Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (from the album Tearing at the Seams available on Stax Records)
There is never a straight line between goal points in life. Nathaniel Rateliff and Night Sweat bassist Joseph Pope III walked dusty back roads in their Hermann, Missouri hometown talking about music. The pair moved to Denver, circling the Soul and R&B of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats that seems such a natural fit. After interest in band projects, Nathaniel Rateliff found success in his Folkier Rounder Records releases though once Soul music tapped him on the shoulder and asked for a dance, musical chemistry dosed the songs. Joseph Pope III recalls ‘that old soul stuff meant a lot to him when we were young. Of all the projects we had done and all the different genres we had played, this was the most natural thing I’d heard him do. It sounded like it came from a really deep place in him, but it took this really meandering path to come through’.
Tearing at the Seams, the recent release from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, shows its love for classic sounds. Tearing at the Seams, a full band recording project, gladly shares record collection influences as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats provide a Rock’n’Soul backbeat for 2018 (“A Little Honey”), smooth out grooves with an edge of electricity (“Intro”), lay country guitar riffs over southern folk rock (“Say It Louder”), and cruising on modern-day R&B through chrome and polish Bladerunner city streets (“Shoe Boot”). Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats sequestered themselves in sand and solitude when they took a week to write songs for Tearing at the Seams in Rodeo, New Mexico. The band are joined in two tracks on the album by Brooklyn Folk-Pop group, Lucius, the combo percolating on a rolling rhythm with “Coolin’ Out” and in the sweeping Soul march of “Baby I Know”. Tearing at the Seams stomps and hollers on the handclap rhythm of “Be There” and confesses “Your Worry Me” on a bassline rumble while Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats preach history to fingerpoint at a dicey future against the pattering piano of “I’ll Be Damned” and snake dance on a wiggling melody promising “Baby I Lost My Way (But I’m Going Home)”.
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