ASFTD #167 – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – S.O.B.


Who are they?: Nathaniel Rateliff from Denver in the U.S. is best known for his critically acclaimed 2010 solo record ‘In Memory of Loss’ (although I’ve not heard it). Here, he has returned with both a brand new band and sound; his band being The Night Sweats, a 7 piece soul outfit.  Together, they are Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.

What do it sound like?: Think of a gospel choir & think of the genre that is soul, throw in an upbeat chorus that is catchy as hell and some lyrics about getting this guy a drink and you’ve kinda got what it’s all about. It’s bloody great and that’s all you need to know.

When is their next release?: Soon! Their first release as a group, the ‘Howling At Nothing EP’, is available both digitally and on a 10″ vinyl from June 29th on the Stax label.

Where can you see them?: In Manchester, at The Deaf Institute, this Sunday!  Tickets are still available here. They also play The Lexington in London on Monday, but that has sold out.

What does their PR say about them?: Whilst drawing inspiration from Soul greats such as Sam & Dave and Otis Redding, multi-instrumentalist Rateliff puts his own unique touch on the genre. Upbeat melodies are juxtaposed with the deeply personal and introspective lyrics that have become Nathaniel’s trademark over the years. True to form, he continues to write the often brutally honest lyrics that have already won him a legion of dedicated fans across the UK.

“These songs are about the struggles I’ve had in my life—drinking too much, that kind of crap,” he says with characteristic candor. “And then the relationships we all have. I’m not a great communicator in my personal life, so it’s funny to be writing songs that say the things that I’m never very good at saying.”