Thursday April 27
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm $5
Western Estates is a cult rock syndicate from Southern Connecticut whose music is hot and tasty like a New Haven pie popping out of a brick oven (okay, it’s a little burnt on the bottom too). Born in late 2014, the team of experienced songwriters has been tinkering with demos and playing select shows while quietly recording ‘Me First’ their debut EP. Now available, the 5-song collection employs screaming melodies from vocals, guitars, and cellos over a pounding battery of tuneful rhythm.
After debuting the EP at a special release show at Lyric Hall in New Haven in December of 2016, Western Estates will be promoting it throughout CT, New England, and NYC in 2017.
STRAIGHT TO VHS
These days, it wouldn’t be unfair to call Straight to VHS the little band that could. The indie-garage trio, formed in 2009, have finally broken out of their local scene in New London, CT thanks to their most recent record, Weekend Weekend Weekend. Their third release, Weekend has garnered the attention of outlets such as top New England music blogs, numerous college radio stations, and most notably, CBS Connecticut, who named VHS one of the state’s top 5 bands to watch in 2015. The album has also earned the band top prizes at New London’s Whalie Awards (Best Indie Band, Rock Album of the Year) and the Connecticut Music Awards (Best Punk Band). Straight to VHS will release a new EP, Landmind, in June 2016.
Songs about motorcycle gangs, psychedelic splits with reality, and people we have hated. Bass heavy Mom and Dad rock played by aging adults in plaid.
Marvelous Liars is a power-trio from New London, CT. Members include guitarist/singer Nicholas Johns, drummer Shane O’Connell, and bassist Nick Cancelmo.
In just two years they’ve hit the regional circuit hard, playing NYC, Boston and many Connecticut venues including New London’s I Am Fest. This past March they released their debut full-length album, “Another Castaway”, with high praise from both fans and critics alike. R. Koster of The New London Day wrote, “Clustered with power chords, and stand-on-the-dance-floor-and-scream-along choruses, the tunes comprise a brisk blast of timeless rock”.
The band bleeds rock and roll, but blues and punk are tastefully blended into the equation. Marvelous Liars influences include Weezer, Queens of the Stone Age, The Beatles and more. In addition to touring, the band is set to return to the studio this Fall to begin work on their sophomore album.