Luke RathborneDon’t Call Me Baby
In contrast to most of his peers, after high school graduation Luke Rathborne wasn’t packing up to head to college; he was on his way from his hometown in Brunswick, Maine to New York City, eager to start learning his life lessons there. A precocious talent, Rathborne had been making music since his early teens - playing in high school punk bands, and sneaking into the local college radio station at night to record his own music. By age 18, his hunger for a larger scene to immerse himself in was palpable.

Moving to New York at that age would be overwhelming for anyone, but despite the hurdles Luke faced - including having his apartment burn down shortly after moving to the city – Rathborne quickly carved out a space for himself, launching his own small label True Believer in order to self-release tracks (independently garnering over 9 million streams on Spotify), and booking his own shows across the city.

Early attention from press came – Noisey, Vogue, Nylon, Interview Magazine, and Billboard have all written about Luke, with SPIN describing the most recent release as “channeling the garage-rock sludge of Ty Segall and resurrecting the melodic charms of R.E.M.”
Featuring the single(s)
“Don’t Call Me Baby”
Ravel Rouser
Paul Langton
Press / Radio
Shelley Wright and Evan Taylor
Domino Record Company /
9/5 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg
9/7 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
9/21 - Brooklyn, NY - Sunnyvale - w/ Mynabirds
9/25 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine

"Don't Call Me Baby" over 250k spins across Apple Music and Spotify since July 12th.

Early spins from KCSN, The Current, WFUV, WCNR and XRT

“Don’t Call Me Baby” is a delightful slice of fully realized retro-pop classicism" Stereogum

"...a sound that fuses early R.E.M with Nick Lowe, his sweetly deranged melodies bring to mind 70s art punk, complimented with an accessible boy-next-door charm." - Bullett Media

"laid-back, confident new wave-meets-classic rock cut containing just the right amount of Nick Lowe and early R.E.M." - VICE

“goes back and forth through the American Underground.. certainly one to watch" - Zane Lowe - BEATS 1

"Rathborne’s sweetly deranged way with a melody brings to mind Brit 70s art-punk hot-boxing a runaway mustang with Ty Segall.' - Q Magazine