Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

TD Place Arena

Ottawa, ON


This event is all ages

original venue tickets valid at TD Place.

presented by LIVE 88.5, Beau's All Natural Brewery, with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Tearing at the Seams, the vivacious and inventive record from Denver’s Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, is grounded in old-school r&b and rock and roll, but these songs are far too urgent for the retro or revivalist tag. There are familiar elements of soul and garage rock, but also jazz and folk and even country: the crackling energy on opener “Shoe Boot,” the cathartic sing-along of “Coolin’ Out,” the melancholy folk of the closing title track.

Like his heroes, Rateliff has always been an omnivorous listener and player. Growing up in Herman, Missouri, he started his music career playing in his family’s band at church, and music became an obsession for him and his friends. In 1998 Rateliff and future Night Sweats bassist Joseph Pope III moved to Denver, Colorado, where their first band, Born in the Flood, attracted some major-label interest. But the pair had moved on by then, gravitating first to a folksier sound and later to hard-hitting r&b.

Rateliff had loved soul music since he was a teenager in Missouri, and a set of demos he recorded in the early 2010s gradually grew into Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. Released in 2015 on the relaunched Stax Records, the album became a massive hit and pushed them out on the road for two long years. The band blasted their way through hundreds of shows in North America, England, Ireland, and Australia, in addition to playing Coachella, Farm Aid, Newport Folk Festival, and the Monterey Pop Festival's 50th Anniversary.

In May 2017 the band disappeared to the small town of Rodeo, New Mexico, to write songs for their follow-up. Then they recorded in the Oregon studio of Richard Swift, who produced their debut. Together, the Night Sweats have created a set of songs that comprise both an r&b party record and deeply personal confessional from Rateliff, who penned all the lyrics. The album recounts moments in the last few years of his life, some good and others not so much: “I remember finishing one song and just losing my shit and breaking down. These songs are so personal, but not everyone will get that. I get to leave little secrets in there for myself, so that everybody else gets to have their own individual interpretations of the songs.”

Tearing at the Seams shows The Night Sweats tearing at their own seams, at their own sturdy sound, at their long-held definitions of friend and family and band. In the process they’ve become tighter than ever, both musically and emotionally. “I want—and I need—everybody to feel like they’re a part of this band,” says Rateliff. “I want them to feel like they’re contributing artistically and emotionally to the experience of writing and creating this music. The future of this band is to take everything we’ve ever done in the past and just do it with our own little twist.”
Venue Information:
TD Place Arena
1015 Bank St.
Ottawa, ON, K1S 3W7