Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Ratboy, the Inbetween Days | Subterranean | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Ratboy, the Inbetween Days 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Sat., June 27, 9 p.m. 2015

Ratboys front woman and cofounder Julia Steiner recently told Ghettoblaster Magazine that she wrote all of the songs on the brand-new AOID (Topshelf) “in isolation.” Perhaps that’s why the local group’s debut album feels intimate even as the band push the volume of their alchemical mix of alt-country, folk, and punk to the point where it sounds like they could be playing in a scummy basement for young DIY fanatics sporting Amebix and Operation Ivy back patches. Ratboys show a great sense of balance throughout AOID. On “Tixis” they set off waves of noisy guitar that sustain an energy and force while making room for Steiner’s calm, tender vocals—she sometimes sings like there’s nothing else in her orbit, and her sweet, wordless oohs resonate even as they share space with comparatively harsher instrumentals. —Leor Galil

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