC - Songbyrd^
5/10 Richmond, VA - The Camel^
5/12 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Purgatory^
5/13 Nashville, TN - The Hi-Watt^
5/14 Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe^
5/15 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar^
5/16 St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill Duck Room^

* w/ Ellis
^ w/ Another Michael

Music

2020 is the year of the Rat(boys)

January 9, 2020

“I just had a thought… what if I never came home?” Those are the opening lines of Ratboys’ latest single, “I Go Out At Night,” and they fit right in on the band’s highly-anticipated new album Printer’s Devil, a collection of songs about upheaval, change, and the transformative concept of “home.”

Vocalist/guitarist Julia Steiner (she/her) wrote the majority of Printer’s Devil with guitarist Dave Sagan (he/him) while she was experiencing a dramatic shift in her own foundations, demoing out songs in her Louisville, Kentucky childhood home, which had just been sold and emptied out. “I Go Out At Night” was actually the only ‘older’ song idea she brought to this record; the first verse and main riff of the track being written when she was around 19 or 20.

“We wanted this song to feel different from the rest, something like a daydream or a fantasy. We experimented with synths during the bridge and the outro,” she explains. “I'm extremely happy with how all of the sounds interact - it comforts me for reasons I find hard to describe.”

“I Go Out At Night” is streaming everywhere tomorrow, and an extremely warm and wholesome video for the track is out now: https://youtu.be/EeTcmm_tq7U

“I’m lost, but I’m not afraid.”

As Julia began to write the skeletons of the songs that would make up Printer’s Devil, those six words, originally sung by David Byrne, meant everything. They became the mantra for an album that finds the Chicago band achieving entirely new heights as a four-piece and peaks of vulnerability.  It is undoubtedly their strongest and most cohesive endeavor yet.

Printer’s Devil will be out everywhere on February 28, 2020 and pre-orders are available now from Topshelf Records: tpshlf.co/tsr206

What started as an acoustic duo has finally transformed into a full-scale indie-rock band with a clear identity. As Ratboys enters a new era as a four-piece with drummer Marcus Nuccio and bassist Sean Neumann, the core songwriting pair of Steiner and Sagan can now reach impressive new levels, as is made quite obvious on the album’s massive opening track, “Alien With A Sleep Mask On.”

Printer’s Devil was recorded live at Decade Music Studios in Chicago and was produced by the band and engineer Erik Rasmussen. The result captures the bombastic, electrified fun of their live show in a bottle and showcases their growing chemistry as a tight-knit group.

photo by Johnny Fabrizi

An anachronism for a printer’s apprentice, the phrase “printer’s devil” came serendipitously to Steiner while she and Sagan were demoing in that same house. “I was reading about Walt Whitman and there was this very casual sentence that said Whitman worked as a printer’s devil in a printing house in Brooklyn.” She pauses on the phrase. “I had never seen those two words together. They are both very powerful on their own, and together it was just a complete unknown, a total mystery. One of Whitman’s jobs was to test the ink. I don’t know if this actually happened, but I have a feeling that maybe this was one of the first times he experimented with poetry.”

The title Printer’s Devil symbolizes this journey of new discovery, finding things from one to the other and letting meaning snowball and continuing down that path. On the title track that closes the record, using a simple loop and a repeating chord progression, Steiner slowly inserts abstractions, like testing the ink on the page. The motion continues, the band never breaking from the meditative loop, finding meaning in the smallest things, letting the idea guide the way.

“To be able to embrace a simple idea,” Steiner says, “and follow it where it needs to go, was revolutionary to me.” The song is both a punctuation mark and a cliffhanger. It seems that Ratboys are on the right path, and the journey has just begun.

2/28 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
3/14 Urbana, IL - Rose Bowl Tavern
3/15 Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
3/17-20 Austin, TX - SXSW
3/24 Manitou Springs, CO - Lulu's*
3/26 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court*
3/29 Seattle, WA - Barboza*
3/30 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios*
4/2 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill*
4/3 Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room*
4/4 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo*
4/5 San Diego, CA - Che Cafe*
4/7 Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge*
4/9 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge*

4/29 Pontiac, MI - Pike Room^
4/30 Lakewood, OH - Mahall's^
5/1 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe^
5/2 Toronto, ON - The Monarch^
5/5 Boston, MA - Great Scott^
5/7 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade^
5/8 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's^
5/9 Washington, DC - Songbyrd^
5/10 Richmond, VA - The Camel^
5/12 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Purgatory^
5/13 Nashville, TN - The Hi-Watt^
5/14 Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe^
5/15 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar^
5/16 St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill Duck Room^

* w/ Ellis
^ w/ Another Michael

Music

2020 is the year of the Rat(boys)

January 9, 2020

“I just had a thought… what if I never came home?” Those are the opening lines of Ratboys’ latest single, “I Go Out At Night,” and they fit right in on the band’s highly-anticipated new album Printer’s Devil, a collection of songs about upheaval, change, and the transformative concept of “home.”

Vocalist/guitarist Julia Steiner (she/her) wrote the majority of Printer’s Devil with guitarist Dave Sagan (he/him) while she was experiencing a dramatic shift in her own foundations, demoing out songs in her Louisville, Kentucky childhood home, which had just been sold and emptied out. “I Go Out At Night” was actually the only ‘older’ song idea she brought to this record; the first verse and main riff of the track being written when she was around 19 or 20.

“We wanted this song to feel different from the rest, something like a daydream or a fantasy. We experimented with synths during the bridge and the outro,” she explains. “I'm extremely happy with how all of the sounds interact - it comforts me for reasons I find hard to describe.”

“I Go Out At Night” is streaming everywhere tomorrow, and an extremely warm and wholesome video for the track is out now: https://youtu.be/EeTcmm_tq7U

“I’m lost, but I’m not afraid.”

As Julia began to write the skeletons of the songs that would make up Printer’s Devil, those six words, originally sung by David Byrne, meant everything. They became the mantra for an album that finds the Chicago band achieving entirely new heights as a four-piece and peaks of vulnerability.  It is undoubtedly their strongest and most cohesive endeavor yet.

Printer’s Devil will be out everywhere on February 28, 2020 and pre-orders are available now from Topshelf Records: tpshlf.co/tsr206

What started as an acoustic duo has finally transformed into a full-scale indie-rock band with a clear identity. As Ratboys enters a new era as a four-piece with drummer Marcus Nuccio and bassist Sean Neumann, the core songwriting pair of Steiner and Sagan can now reach impressive new levels, as is made quite obvious on the album’s massive opening track, “Alien With A Sleep Mask On.”

Printer’s Devil was recorded live at Decade Music Studios in Chicago and was produced by the band and engineer Erik Rasmussen. The result captures the bombastic, electrified fun of their live show in a bottle and showcases their growing chemistry as a tight-knit group.

photo by Johnny Fabrizi

An anachronism for a printer’s apprentice, the phrase “printer’s devil” came serendipitously to Steiner while she and Sagan were demoing in that same house. “I was reading about Walt Whitman and there was this very casual sentence that said Whitman worked as a printer’s devil in a printing house in Brooklyn.” She pauses on the phrase. “I had never seen those two words together. They are both very powerful on their own, and together it was just a complete unknown, a total mystery. One of Whitman’s jobs was to test the ink. I don’t know if this actually happened, but I have a feeling that maybe this was one of the first times he experimented with poetry.”

The title Printer’s Devil symbolizes this journey of new discovery, finding things from one to the other and letting meaning snowball and continuing down that path. On the title track that closes the record, using a simple loop and a repeating chord progression, Steiner slowly inserts abstractions, like testing the ink on the page. The motion continues, the band never breaking from the meditative loop, finding meaning in the smallest things, letting the idea guide the way.

“To be able to embrace a simple idea,” Steiner says, “and follow it where it needs to go, was revolutionary to me.” The song is both a punctuation mark and a cliffhanger. It seems that Ratboys are on the right path, and the journey has just begun.

2/28 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
3/14 Urbana, IL - Rose Bowl Tavern
3/15 Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
3/17-20 Austin, TX - SXSW
3/24 Manitou Springs, CO - Lulu's*
3/26 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court*
3/29 Seattle, WA - Barboza*
3/30 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios*
4/2 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill*
4/3 Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room*
4/4 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo*
4/5 San Diego, CA - Che Cafe*
4/7 Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge*
4/9 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge*

4/29 Pontiac, MI - Pike Room^
4/30 Lakewood, OH - Mahall's^
5/1 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe^
5/2 Toronto, ON - The Monarch^
5/5 Boston, MA - Great Scott^
5/7 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade^
5/8 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's^
5/9 Washington, DC - Songbyrd^
5/10 Richmond, VA - The Camel^
5/12 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Purgatory^
5/13 Nashville, TN - The Hi-Watt^
5/14 Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe^
5/15 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar^
5/16 St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill Duck Room^

* w/ Ellis
^ w/ Another Michael