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.
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.