Ratboys’ Julia Steiner on Loss, Acceptance, and Making Noise for the Ones You Love

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Julia Steiner of Ratboys joins Kyle Meredith to talk about the band’s latest album, The Window, working with Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla, and more.

The Louisville-raised lead singer reminisces about interning for Meredith in the early part of her career, remembering the artists that were interviewed during that time (St. Vincent, Nada Surf) before telling the story of how the band teamed up with former Death Cab For Cutie member Chris Walla to help produce the new LP in Seattle.

“Chris Walla was at the top of [the] wishlist for us,” she says. “Death Cab for Cutie, for us and the age that we are, that was a hugely formative band for all four of us growing up. I know many people from my generation will say this, but them being on the show The OC in 2003 was kind of my introduction to indie rock.”

Steiner goes on to talk about the nostalgia baked into her lyrics, the background of songs like the title track and opener “Making Noise for the Ones You Love,” and dealing with loss. She then dives into the uncharacteristic music they listened to while recording, including acts like Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, and The Roches.

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