Ratboys w/ The Most, Floral, Elaine The Singer, The Refectory

Ratboys w/ The Most, Floral, Elaine The Singer, The Refectory

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$12 – $15

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The State House

310 State Street

New Haven, CT 06510

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Tiny Box Booking presents:

Ratboys (Topshelf Records)

10 years ago this April — April 1st to be exact — Chicago’s Ratboys put out their first collection of songs. The RATBOY EP, consisting of five indie-folk dorm room recordings, was free to download on Bandcamp and humbly passed around to friends on social media.

Cut to 2021, and Ratboys would normally be celebrating their 10-year anniversary on the road, playing a mix of songs from their very first release to their most recent, last year’s critically-acclaimed Printer’s Devil. Instead, just two weeks after the album’s February 2020 release and mere days before heading out on their first headline tour, the COVID-19 pandemic forced all touring to a halt. Despite not being able to play in-person shows for the past year, Ratboys has managed to stay busy by performing their music online via their own Virtual Tour series and by finding a different way to celebrate their first decade of being a band.

Lots of time at home last year gave Ratboys a chance to hit the studio, which has led to Happy Birthday, Ratboy, a surprise party of a new album featuring 10 brand new recordings of the band’s earliest songs + a newly-written bonus track entitled “Go Outside.”

Although written in 2019, the lyrics of “Go Outside” take on a special sense of relevance and yearning today more than ever. “It’s this carefree and wistful, totally innocent folk song about wanting to travel and spend time with loved ones,” songwriter Julia Steiner says. “We had no idea how much it would mean to us when we wrote it, but hopefully this song will provide a light in someone’s day and help us all wait out this weird ride a little bit longer,” Julia shares.

Released as a surprise on April 1st, 2021, Happy Birthday, Ratboy comes 10 years to the day since the release of the band’s first EP. New recordings of the 5 original RATBOY EP songs make up the A-side of the record, with 5 new versions of rare college-era tracks and the newly-written “Go Outside” on the B-side.

Featuring mainstays from their live show over the years, including “The Stanza” and “Space Blows,” pressed to vinyl for the first time and given the full band treatment, Happy Birthday, Ratboy introduces new Ratboys fans to the band’s beginnings while also raising a toast to those who’ve been there from the start.


The Most

The Most is an eclectic math rock band from Southington, CT. Their sporadic style utilizes genre blending changes and innovative grooves to take listeners on a melodic journey. Their goal is to bring orchestration and technicality back to rock and roll in a new and refreshing way, while keeping in touch with the rawness of unbridled passion that lives at the heart of their punk rock roots.



Floral is a melodic two piece math rock band from the San Francisco bay area. Founded in 2014 by guitarist Nate Sherman and drummer Ty Mayer, the band has carved a strong following via three releases and countless tours in both the US and UK. Eight years after their first release, Floral has proved their mainstay worth in the melodic instrumental music scene.

Sherman’s flowery melodic riffs complimented by Mayer’s fluent and punctuated drumming create an easily distinguishable sound. Technical yet emotive, Floral’s music effortlessly blends the familiar with the fresh and new. The band’s 2020 LP elevated their sound to even higher levels with Mayer occasionally pulling double duties on guitar and drums simultaneously.

Floral’s live performances somehow manage to capture the same raw emotion and energy of their albums, furiously tearing through complicated passages without ever making them seem so. The band has honed the craft of serving the music before serving any need for virtuosity; but at a closer glance it is apparent that both qualities are present and fluidly blended together. Floral’s innovative sound and seamless delivery has proven itself over time as the band has only grown a larger following. Their music brings a breath of fresh air to anyone willing to listen, and is not something to be passed on.


Elaine The Singer

In 2020, Elaine the Singer released a feral self-titled debut into the wild. Combining a no-wave styled stream of riffs with haunting aggression and borderline antagonistic melodic sense, it’s almost hard to believe that 2/3 of the members of this band are actually in Floral. The trio is rounded out by the addition of Kevin Murphy, an acclaimed jazz drummer and improviser based in NYC.


The Refectory

NHV-based experimental math rock insanity.


NOTE: Proof of full COVID-19 Vaccination (14 days past second shot) OR proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test (received within the past 72 hours) required for entry. If vaccinated, please bring your vaccination card or clearly legible photo of your vaccination card on your phone and a valid photo ID. If unvaccinated please bring printed or digital proof of your recent negative PCR test. Masks are required for all ticket holders and staff despite vaccination status. You may pull your mask down when eating or drinking only. These policies will remain in place until further notice.

The State House | 310 State Street | New Haven, CT

6 PM DOORS | $12 ADV / $15 DOS | All Ages

Accessibility: Staircase to front door. Entry ramp on side of building. All bathrooms ground floor & gender-neutral.

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