Scott McMicken (Photo by Wyndham Garnett)
You may know Scott McMicken as vocalist and lead guitarist of Philadelphia psychedelic rock group Dr. Dog. And now, Scott has formed a new band as an artistic outlet — Scott McMicken and The Ever-Expanding.
Scott McMicken and The Ever-Expanding perform at Union Stage in DC on Friday, April 21.
Scott also established Press On Records to release cassettes. He is publishing the first album by Scott McMicken and The Ever-Expanding in a joint effort between Press On and ANTI- Records.
Scott explained on his website: “I’ve got a new group I’ve been playing and recording with. We’ve got four new songs out [at the time]. ‘Another One’ and ‘What About Now’ and ‘Mountain Lion’ and ‘Reconcile.’ The full debut album Shabang is set to be released March 31st, 2023 on ANTI-. There are 12″ vinyl records, CDs, and cassette tapes available now at Anti- and Press On (tapes available at Press On only).”
Watch the official music video for “Another One” by Scott McMicken and The Ever-Expanding on YouTube:
Part Basement Tapes and Paul Simon, and part a globetrotting foray into progressive sounds, Shabang is some of the most exploratory music of McMicken’s career. There are elements of jazz, dub reggae, country, and bossa nova throughout these 13 tracks, each exuding the excitement of being in a room with several other curious musicians. Opener “What About Now” originally started as a folk-rock dirge but when McMicken decided to add some bounce to the rhythm, the whole thing opened up. Even songs that dig deep into personal conflict like “Reconcile” radiate with a joy that’s tangible and rocking.
“I’m constantly trying at all costs to avoid feeling like a singer-songwriter,” Scott said. “I would like to create a welcoming place that we can share rather than trying to yank you into my inner world.”
Scott McMicken and The Ever-Expading
W/ Arc Iris
Friday, April 21
Doors @ 7pm
$25 GA/$40 Premier