New Haven, Connecticut-based trio Bilge Rat’s second full length Pal finds the band continuing to scrape away at the bottom of the barrel to reveal murky and desolate places. Now a three piece, Bilge Rat sound dangerously locked in with a sharpened focus.
An impressive debut to say the least, Townie Garbage is the sound of a band at their beginning, mining their influences as they develop their own sound. The trio, formed in the late summer months have created an inviting debut, it’s complex and determined, full of songs that ebb and flow from crashing tides to the most gentle of hazy breezes.
Bilge Rat's sound is a dark and winding blend of outsider indie rock with the twisted post-punk unpredictability of the New England scene we're so fond of here at Post-Trash. There's a great deal of dissonance, both in the music and their song-structures, as alternatively tuned guitars and interesting chord changes create the perfect texture for Michael Kusek's dejected but vibrant vocals.