When Nathaniel Rateliff took the stage at The Anthem, his eyes widened as he surveyed the vastness of DC’s newest and largest music venue at The Wharf.
“I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know we were playing here when we got to DC; I never heard of The Anthem,” Nathaniel confided to the audience. “This place is huge, and I can’t believe ya’ll filled it up!” The 6,000-plus sell-out crowd responded with a roar of appreciation last week.
Nathaniel and his band, the Night Sweats, visited The Anthem on May 16 during a tour to promote their second album, Tearing at the Seams, which released by Stax Records on March 9. After a relentless touring schedule since the Night Sweats’ debut album in 2015, Tearing at the Seams is the product of the band’s retreat into seclusion in Rodeo, New Mexico, in 2017.
“For the first Night Sweats record, I demo’ed everything up and created most of the parts,” explains Nathaniel on the band’s website. “But for this new record, I felt like we’d all spent so much time on the road that we should all go off somewhere together. We should have that experience together. I wanted the guys to feel like they were giving something to the project beyond just playing.”
The result is a retro-soul/R&B presentation that blends introspection from Nathaniel, who wrote all the lyrics based on personal experiences over the past several years, with a full and rich instrumental sound, accented by the organ and horn sections, that makes full use of the 8-piece band.
Listen to Tearing at the Seams on Nathaniel Rateliff’s website http://www.nathanielrateliff.com/music/.
Look It Here
I Did It
Howling at Nothing
A Little Honey
Out on the Weekend
You Worry Me
I’d Be Waiting
Babe I Know
I Need Never Get Old
Baby I Lost My Way (But I’m Going Home)
Say It Louder
And Trying So Hard Not to Know
Atlantic City (Bruce Springsteen cover)
Tearing at the Seams
Here are some photos of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats performing at The Anthem on May 16, 2018. All photos copyrighted and courtesy of Ari Strauss.