‘Monsters of Acoustic Rock’ #4 4/29/2016 @8pm

‘Monsters of Acoustic Rock’ is a monthly concert series involving local CT bands to perform stripped down acoustic sets of their music in an intimate setting.

This month features performances by the following artists:
8:30pm – Zach Andersen
9:00pm – John Jennings
9:40pm – Western Estates
10:20pm – Kindred Queer

$5 Advance/$8 at the door. https://ticketriver.com/event/19506

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1689936744603188/

Doors: 8pm.
Music starts at: 8:30pm


Kindred Queer:
Kindred Queer is a New Haven based experimental chamber-folk band comprised of Xavier Serrano (lead vocal, guitar), Olive Kiley (cello, vocal) and Quinn Pirie (drums). Their complex song structures marry classic folk with rock and jazz elements, providing a modern take on longstanding genres.

Each member’s personality is crucial to establishing the band’s sound. Serrano’s lyrics navigate introspectively the tricky terrain between the personal, political and spiritual, never allowing any of these facets to overwhelm another. His guitar never sits still, moving freely within a conscious framework allowing for both consistency and surprise. But don’t call Olive’s cello a backing instrument. It at once leads and accentuates each song’s movement, wringing out each track’s feeling and adding weight to every composition. Acting as both lead and bass, its effect is both visceral and grounding. Quinn’s approach to the drums is noticeably unique. His style is instantly recognizable: arrhythmic and complex, it is far more than an accent. It constantly reshapes songs, stripping out convention and suggesting new forms. Together, they take steps into something new. Over their three years as a band, Kindred Queer have played shows with successful acts such as Waxahatchee, Plants and Animals and Kishi Bashi. They are currently preparing their debut EP


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 (vocals, cello, ukulele), Glenn Furst (Guitar), Matt Cranmer (Bass, vocals), and Jarrod Ruby (drums) came together last fall 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.


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