Ratboys AOID on LP
There's something really amazing about hearing music from a band you've never heard of for the first time and having it instantly resonate – so much so that you need to hear more of it. Enter Chicago's Ratboys who have a seemingly effortless knack for integrating wonderful melodies with thoughtful song structures. If you need a reference point, think classics like Mirah, Okkervil River, Rilo Kiley or Wye Oak meeting somewhere with more contemporary acts like Waxahatchee or even Hop Along at their quieter moments. AOID starts with disarming sounds, swarming and settling into a prominent, mellifluous vocal track and heartbreakingly tender strumming. This is just a taste of how Ratboys take queues from Architecture in Helsinki and early Rilo Kiley to create their punky early aughts alt-rock sound.