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Ratboys

soooo stoked to hit the road w/ Vundabar early next year! WEST COAST friends, we're finally comin' back for ya! srsly can't wait ❤️

here's the route:
3/2 Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel
3/3 Boston, MA - The Sinclair
3/6 Philadelphia, PA - Philamoca
3/7 Washington, DC - DC9
3/8 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
3/9 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
3/10 Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover
3/11 Orlando, FL - Will's Pub
3/13 New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa
3/14-3/16 Austin, TX - SXSW
3/17 Dallas, TX - Not So Fun Weekend
3/20 Denver, CO - Lost Lake
3/21 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
3/22 Boise, ID - Treefort Festival
3/23 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
3/24 Seattle, WA - Barboza
3/27 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Shop
3/28 San Luis Obispo, CA - Slo Brew
3/30 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
3/31 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
4/1 Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge
4/5 Madison, WI - The Frequency
4/6 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
4/8 Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
4/11 Toronto, ON - Hard Luck
4/12 Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz
4/13 Burlington, VT - Artsriot
4/14 Portland, ME - Space Gallery

tix go on sale this Wednesday 12/6 🤘🏻🐭🤘🏻 grab yrs at ratboysband.com !!
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soooo stoked to hit the road w/ Vundabar early next year! WEST COAST friends, were finally comin back for ya! srsly cant wait ❤️

heres the route: 
3/2 Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel
3/3 Boston, MA - The Sinclair
3/6 Philadelphia, PA - Philamoca 
3/7 Washington, DC - DC9
3/8 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
3/9 Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
3/10 Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover
3/11 Orlando, FL - Wills Pub
3/13 New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa
3/14-3/16 Austin, TX - SXSW
3/17 Dallas, TX - Not So Fun Weekend
3/20 Denver, CO - Lost Lake
3/21 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
3/22 Boise, ID - Treefort Festival
3/23 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
3/24 Seattle, WA - Barboza
3/27 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Shop
3/28 San Luis Obispo, CA - Slo Brew
3/30 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
3/31 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar 
4/1 Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge 
4/5 Madison, WI - The Frequency
4/6 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
4/8 Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
4/11 Toronto, ON - Hard Luck
4/12 Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz
4/13 Burlington, VT - Artsriot
4/14 Portland, ME - Space Gallery

tix go on sale this Wednesday 12/6 🤘🏻🐭🤘🏻 grab yrs at ratboysband.com !!

 

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cool yr playing Treefort Music Fest 2018! and you announced it before they did eek!

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Heck yeah 😎

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I’m gonna be out of the country 😢😢

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1 week ago

Ratboys

here we are playing a stripped down version of 'Control' at DZ Records 🤘🏻☺️🤘🏻

thanks so much to Ben & everyone there for having us back! the lights were so sick

youtu.be/YqaJanBjf8cRecorded live at DZ Records 11-18-2017 ratboys.bandcamp.com Julia Steiner - Vocals and Guitar Dave Sagan - Guitar Filmed by Ashley Mavros, Ben Arguel...
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Diet Cig - (Rescheduled for 12/13) - The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls

Diet Cig - (Rescheduled for 12/13) - The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls

Dec 13, 7:00pm - Dec 14, 3:00am

The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls
400 Lincoln Ave, 2nd Floor
Millvale, PA  15209 Map

Mr. Smalls Presents
Diet Cig
with special guests Rue & Scratchy Blanket

Due to illness this show has been reschedule to December 13. All tickets will be transferred but refunds will be made available to anyone who can no longer attend.

Wed, December 13, 2017
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls
Pittsburgh, PA

TICKETS: $12.00 - $14.00
Tickets on sale now - ticketfly.com!
This event is all ages

378 interested  ·  95 going
Ratboys at Mahalls (01/12)

Ratboys at Mahall's (01/12)

Jan 12, 7:00pm

Mahall's
13200 Madison Ave
Lakewood, OH  44107 Map

Jan 12

Ratboys
Curtail
The Scuzzballs
Failed Astronauts

Mahall's (locker room)
7PM - $10 adv / $12 dos

126 interested  ·  42 going
Snail Mail w/ Stef Chura, Ratboys, Lomelda, Bunny

Snail Mail w/ Stef Chura, Ratboys, Lomelda, Bunny

Jan 19, 8:00pm - Jan 20, 5:00am

Schubas Tavern
3159 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL  60657 Map

Schubas | Fri., Jan. 19 | 8:00 PM | 18+ | $15

Tomorrow Never Knows Presents:
Snail Mail: snailmailbaltimore.bandcamp.com
Stef Chura: stefchuraband.bandcamp.com
Ratboys: ratboys.bandcamp.com
Lomelda: lomelda.bandcamp.com
Bunny: soundcloud.com/bunnychicago

683 interested  ·  123 going
Art of Live Fest: Diane Coffee, Ratboys, The Potomac Accord

Art of Live Fest: Diane Coffee, Ratboys, The Potomac Accord

Jan 20, 7:00pm - Jan 21, 5:45am

The Ready Room
4195 Manchester Ave
St. Louis, MO  63110 Map

Schlafly Beer Presents!

Diane Coffee & Ratboys with The Potomac Accord
Part of Art of Live Festival
Saturday, January 20th
at The Ready Room

Doors 7pm Show 8pm
$10 Advance $12 Day of Show
All Ages

47 interested  ·  20 going
Vundabar, Ratboys at Market Hotel

Vundabar, Ratboys at Market Hotel

Mar 2, 8:30pm

MARKET HOTEL
1140 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY  11221 Map

Friday, March 2nd @ MARKET HOTEL

AdHoc Presents

Vundabar
Ratboys

Tickets on-sale Wed. 12/6 at noon: ticketf.ly/2iiwl4U

| Market Hotel |
1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
JMZ-Myrtle Bway | 8pm | $12+ | all ages

Check out our calendar and sign up for our mailing list adhocpresents.com/

315 interested  ·  48 going
Vundabar at PhilaMOCA

Vundabar at PhilaMOCA

Mar 6, 8:30pm

PhilaMOCA
531 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA  19123 Map

Get tickets: ticketf.ly/2jUd8H1

Vundabar

There's somewhat of a paradox inherent in Vundabar's songwriting - a conflicting sense of nostalgia contrasted with the realization that they couldn't sound more current. The music they make feels like something that should have been heard a long time ago, while simultaneously continuing to forge ahead sonically. Vundabar's high energy live show is the stand out quality of this band and is an art they’ve undoubtedly perfected by touring non-stop around the country. Vundabar’s shows never fail to be captivating, complete with infectious jams, guitar moves galore, intricate drum work, and humorous stage banter to top it all off, the band has become known for putting on an entertaining show.

Ratboys

Born out of fierce friendship and a mutual affection for melody, Chicago’s Ratboys – anchored by the partnership of Julia Steiner and Dave Sagan – aims to ‘write songs that tell stories and honor the intimacy of memory,’ according to Steiner.

GN, the group’s second full-length album via Topshelf Records, offers a bevy of tales, laments and triumphs, which recount near-tragedies by the train tracks, crippling episodes of loneliness, remembrances of a deceased family pet with freezer burn, and on and on. The songs shift and breathe as worlds all their own, tied together by the group’s self-proclaimed ‘post-country’ sound, which combines moments of distortion and a DIY aesthetic with a devotion to simple songwriting and ties to the Americana sounds of years past.

Drawing influence from the down-to-earth sincerity of late-90s Sheryl Crow and the confessional confidence of Kim Deal and Jenny Lewis, the songs on GN (aka ‘goodnight’) “largely detail experiences of saying goodbye, finding your way home, and then figuring out what the hell to do once you’re back,” says Steiner. The songs chosen to close both sides of the record – the slow-burning ‘Crying About the Planets’ and quizzical ‘Peter the Wild Boy’ – unpack the respective journeys of two real people who were quite literally lost and found. ‘’Crying’ tells the survival story of Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson from a first-person perspective, and ‘Peter’ reflects on the life of a feral child in Germany who was eventually adopted by the King of England,’ according to Steiner. ‘Writing as and about these people is the best way I can attempt to empathize with them and really just wrap my mind around these bits of history that otherwise might not get talked about. And it helps me understand my own experiences a little bit better,’ she says.

Certain personal stories – the tour adventures recapped in ‘GM,’ the struggle to learn to show affection as divulged in ‘Molly’ – find Ratboys just as eagerly exploring subject matter that comes from within, and then illustrating the highs and lows with soaring hooks and plaintive ones. Even in the moments that lie somewhere between bliss and misery, a tension persists between Steiner’s sweet vocal delivery and Sagan’s physical, almost-off-the-hinges guitar playing that lends each song a deeper sense of color and movement.

�Steiner and Sagan felt the impulse to make music together from the get-go – they first met as university students, quickly put out an EP together, and started performing as an acoustic two-piece in dorm rooms and backyards. During the next few years, the friends traveled separately, eventually reunited, and recorded what would become the first Ratboys record, AOID, which the folks at GoldFlakePaint describe as ‘a gleaming, joyous, raucous display of melodic indie-rock.’

�After a year and a half of touring the US and Europe as a plugged-in full band (featuring the additions of drums, bass, and trumpet), the members of Ratboys returned to Chicago and holed up at Atlas Studios for two weeks to record with engineer Mikey Crotty (who had previously worked with the group on the songs ‘Not Again’ and ‘Light Pollution’). ‘This time around, we were lucky enough to feature the talents of friends who play the pedal steel, accordion, cello and violin to give the songs an extra something,’ says Steiner. ‘Dave finally got to show off his ridiculous skills on the pocket piano, and the whole thing felt like one big loving experiment.’

Those good times and long days yielded the 10 songs that make up GN, which Evan Hall of Pinegrove calls ‘a delectable chapter in the Ratboys story.’

Venue Information:
PhilaMOCA
531 North 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
www.philamoca.org/
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Vundabar with Ratboys at DC9 Nightclub

Vundabar with Ratboys at DC9 Nightclub

Mar 7, 8:00pm

DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th St NW
Washington, DC  20001 Map

Vundabar at DC9 Nightclub
w/ Ratboys

73 interested  ·  4 going
Vundabar, Rat Boys at Wills Pub

Vundabar, Rat Boys at Will's Pub

Mar 11, 8:00pm

Will's Pub
1042 N Mills Ave
Orlando, FL  32803 Map

Vundabar
Rat Boys

Sunday, March 11th at Will's Pub
Event tickets at foryourfriends.net

Presented by For Your Friends Booking / Norsekorea presents
*This event is 18+*

61 interested  ·  16 going
Vundabar plus Ratboys at Gasa Gasa | NOLA

Vundabar plus Ratboys at Gasa Gasa | NOLA

Mar 13, 8:30pm

Gasa Gasa
4920 Freret St
New Orleans, LA  70115 Map

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The Bowery Presents South: Vundabar + Ratboys
at Gasa Gasa

8:00PM DOORS
8:30PM SHOW
Ages: 18+

Tickets ON-SALE Wednesday Dec 6th at NOON CST

VUNDABAR
vundabar.bandcamp.com/
There's somewhat of a paradox inherent in Vundabar's songwriting - a conflicting sense of nostalgia contrasted with the realization that they couldn't sound more current. The music they make feels like something that should have been heard a long time ago, while simultaneously continuing to forge ahead sonically. Vundabar's high energy live show is the stand out quality of this band and is an art they’ve undoubtedly perfected by touring non-stop around the country. Vundabar’s shows never fail to be captivating, complete with infectious jams, guitar moves galore, intricate drum work, and humorous stage banter to top it all off, the band has become known for putting on an entertaining show.

RATBOYS
www.ratboysband.com/
Born out of fierce friendship and a mutual affection for melody, Chicago’s Ratboys – anchored by the partnership of Julia Steiner and Dave Sagan – aims to ‘write songs that tell stories and honor the intimacy of memory,’ according to Steiner.

GN, the group’s second full-length album via Topshelf Records, offers a bevy of tales, laments and triumphs, which recount near-tragedies by the train tracks, crippling episodes of loneliness, remembrances of a deceased family pet with freezer burn, and on and on. The songs shift and breathe as worlds all their own, tied together by the group’s self-proclaimed ‘post-country’ sound, which combines moments of distortion and a DIY aesthetic with a devotion to simple songwriting and ties to the Americana sounds of years past.

Drawing influence from the down-to-earth sincerity of late-90s Sheryl Crow and the confessional confidence of Kim Deal and Jenny Lewis, the songs on GN (aka ‘goodnight’) “largely detail experiences of saying goodbye, finding your way home, and then figuring out what the hell to do once you’re back,” says Steiner. The songs chosen to close both sides of the record – the slow-burning ‘Crying About the Planets’ and quizzical ‘Peter the Wild Boy’ – unpack the respective journeys of two real people who were quite literally lost and found. ‘’Crying’ tells the survival story of Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson from a first-person perspective, and ‘Peter’ reflects on the life of a feral child in Germany who was eventually adopted by the King of England,’ according to Steiner. ‘Writing as and about these people is the best way I can attempt to empathize with them and really just wrap my mind around these bits of history that otherwise might not get talked about. And it helps me understand my own experiences a little bit better,’ she says.

Certain personal stories – the tour adventures recapped in ‘GM,’ the struggle to learn to show affection as divulged in ‘Molly’ – find Ratboys just as eagerly exploring subject matter that comes from within, and then illustrating the highs and lows with soaring hooks and plaintive ones. Even in the moments that lie somewhere between bliss and misery, a tension persists between Steiner’s sweet vocal delivery and Sagan’s physical, almost-off-the-hinges guitar playing that lends each song a deeper sense of color and movement.

�Steiner and Sagan felt the impulse to make music together from the get-go – they first met as university students, quickly put out an EP together, and started performing as an acoustic two-piece in dorm rooms and backyards. During the next few years, the friends traveled separately, eventually reunited, and recorded what would become the first Ratboys record, AOID, which the folks at GoldFlakePaint describe as ‘a gleaming, joyous, raucous display of melodic indie-rock.’

�After a year and a half of touring the US and Europe as a plugged-in full band (featuring the additions of drums, bass, and trumpet), the members of Ratboys returned to Chicago and holed up at Atlas Studios for two weeks to record with engineer Mikey Crotty (who had previously worked with the group on the songs ‘Not Again’ and ‘Light Pollution’). ‘This time around, we were lucky enough to feature the talents of friends who play the pedal steel, accordion, cello and violin to give the songs an extra something,’ says Steiner. ‘Dave finally got to show off his ridiculous skills on the pocket piano, and the whole thing felt like one big loving experiment.’

Those good times and long days yielded the 10 songs that make up GN, which Evan Hall of Pinegrove calls ‘a delectable chapter in the Ratboys story.’
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NSFWknd: Basement * Vundabar * Ratboys

NSFWknd: Basement * Vundabar * Ratboys

Mar 17, 7:00pm - Mar 18, 4:59am

Trees Dallas
2709 Elm St
Dallas, TX  75226 Map

GET TICKETS AT TREESDALLAS.COM

Parade of Flesh #NSFWknd with Basement, Vundabar, Ratboys

Basement
www.facebook.com/Basementuk/
www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7FCxJ61DDY
Since abruptly announcing an indefinite hiatus only weeks after the release of 2012’s breakthrough LP Colourmeinkindness, the band has gained an intensely devoted following. The record has since gone on to sell over 25,000 copies worldwide in the absence of live dates or press coverage. In 2014, the band found time amongst other obligations to write and record the EP Further Sky. Immediately inspired by the creative chemistry they felt, Basement was ready to work on something more significant and more permanent.

Promise Everything is the band’s return full-length writing and recording since the break. Sonically, the record breaks progressive new ground for Basement despite the creative process sharing much in common with previous endeavors. Challenged by the spacing out of members not only across the country, but across the globe, Promise Everything was written by piecing together songs from different members, sent back and forth over a short period of time. Without the luxury of a shared space or even a convenient time zone, the songs were only ever played by the full band while in the studio. Perhaps this is why on listening, Promise Everything feels like a conversation between different people, revealing different moods and feelings throughout.

This conversation shifts and evolves, filtering subtle, tasteful alternative rock touchstones through the band’s unmatched melodic lens. More clearly aggressive songs like “Brother’s Keeper” and title track, “Promise Everything” situate Basement at the forefront of the rock world, pairing that aggression with an inherent sense of melody. Where on the band’s previous album Colourmeinkindness, songs like “Spoiled” focused more on aggression and lyrical content, Promise Everything takes a more melodic approach. On Promise Everything‘s standout track “Aquasun,” lyrical flow and melody overtake the listener while overt meaning gives way to musicality and its nuance. Tracks like “Submission” or the chorus in “Lose Your Grip” follow suit, challenging the listener to explore the songs aurally as a whole, rather than piece by piece. As a result, Promise Everything feels more complete than previous efforts and the songs feel like they are truly part of the same group. Despite years spent apart, it would seem Basement’s musical conversation has always lingered – and as their first true cohesive document, Promise Everything is only the beginning.
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Vundabar, Ratboys

Vundabar, Ratboys

Mar 21, 7:00pm

Kilby Court
741 S Kilby Ct
Salt Lake City, UT  84101 Map

Tickets: $10 ADV / $12 DOS

From 2014 to 2017, Vundabar's Brandon Hagen cared for a loved one that had fallen into a debilitating state of mental and physical decline. For four years his sickness and the eventual loss that followed became the focal point of Hagen’s life as well as his family’s. It was the bell jar under which they lived. Hagen was fractured into two selves; one, largely insular, racked by grief and loss and the other putting it on, touring relentlessly and hoping to be as affable as possible lest he ruin the opportunities at hand. These were the fencings and borders he made for himself and for a time he let them stand. He presented a shell of charisma and withdrew into isolation and despair, convinced he was doing right by the old dogma of stoicism. He didn’t tell a soul out of shame and embarrassment; whose he didn’t know.

Unsurprisingly these two poles couldn’t stand for long. The tension bore down on Hagen’s skull until it felt something might break. It reared its ugly head from time to time. He became withdrawn, irritable and inactive and suffered more than one nervous break. It came to a point where he had to deal with it or it was going to deal with him.

In reflection Hagen realized the point that had led his loved one to a collapse and subsequent dissolution held parallels to his own. As a child, bereft of stability, he created a larger than life persona to live within. He buried his insecurities and traumas deep and kept them there for most of his adult life, until, unable to maintain the house on stilts he’d built for himself, he collapsed completely. And here Hagen was in the face of this loss, about to repeat the cycle.

Hagen wondered was this stoicism, this shame, this impasse even his own or had it been pressed upon him. From the earliest memories of boyhood he could recall one of the most integral attributes of male-ness being an ability to suppress emotion. Concealment was touted as a point of pride and here he watched as it leveled the one who held it in his hand.

'Smell Smoke', the band's anticipated 2018 follow up to their breakout 2015 album 'Gawk,' is an attempt at openness and vulnerability. It’s an attempt at unlearning. It’s a document of grief; a child crying into the dark.
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Vundabar, Ratboys at Mississippi Studios

Vundabar, Ratboys at Mississippi Studios

Mar 23, 9:00pm

Mississippi Studios
3939 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR  97227 Map

Vundabar at Mississippi Studios

45 interested  ·  21 going
Vundabar / Ratboys / TBA at Rickshaw Stop

Vundabar / Ratboys / TBA at Rickshaw Stop

Mar 27, 8:00pm - Mar 28, 7:30am

Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA  94102 Map

VUNDABAR
Ratboys
opener tba
8 pm
$10/12

VUNDABAR
There's somewhat of a paradox inherent in Vundabar's songwriting - a conflicting sense of nostalgia contrasted with the realization that they couldn't sound more current. The music they make feels like something that should have been heard a long time ago, while simultaneously continuing to forge ahead sonically. Vundabar's high energy live show is the stand out quality of this band and is an art they’ve undoubtedly perfected by touring non-stop around the country. Vundabar’s shows never fail to be captivating, complete with infectious jams, guitar moves galore, intricate drum work, and humorous stage banter to top it all off, the band has become known for putting on an entertaining show.
www.facebook.com/Vundabar/

RATBOYS
Born out of fierce friendship and a mutual affection for melody, Chicago’s Ratboys – anchored by the partnership of Julia Steiner and Dave Sagan – aims to ‘write songs that tell stories and honor the intimacy of memory,’ according to Steiner. GN, the group’s second full-length album via Topshelf Records, offers a bevy of tales, laments and triumphs, which recount near-tragedies by the train tracks, crippling episodes of loneliness, remembrances of a deceased family pet with freezer burn, and on and on. Drawing influence from the down-to-earth sincerity of late-90s Sheryl Crow and the confessional confidence of Kim Deal and Jenny Lewis.
www.ratboysband.com/
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Vundabar at The Echo

Vundabar at The Echo

Mar 30, 8:30pm - Mar 31, 7:59am

The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA  90026 Map

Spaceland Presents

Vundabar at The Echo
with Ratboys

Friday March 30th
8:30 PM
18+

TICKETS: bit.ly/VundabarEcho

48 interested  ·  11 going
Vundabar w/ Ratboys at Soda Bar

Vundabar w/ Ratboys at Soda Bar

Mar 31, 8:00pm

Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA  92104 Map

Vundabar
w/ Ratboys + guests TBA

$10/$12 • 21+ • 8:00 PM

sodabarmusic.com

11 interested  ·  3 going
Vundabar with Ratboys at The Rebel Lounge

Vundabar with Ratboys at The Rebel Lounge

Apr 1, 7:00pm

The Rebel Lounge
2303 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ  85016 Map

Psyko Steve presents...

Vundabar
with Ratboys

Sunday, April 1st at The Rebel Lounge!
Doors open at 7pm / show starts at 8pm
All ages!

Advance tickets available at Stinkweeds or online: bit.ly/vundabarphx

29 interested  ·  10 going
Vundabar with Ratboys

Vundabar with Ratboys

Apr 14, 8:30pm

SPACE Gallery
538 Congress St
Portland, ME  04101 Map

From 2014 to 2017, Vundabar's Brandon Hagen cared for a loved one that had fallen into a debilitating state of mental and physical decline. For four years his sickness and the eventual loss that followed became the focal point of Hagen’s life as well as his family’s. It was the bell jar under which they lived. Hagen was fractured into two selves; one, largely insular, racked by grief and loss and the other putting it on, touring relentlessly and hoping to be as affable as possible lest he ruin the opportunities at hand. These were the fencings and borders he made for himself and for a time he let them stand. He presented a shell of charisma and withdrew into isolation and despair, convinced he was doing right by the old dogma of stoicism. He didn’t tell a soul out of shame and embarrassment; whose he didn’t know.

Unsurprisingly these two poles couldn’t stand for long. The tension bore down on Hagen’s skull until it felt something might break. It reared its ugly head from time to time. He became withdrawn, irritable and inactive and suffered more than one nervous break. It came to a point where he had to deal with it or it was going to deal with him.

In reflection Hagen realized the point that had led his loved one to a collapse and subsequent dissolution held parallels to his own. As a child, bereft of stability, he created a larger than life persona to live within. He buried his insecurities and traumas deep and kept them there for most of his adult life, until, unable to maintain the house on stilts he’d built for himself, he collapsed completely. And here Hagen was in the face of this loss, about to repeat the cycle.

Hagen wondered was this stoicism, this shame, this impasse even his own or had it been pressed upon him. From the earliest memories of boyhood he could recall one of the most integral attributes of male-ness being an ability to suppress emotion. Concealment was touted as a point of pride and here he watched as it leveled the one who held it in his hand.

'Smell Smoke', the band's anticipated 2018 follow up to their breakout 2015 album 'Gawk,' is an attempt at openness and vulnerability. It’s an attempt at unlearning. It’s a document of grief; a child crying into the dark.


Born out of fierce friendship and a mutual affection for melody, Chicago’s Ratboys – anchored by the partnership of Julia Steiner and Dave Sagan – aims to ‘write songs that tell stories and honor the intimacy of memory.’ according to Steiner. GN, the group’s second full-length album via Topshelf Records, offers a bevy of tales, laments and triumphs, which recount near-tragedies by the train tracks, crippling episodes of loneliness, remembrances of a deceased family pet with freezer burn, and on and on. The songs shift and breathe as worlds all their own, tied together by the group’s self-proclaimed ‘post-country’ sound, which combines moments of distortion and a DIY aesthetic with a devotion to simple songwriting and ties to the Americana sounds of years past.
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4 months ago

Zooquarium Music Festival

From our friends at The De La Warr Pavilion - Jake Bugg 😀

Live Nation presents Jake Bugg Solo Acoustic Plus Special Guests

Live Nation presents Jake Bugg Solo Acoustic Plus Special GuestsNov 22, 7:00pmThe De La Warr PavilionTickets £22.50

DLWP Members pre-sale: Thursday 10 Aug 2017 9am online
On Sale Date: Fri 11 Aug 2017 9am online

6 tickets per purchase
U14’s to be accomp
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