The Ratells Birmingham Institute Review

After developing a musical crush on the Sheffield based four piece, The Ratells I finally decided to take off the headphones, turn off the speakers and take my ass to one of their highly praised gigs. A couple of weeks into a tour where they’re supporting Room 94, I requisitioned the company of Miss Gemma Button and Miss “lilmisschickas” Charlotte for an evening at The Institute in Birmingham. With a few rum & cokes under our belts, we braved the predominantly 14 year old crowd and steam room like conditions to see whether The Ratells live lived upto their studio…

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  You know what I’m sick to the back teeth of seeing on all of my social media platforms?  Festivals.  Such and such is off to this festival, such and such is off to that festival.  “I’ve bought some denim shorts, some wellies and a floral crown to go to such and such a festival” – can you sense the taste of bitterness I have in my mouth?  I love the idea of a festival, under one circumstance alone – that I wouldn’t have to camp and face the prospect of waking up in a field, hungover, sweating, dirty and…

Introducing…”The Ratells”

Hi, I’m Charl and I’m a musician-aholic. If I was living in the 70’s I’d have packed up my belongings in a toolbox, donned my fur coat and hopped on board a tour bus Penny Lane style from my-favourite-film-of-all-time, Almost Famous.  Let me get this straight though, not in that groupie kind of way – no siree.  If you’ve seen the film you’ll know that the “groupies” refer to themselves as Band Aids. “Penny Lane: We are here because of the music, we inspire the music. We are Band Aids.” “As I mentioned in my review of the 1975 gig…

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