Luke Rathborne2‘Why’, ‘Wanna Be You’ and album’s title track ‘SOFT’, are the stimulating debut tunes by NYC garage project Rathborne, focused on smart songwriter Luke Rathborne. His debut album is eloquently described by Albert Hammond Jnr of The Strokes, like this: “SOFT” makes me hard”.

SOFT (out now via True Believer) is produced by Rathborne and Emery Dobyns (Battles, Patti Smith), with co-production by Albert Hammond, Jr. + the flawless sound of Gus Oberg’s guitar and Darren Will’s bass.Luke Rathborne1Luke explains: “It’s a record that charts the course of a relationship. I felt like love had imploded. There was no place for me to be anymore. That’s a strange thing to feel when you’re twenty three. Like everything had gotten out of control. I ran out of money. I ran out of time.”

“The feeling of the record is incredible energy,” says Rathborne. “Youthfulness, lust – the feeling of breaking out of yourself, unchaining yourself, forcing yourself to be free.” He adds: “As you get older, the feeling of being drawn between something grows and for me it becomes music…Hopefully, there’s something hidden in it for everyone.”

Mar 3 – Manchester, UK Deaf Institute
Mar 4 – London, UK Bush Hall
Mar 5 – Paris, France L’International (Free Concert)
Mar 6 – Brussels, Belgium Witlobar at Botanique
Mar 8 – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Mar 9 – Hamburg, Germany Prinzenbar
Mar 10 Berlin, Germany Privatclub
Mar 12 Cologne, Germany Blue Shell
Mar 13 Frankfurt, Germany Nachteben
Mar 14 Munich, Germany Orangehouse
Mar 15 Vienna, Austria Chelsea
Mar 16 Zurich, Switzerland Kinski


Photo by Shervin Lainez