Scott McMicken thrives on switching things up. As a founding member of Philadelphia rock mainstays Dr. Dog, McMicken and his bandmates consistently explored new sounds and new ways of writing songs across 10 gleefully eclectic albums before their 2021 hiatus. While McMicken has always quietly released solo projects via cassette and vinyl on his own label Press On Records, he’s now done something he’s only done once before: start a band.
Because McMicken’s previous group was composed of lifelong friends who over time developed an unbreakable musical bond, he decided to do the opposite this time: collaborate with strangers. In 2021 McMicken reached out to engineer and producer Nick Kinsey, a friend he trusted to choose his future bandmates, and Kinsey assembled the group, with McMicken only asking for his longtime friend and collaborator Michael Nau to join the band. THE EVER-EXPANDING also includes Kinsey, Elizabeth Pupo-Walker, Neil Ochoa, Jared Samuel, Zach Tenorio, and Paul Castelluzzo.