As far as nightlife goes, New London is a Triple-A town in a decidedly A-level part of the universe. Much like Danbury and New Haven, you can walk across town at night and hear the sounds of multiple indie/punk shows from competing venues echoing between the buildings, and there's different bar, club, or restaurant to be found seemingly every 20 or 30 feet as you hoof your way around (don't bother driving; the one-way streets are all closed for construction, and the two-way streets haven't been built yet). On Friday night, along with everything else, I could even hear a band practicing in one of the upstairs apartments across the way on Bank Street, and through the windows they almost sounded better than anything that was going on at the El N Gee or Oasis at that exact moment. Just don't try to find a Dunkin' Donuts that's open or a place to get a coffee after 9pm, because you'll be shit out of luck.
The Oasis Pub is about the size of Cafe Nine, maybe a bit larger, and definitely seems like a great place to see bands regularly, even if the oddly-shaped stage (consider it "Fenway-esque") presents some problems if you're taking photos. Bedroom Rehab Corporation brought their freshly-made CD with them, and ripped through a six-song set (all five songs on the CD, plus one) that was pretty darn tight once they got everything dialed-in properly. Every Bedroom Rehab song is like the best Kiss/Blue Öyster Cult riff you've ever heard, only on a thunderously distorted bass this time, with lyrics that would be spooky-dumb if they weren't so friggin' funny. You should really try to grab their CD, though I have no idea how you'd go about getting a copy; try messaging them through their MySpace, I guess.
If you miss the 90's and bands like Dirt Merchants and Ditch Croaker, well, I don't either, but in any case, Fatal Film's got you covered. Fatal Film are a band that I've slept on for a while; I'd seen them a couple of times before, though I didn't write anything, and I only just listened to their "Thrill'r" CD (which has been out for about half a year now) for the first time on the drive to New London on Friday night. It didn't take long to find something I liked, because "First Step", the opening track, is a cracking good song. They've got some great song titles, too, like "Put On Your Goddamned Jetpack", and funny song titles are what it's all about, just ask the Bunnybrains.
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(both of these files are now listen-only)