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 recordings
I refuse to be biased. But of the four bands who performed (including the headline act) The Ratells set was the most musically original and energetic. In fact, we spent the rest of the evening drinking cider rum and jager bombs at the bar, or attempting to cool down outside (and it takes a lot to tear me away from any kind of a man with a guitar in hand).
“The Boys” – also known as Ash Holland, Ben Stubbs, Danny Clare and Sam Irving performed an immense set which included their single YouTube viral Faces, the epic Cecelia (you need to watch the acoustic version to appreciate it) and the “goosebumpsonthebackofyourneck” Legacy. You could literally taste the sweat of the room as the boys did their thing.
When the crowds died down after the gig, we managed to spend a few minutes catching up with the boys as they prepared to continue the touring lifestyle and jump back onto the tour bus. Despite absolutely loving the buzz of the tour and the absolutely insane and dedicated support of their fans, they revealed that they couldn’t wait to spend the night in their own beds after a journey to their hometown of Sheffield (and mother of all good things musical). With a headline tour in the works, a faithful and ever growing following due to their unfaltering music and absolutely tireless commitment to their social media promotion (the boys strive to reply to every tweet from their fans from their account @theratells).
With this in mind its easy to presume that the boys success is accredited to the fact that they aren’t too shabby looking and that they’re all round 4 nice guys. Look at their tireless Twitter promotion and you’d be forgiven for thinking they’re “just another boyband” due to their large teenage girl following, but its important not to gloss over what they’re incredible at, and that’s their music. Compared to the other bands of evening The Ratells were somewhat musically more mature and raw at the same time, their songs showcase some real song writing ability which is evident in the construction of their more anthemic sounding songs and at times is deeply beautiful and moving. Musically, The Ratells are deserving of an audience befitting to bands such as The 1975 and Editors because these guys really do pack a punch when they’re on a stage. To quote an Almost Famous line, these boys look for the one person in the room who’s not getting off and make them get off.
The Ratells will be playing Joiners in Southampton and Islington Garage as part of the final gigs of Room 94 tour.