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Ratboys are happy to take things at their own pace on new song “Westside”

30 May 2017, 16:00 | Written by Jake Hawkes

Hailing from Chicago, Ratboys make their own brand of indie rock that’s mixed up with just a dash of Country flavouring.

New track “Westside” is a stunning example of just how good this mix can be, with a strung-out, dreamy feeling that's as if the whole track has been dipped in sepia.

Julie Steiner’s vocals drift along and hang in the air in a manner not too dissimilar to Kurt Vile’s relaxed delivery, whilst lyrics like “I fall asleep to the memories / Of my dreams” only add to the woozy nature of the song. This isn’t to say “Westside” is directionless, though. The track gently builds towards a crescendo throughout, with the guitar gaining more and more prominence until it eventually dominates the song; a blinding sunset to cap off the musical equivalent of a hazy August afternoon.

“Westside” is from Ratboys' new album GN, out 30 June via Topshelf Records.
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