As a proud New Yorker, I can say that The Blessed Broke is enough to make me want to move to Kansas City.
The first word that comes to mind here is earthy. While you can find singer Brian Frame's live, solo efforts on the YouTube channel (see link below) I'm more attracted to the full band sound. The electric guitar and drums serve to offset the cryptic lyrics. However, Frame's vocals -- accompanied or not -- lend a warmth that prevents his otherwise cryptic lyrics from dipping into the macabre. And macabre's not a place I find too interesting (unless your name is Black Francis and you're writing music before 1993.)
The music's greatest strength is that it succeeds in creating a particular atmosphere without being a downer at all. It was this resistance to predictability that drew me in to The Blessed Broke in the first place. I hope you agree!
The Blessed Broke Official, Facebook, YouTube Channel