Friday, June 30, 2023

Ratboys - "The Window"

Photo by Alexa Viscius

I keep saying 2023 is the year some of our favorite bands are levelling up, and I'm going to put Ratboys in that category with their latest single. "The Window" starts off as a gorgeous and heartbreaking power ballad of the folk pop variety. About half way through, it kicks into gear and shifts into a more indie rock/power pop track with the guitars matching singer Julia Steiner's emotions. We've been fans of the Chicago band for a while, and this is such a powerful and emotional song. Even without knowing the story behind it, "The Window" will sweep you up and hold you completely in its grasp for four and a half minutes.

Julia Steiner explains the story behind the band's new song:

“I wrote this song a few days after the death of my grandma in June of 2020. She didn’t have covid, but because of the pandemic my grandpa wasn’t able to visit her in person at the nursing home to say goodbye. He ended up standing outside her room and saying goodbye through an open window. A lot of the lyrics are direct quotes of things he said to her in those final moments.”

You can watch the video for "The Window" below. The album The Window is due out August 25 on Topshelf Records, and is available for pre-order here. For more on Ratboys, check out the band's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.

Fri. Aug. 25 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern - SOLD OUTThu. Sep. 21 - Champaign-Urbana, IL @ Pygmalion FestivalFri. Sep. 22 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe *Sat. Sep. 23 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd *Tue. Sep. 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s *Wed. Sep. 27 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *Thu. Sep. 28 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *Fri. Sep. 29 - Montreal, QC @ POP Montreal ^Sat. Sep. 30 - Toronto, ON @ Monarch Tavern ^Mon. Oct. 2 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Bottlerocket Social Hall *Tue. Oct. 3 - Cleveland, OH @ No Class *Wed. Oct. 4 - Ferndale, MI @ Magic Bag *Fri. Oct. 6 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *Sat. Oct. 7 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Back Room at Colectivo Coffee *Thu. Oct. 19 - Omaha, NE @ Reverb &Sat. Oct. 21 - Denver, CO @ Globe Hall &Sun. Oct. 22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court &Tue. Oct. 24 - Seattle, WA @ Madame Lou’s &Wed. Oct. 25 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios &Fri. Oct. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe du Nord &Sat. Oct. 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room Highland Park &Sun. Oct. 29 - San Diego, CA @ The Loft at UC San Diego &Mon. Oct. 30 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room &Tue. Oct. 31 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar &Thu. Nov. 2 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger &Fri. Nov. 3 - Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room & Garage &Sat. Nov. 4 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada &Fri. Dec. 22 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall * =w/ Free Range&=w/ Another Michael^=w/ Ellis



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