Connecticut rock n’ roll trio Bilge Rat just dropped a tender acoustic session video for “Jon Puked Last Night,” crafted by the very skilled videographers over at Spectacles Sessions. Their mission statement is to challenge artists to reimagine a song of theirs and play it in an unusual location, and they chose an abandoned train station in Philly for this shoot (right in front of a tag that reads FUCK COPS). As someone named Jon who has in fact puked on some undisclosed previous night, I find this track relatable, and I’m happy to share it with you.
Although I’m told that Bilge Rat is a three-piece, “Jon Puked Last Night” features only singer/guitarist Mike Kusek, who used to pay sad solo folk songs under his own name before moving on to Bilge Rat. Flashing a barely-comfortable smile ahead of the song, Kusek treats us to a dawdling and looping folky number that reminds me both of Daniel Rossen solo projects and those oh-so-intimate early Porches live sessions. “I made my breakfast / take out the garbage,” Kusek sings and strums in unison, spinning a yarn of domesticity that proves to be both modest and somewhat melancholy. This is in direct contrast to how the sound of Bilge Rat was described to me:
After checking out their bandcamp, I’d have to agree; Bilge Rat is both grungy and artful in a powerful, grab-you-by-the-throat kind of way. If I were you, I’d definitely keep my eye on them for future releases – they just might be the coolest band to come out of Connecticut in the past few years.