Nathaniel Rateliff SOB Music Review

Music Review – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – S.O.B.

Man, I love this song! I recently got XM radio in my car and have found myself sticking to Alt-Nation an alternative/indie rock channel. Over the past months they’ve been pushing this song hard and it hasn’t got old. I was sold on the first listen. Nathaniel Rateliff isn’t new to the alt scene but from what I understand it appears that S.O.B. has put him and his band The Night Sweats on the map selling over 500K copies and charting #3 on US Alt charts.

The song is a humorous take on the dark subject of addiction. The verses sound like an old slave hymn driven by very little instrumentation but instead claps and vocal “ooos”. The verses are catchy yet desperate. You’re thinking that this guy really needs help! Then just like BAM! The chorus hits like a brick wall at 80 miles per hour. The tune bursts into this huge 1950’s sounding rock n’ roll chorus when the opening line, “Son of a bitch! Give me a drink!”. It’s a triumphant sounding defeat which adds that humorous element. The band is solid, Nathaniel’s voice is just fantastic, and the recording is authentic yet modern.

You will enjoy this tune!

Lyrics:

I’m gonna need someone to help me
I’m gonna need somebody’s hand
I’m gonna need someone to hold me down
I’m gonna need someone to care
I’m gonna writhe and shake my body
I’ll start pulling out my hair
I’m going to cover myself with the ashes of you
And nobody’s gonna give a damn

Son of a bitch, give me a drink
One more night escaping me
Son of a bitch
If I can’t get clean I’m gonna drink my life away

Now for seventeen years I’ve been throwing them back
Seventeen more will bury me
Can somebody please just tie me down
Or somebody give me a goddamn drink

Son of a bitch, give me a drink
One more night
This can’t be me
Son of a bitch
If I can’t get clean I’m gonna drink my life away
Hey, Yeah now

My heart was breaking, hands are shaking
Bugs are crawling all over me
My heart was breaking, hands are shaking
Bugs are crawling all over me
My heart was breaking, hands are shaking
Bugs are crawling all over me
My heart was aching, hands are shaking
Bugs are crawling all over me

Son of a bitch, give me a drink
One more night
This can’t be me
Son of a bitch
If I can’t get clean I’m gonna drink my life away
Son of a bitch, give me a drink
One more night
This can’t be me
Son of a bitch
If I can’t get clean I’m gonna drink my life away
Yeah ah

 

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