Music

Bernie Sanders endorses Ratboys

February 10, 2020

If you were going to show a stranger any one song from Ratboys upcoming LP Printer’s Devil in an attempt tot them into the band, “Anj” would likely be the best choice. Streaming everywhere today, the track makes excellent use of the band's new full-time rhythm section as vocalist Julia Steiner (she/her) coyly examines the ever-changing nature of relationships as you progress into adulthood.


“Anj is the first song we wrote for the record,” Julia explains. “It tells the story of my childhood babysitter, a woman named Angie (Anj for short) who watched my siblings and I while my parents worked full time. The verses recall little moments when she held me and comforted me when I was a tiny baby and then eventually as I grew into a small child.”


“As time has passed and I’ve gotten older, I’ve kept in touch with Anj, and I’ve noticed our relationship changing. One time when we got together recently, she confided in me about some trauma she had experienced. It was a fundamental role reversal — she spoke to me not just as a fellow adult, but really she leaned on me for support and comfort in that moment.”


“I did my best to listen and be there for her, to return the gesture of reassurance and love. And I think I needed to write this song to honor that experience. To say out loud for once and for all that I’m — that we’re — not alone.”

“Anj” is just one of the many standout moments on Printer’s Devil. From the bombastic opener “Alien With A Sleep Mask On” to the daydream indie-pop of “I Go Out At Night,” each single they’ve released since initially announcing the LP back in November has quickly proven that this is a band ready to step into their long-overdue spotlight.

Printer’s Devil is out everywhere on February 28, the same night the Chicago band will kick off their headlining tour at the city’s famed Lincoln Hall. Pre-orders for the LP are available here, and tickets for the show are on sale now.

Julia 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. It contributed heavily to the overwhelming themes of upheaval, change, and the transformative concept of “home” that appear all over Printer’s Devil.


“It was a little eerie,” she explained to UPROXX’s Steven Hyden in a recent interview. “Sleeping there and hearing all the creaks and cracks of the house, and just knowing that time passes. And yeah, in a few days you’re going to leave and that’s it. You will never come back.”

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 Fabrizio

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

Bernie Sanders endorses Ratboys

February 10, 2020

If you were going to show a stranger any one song from Ratboys upcoming LP Printer’s Devil in an attempt tot them into the band, “Anj” would likely be the best choice. Streaming everywhere today, the track makes excellent use of the band's new full-time rhythm section as vocalist Julia Steiner (she/her) coyly examines the ever-changing nature of relationships as you progress into adulthood.


“Anj is the first song we wrote for the record,” Julia explains. “It tells the story of my childhood babysitter, a woman named Angie (Anj for short) who watched my siblings and I while my parents worked full time. The verses recall little moments when she held me and comforted me when I was a tiny baby and then eventually as I grew into a small child.”


“As time has passed and I’ve gotten older, I’ve kept in touch with Anj, and I’ve noticed our relationship changing. One time when we got together recently, she confided in me about some trauma she had experienced. It was a fundamental role reversal — she spoke to me not just as a fellow adult, but really she leaned on me for support and comfort in that moment.”


“I did my best to listen and be there for her, to return the gesture of reassurance and love. And I think I needed to write this song to honor that experience. To say out loud for once and for all that I’m — that we’re — not alone.”

“Anj” is just one of the many standout moments on Printer’s Devil. From the bombastic opener “Alien With A Sleep Mask On” to the daydream indie-pop of “I Go Out At Night,” each single they’ve released since initially announcing the LP back in November has quickly proven that this is a band ready to step into their long-overdue spotlight.

Printer’s Devil is out everywhere on February 28, the same night the Chicago band will kick off their headlining tour at the city’s famed Lincoln Hall. Pre-orders for the LP are available here, and tickets for the show are on sale now.

Julia 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. It contributed heavily to the overwhelming themes of upheaval, change, and the transformative concept of “home” that appear all over Printer’s Devil.


“It was a little eerie,” she explained to UPROXX’s Steven Hyden in a recent interview. “Sleeping there and hearing all the creaks and cracks of the house, and just knowing that time passes. And yeah, in a few days you’re going to leave and that’s it. You will never come back.”

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 Fabrizio

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

Bernie Sanders endorses Ratboys

February 20, 2020

If you were going to show a stranger any one song from Ratboys upcoming LP Printer’s Devil in an attempt tot them into the band, “Anj” would likely be the best choice. Streaming everywhere today, the track makes excellent use of the band's new full-time rhythm section as vocalist Julia Steiner (she/her) coyly examines the ever-changing nature of relationships as you progress into adulthood.


“Anj is the first song we wrote for the record,” Julia explains. “It tells the story of my childhood babysitter, a woman named Angie (Anj for short) who watched my siblings and I while my parents worked full time. The verses recall little moments when she held me and comforted me when I was a tiny baby and then eventually as I grew into a small child.”


“As time has passed and I’ve gotten older, I’ve kept in touch with Anj, and I’ve noticed our relationship changing. One time when we got together recently, she confided in me about some trauma she had experienced. It was a fundamental role reversal — she spoke to me not just as a fellow adult, but really she leaned on me for support and comfort in that moment.”


“I did my best to listen and be there for her, to return the gesture of reassurance and love. And I think I needed to write this song to honor that experience. To say out loud for once and for all that I’m — that we’re — not alone.”

“Anj” is just one of the many standout moments on Printer’s Devil. From the bombastic opener “Alien With A Sleep Mask On” to the daydream indie-pop of “I Go Out At Night,” each single they’ve released since initially announcing the LP back in November has quickly proven that this is a band ready to step into their long-overdue spotlight.

Printer’s Devil is out everywhere on February 28, the same night the Chicago band will kick off their headlining tour at the city’s famed Lincoln Hall. Pre-orders for the LP are available here, and tickets for the show are on sale now.

Julia 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. It contributed heavily to the overwhelming themes of upheaval, change, and the transformative concept of “home” that appear all over Printer’s Devil.


“It was a little eerie,” she explained to UPROXX’s Steven Hyden in a recent interview. “Sleeping there and hearing all the creaks and cracks of the house, and just knowing that time passes. And yeah, in a few days you’re going to leave and that’s it. You will never come back.”

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 Fabrizio

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