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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Tearing at the Seams

Nathaniel Rateliff  & The Night Sweats will return with their latest album Tearing at the Seams this year, setting their sophomore album for a March 9th release on Stax Records. Lead single is an inviting, upbeat anthem that opens with a simple and steady piano line, expanding to encompass a minimalist guitar riff, marching bass and Rateliff’s wonderful warm vocals. “I’m gonna leave it all out there,” he promises, his understated delivery doing nothing to dull the song’s infectious energy. It’s a real pat-on-the-back of a track, a fortifying reminder that, in the face of life’s many obstacles, all we can do is “find a way to cross.”

Tearing at the Seams, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats‘ second album, came out in March on Stax Records. That’s fitting: It’s grounded in the soul music of Otis Redding, the Mar Keys and Booker T and the MGs, where the Hammond B-3 and a tight, expressive horn section are the most important instruments. Rateliff shows his influences proudly — soul, along with the soul-inspired rock of Leon Russell, Van Morrison, the Allman Brothers Band and The Band. But the record is not a period piece — the live, reverb-heavy production by Richard Swift keeps it in the present.

It’s not just groove: Rateliff’s passionate voice and honest songs are the heart of the record. His gospel-style vocals are tucked into the band, but when the lyrics jump out, they offer up little pearls of wisdom. The standout is “Hey Mama,” a tribute and a heartbreaker to a mom who had to tell her boy that life will never be easy: “You ain’t gone far enough to say / At least I tried / You ain’t worked hard enough to say / My legs have failed.” Honest, open-hearted music.


Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Announce New Album ‘Tearing At The Seams’

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have announced the release of their new album Tearing at the Seams through Memphis’ legendary Stax Records on 9th March.  The record’s anthemic lead single ‘You Worry Me’ is premiering worldwide today.

The highly-anticipated new record follows the band’s critically and commercially lauded self-titled debut album, which has now sold over a million records worldwide and is which is certified Gold in the U.S., Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands, Platinum in Canada and Silver in the U.K.

In addition to the 12-track standard edition, Tearing At The Seams will be available in a 14-track deluxe edition that features two bonus tracks and exclusive photos. Vinyl editions include the (2-disc, 180-g) 12-track standard edition and the (2-disc, 180-g) 14-track deluxe edition, which features an exclusive photo book and special 7” single.

The band finished recording with producer Richard Swift who has helmed records by The Shins and Foxygen in addition to The Night Sweats’ debut, collectively creating a group of songs that capture the band’s emotion and intensity. The group dynamic is pivotal to the Night Sweats; initial writing and recording sessions for Tearing at the Seams took place in Rodeo, New Mexico where Rateliff & the band re-established their writing and recording process.

“For the first record, I demo’ed everything up and created most of the parts,” says Rateliff. “This time, I felt like we’ve all spent so much time on the road that we should all go off somewhere together. We should all have that experience together.”

Rateliff reflects, “I want – and I need – everybody to feel like they’re a part of this band. I want them to feel like they’re contributing artistically and emotionally to the experience of writing and creating this music. We’ve all had to make sacrifices to be in The Night Sweats and I want them all to know that it’s worth something.”

This group mentality and approach to the record is no more evident than on opener ‘Shoe Boot’ a five minute, funk infused jam and ‘Intro’ (track 7), the raucous jam used to open the band’s sets over the last few years. The album closer and title track however is perhaps the most moving, lyrically tackling the huge challenges and sacrifices faced along the way by a band who are constantly away from home on the road. Tearing At The Seams is a deeply personal yet always accessible record for any situation.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats headline three night at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 11th, 12th and 13th April as part of an extensive European tour. Tearing At The Seams will be released on 9th March.

Lead song from the forthcoming EP ‘A Little Something More From’ and Deluxe version of the s/t Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats album