Ratboys have been recording and releasing music for over a decade, but their newest album, The Window (Topshelf Records), marks a number of firsts for the band. For starters, it was the first time they’d ever traveled outside their home base of Chicago to record an album, journeying to Seattle to work with producer Chris Walla for three weeks. It was also the first time they’d ever written an album collaboratively from start to finish, having added full-time members Sean Neumann on bass and Marcus Nuccio on drums in recent years. The new approaches to writing and recording are immediately apparent on The Window, which showcases the fullest, most expansive version of Ratboys’ sound.
Chicago based indie-rock band, Ratboys, recently played Cafe du Nord in SF and Gloop was there to get the scoop on the group’s latest album and current U.S. // European tour. Tune in on Monday, November 27th @ 8:30pm to hear their conversation.
After more than ten years and four studio albums together, The Window finally captures Ratboys as they were always meant to be heard—expansive while still intimate, audacious while still tender. But most importantly, The Window is the sound of friends operating as a single, cohesive unit. “My dream ever since I started writing songs was to be in a band—a proper band with a consistent lineup,” says frontwoman Julia Steiner. “To finally have the chance to play with dear friends who are fully committed, it was all I could ever ask for.”