Opening with Molly, there are smooth yet jagged guitars dragging the track beneath soft, hushing vocals which ask “Do you ever feel as I do?” giving a heartfelt introduction of what is to come with the rest of GN.
According to Steiner, the record sets out to “largely detail experiences of saying goodbye, finding your way home, then figuring out what the hell to do once you’re back.” Don’t take this literally, though – there could be some hidden meaning and cryptic message behind this quote in the lyrics across the record.
A moody minute intro comes before Westside, which has the lyric “I’ve fallen asleep to the memories of my dreams” – again adding mystery to GN. There are no straight answers in the album, just interpretations of how the listener is feeling at the specific moment they have headphones in.
The ballady vibe of Wandered adds depth to GN and in a way brings the other nine tracks into one. Steiner’s vocals and Dave Sagan‘s guitar are prominent with a grunge-esque anthem. Heavy eyes and patient head nodding, foot tapping before uplifting choruses fill the four-and-a-half-minute tune.
Luckily Ratboys have not fallen victim to the sophomore record curse. If anything, they have created a more developed and polished LP.
RATBOYS – GN IS OUT FRIDAY 30 JUNE – ORDER HERE