After playing to a sold-out crowd at The Phoenix this past Wednesday night, it is clear that front man Nathaniel Rateliff and the rest of his band known as “The Night Sweats” have officially made it. For a band on the rise for a few years now, it is great to see that they have made their mark in 2015 and are now bigger and better than ever.
Attending a Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats show is truly an unbelievable, one-of-a-kind experience—one that you absolutely need to witness live for yourself. There is so much heart, so many sounds, so much to watch at one time, and SO much to enjoy. Rateliff is a presence himself, then you add in the band, and it’s magic. The show provided for an indescribable feeling—a feeling that is hard to come by at live shows today. Seven members on stage, seven different instruments (not to mention that each member switches back and forth between multiple instruments), and an abundance of sounds that somehow come together to form a harmony that completely consumes you.
Joy; would be one word to describe the band. Each member of The Night Sweats whole-heartedly loved playing music on stage. Dancing around, bobbing their head to the beat, jumping in the air—all with a look of pure bliss—the band gave off a feeling that immediately resonated in the crowd before them. With unreleased songs such as “Parlour,” the audience was taken on a journey to what felt like an old 1900’s folk dance…with a huge twist. Rateliff took us back to a place and time that is hard to come by these days. The soul of each song was hard to miss, and the journey the audience was taken on was one that no other band will be able to replica.
Expressing great thanks to Canada and the fact that we “show up” to shows when the band works extremely hard, Rateliff went on to say, “We’re all in it together, and the best part is I get to travel the world with my best friends.” We were thrilled to be welcomed into the family, and in fact, felt like one big family ourselves—one that welcomes the heart and soul of music. Coming to a close before an encore, with the hit that provides both anger and happiness all into one; Rateliff, The Night Sweats, and the audience absolutely belted out “S.O.B” leaving us with a show that will be hard to top.