It's a familiar narrative: A road-worn band calls for a disco nap after relentless festival and tour schedules tire its minds and songs. Less common is that band ever waking up. But almost four years after it laid down, Bockman is doing more than just stretching in the sheets. The quartet is back in bassist Will Reeves' studio, composing tunes that wax nostalgic and mark a continued, maturing step away from the band's early solo-focused, jam-ish material. Expect fewer extended groove breaks and more proggy indie-pop constructions, making the new Bockman cousin to groups like Blitzen Trapper and Dr. Dog.
Worth a Listen: Dream-poppers Spectator just completed its two-years-in-the-making recording debut In the Brick at Reeves' studio in Columbia. This show marks the official release of the six-track EP, which is available for streaming on the Spectator Bandcamp site.