Weakened Friends

Manic Presents:

Weakened Friends

Bilge Rat, Western Estates

Wed, September 6, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm


New Haven, CT

This event is 21 and over

Weakened Friends
Weakened Friends
Weakened Friends emerged from the rubble of a few withering projects, fueled by the desire to simply have fun with music again. And, holy shit, is it fun. The fuzz rock trio’s short songs are catchy, moody, candid, and to-the-goddamn-point. On top of that, Weakened Friends is relentlessly energetic and unapologetically LOUD. It’s very clear that Weakened Friends is having all of the fun they’d once craved and it casts an immediate and cathartic pull onto anyone within earshot.

“The band’s choruses are as big as their hearts and singing along seems less like an option and more of a primordial urge” -The Le Sigh

“Do you ever get into a band and like them so much you get mad at yourself for not knowing about them earlier? That is what’s happening to me here.” – Music Savage
Bilge Rat
Bilge Rat is a trio out of New Haven, CT, who just released their first self-titled LP March 10th. The new album comes after the release of their debut EP Townie Garbage in January 2016.

Bilge Rat deal in a kind of chamber grunge, tangling themselves up in elegantly conflicted moments of dissonance and coaxing some grace out of the pile of discord. The band combines dense guitar work with jazz-informed drums and frontman Michael Kusek's cutting nasal croon. After jamming together in a church attic, Kusek and guitarist Quinn Pirie formed the band in the summer of 2015. Coming from folk and jazz backgrounds, they have slowly evolved their sound into something singular. Bilge Rat's live shows border on improvisational, testing song structures and concepts and highlighting the band's jazz roots. The new LP draws a similar sound to In Utero-era Nirvana, Modest Mouse's Lonesome Crowded West or Slint's Spiderland, with Kusek's vocals at times evoking Irish singer-songwriter Fionn Regan. A piercing yell occasionally slashes through the crooning, haunting in both lyric and melody.
Western Estates
Presently writing and recording in Southern Connecticut, Western Estates is an embryonic combination of new and old friends playing tuneful rock sparkling with creativity and a dash of prog for good measure. Featuring a stunningly sweet female vocalist and 3 guys trying to change the number of the beast to 203, Western Estates invites you to their universe.

This four-piece band proves the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Laura Klein (MZT), Glenn Furst (various local projects), Matt Cranmer (Codename Ella), and Jarrod Ruby (x-Thirdborder, AM, Proton Proton, Doug Gillard [Guided By Voices]) came together to challenge themselves to create a sound grounded in rock yet constantly reaching towards an eclectic variety of influences.

Each member has a unique musical background and multiple musical talents, which you can hear in the songwriting. Their songs range from romantic duets about carnival rides to stoner-rock odes to murder and mayhem, revenge-ballads to wistfully temporal love songs, all while maintaining their roots in Garage Rock.

Their music is accessible without ever quite fitting a formula. It is catchy without being repetitive, melodic without being generic, and surprising without being off-putting.

Western Estates is constantly developing new music and incorporating different instruments to their oeuvre. Catch them playing shows around CT and NY.
Venue Information:
254 Crown Street
New Haven, CT, 06511