Some songs just sound better this time of year and The Westies prove it. There is a charming wistfulness to their sound and to echo Elton, their sad songs really do say so much. They took their name from the infamous Irish American gang in Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan’s Lower West Side and their music contains the same raw quality and dark realities you’d expect from their inspirational namesakes. Frontman Michael McDermott possesses a fantastic mixture of Dylan’s gravely inflection, Waits’ unconventional characters, and Springsteen’s storytelling pen.