Ratboys – Printer’s Devil (album review)

by Woody on February 26, 2020

I remember when I read the PR piece for their last album, GN. My reaction would best be described at hmmm. Listening to the first song; reaction was more or less the same. But slowly GN seeped into my being. Then I saw them live and it was all over. I was hooked.

Buoyed by their new full-time rhythm section of Sean Neumann and Marcus Nuccio, Julia Steiner and David Sagan have made a better album in Printer’s Devil. Written at her Steiner’s empty childhood home as it awaited for it be sold, the album has that feel of friends entering into the next phase of adulthood. Look To and Anj are both power-pop gems that feel like the type of tracks that belong in an indie movie about the aforementioned transitional period of adulthood. Anj almost feels like a short movie on its own. Such a wonderfully tender tune that just rocks. Steiner has this ability to make you feel like she’s singing to just you on some tracks and that is on display on Out at Night, an emo-folk vibe that is more consistent with GN. The title track that closes the album shows just how far this band has come. It is a meditative jam that slowly eases you out of a wonderful album. They referenced Wilco’s Spiders (Kidsmoke) on an MTV article and if you would have told me that’d be their inspiration for a track two years ago, I would have told you that you were nuts.

I don’t know what else needs to be said. Great band just got better. Get this album. Go see them live.

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