ROOTED IN FUNK WITH ELEMENTS of rock and jazz, Spocket's Tight-knit horn lines and rock solid rhythm section lay the foundation for guitar-driven arrangements that craftily MELD a variety of genres without sacrificing the band’s distinctive sound. STEADILY expanding their repertoire and fan base since the group’s inception, spocket is staking their claim in the Midwest music scene with the 2015 release of their self-titled EP. This cross section of the band's catalog showcases their maturing compositional dexterity and alludes to a level of heads-up musicianship beyond their years. Fueled by a collective passion for performing live, Spocket plans to continue honing their craft and sharing their unique brand of funk-fusion.
KONSTANTINE 'KEN' STEBLIY – GUITAR
JOSH TORREY – TROMBONE
ALEX BLOMARZ – SAXOPHONE
CARL KENNEDY – KEYS
MICHAEL LANG – BASS
LUKE ANGLE – DRUMS
"Spocket’s self-titled and first release represents the best in funk rock coming from the younger side of the Chicago jazz scene. It manages to be clean and slick without being over-produced and gimmicky. The horn players are tight as a section yet speak with pronounced individual voices when called upon to do so, and the rhythm section is a single fluid entity roiling beneath the melodies, both predetermined and improvised.
The album starts strong on "Foxin" which features a tasty solo by trombonist Josh Torrey along with his phat sound and his singing through the horn while playing. Being a guitar-driven funk group, the door has been left wide open for keyboardist Carl Kennedy to lay his personal stamp on this album, and at every turn, you feel his presence. With his groovier-than-thou organ solo on "Purple Camo" and his smart harmonies on "Boomski", Kennedy knows the perfect moment to come to the fore and when to be more felt than heard. Spocket close out strong with a slow build capped off by a soaring melody delivered raucously over and over again.
With many similar jazz/funk rock outfits on the Chicago scene, Spocket easily stands out as one of the more polished and downright fun to dance to groups. They certainly had the crowd moving at their release show at Schuba’s, and I look forward to grooving along with them at future shows."
- Alex Marianyi, nextbop.com
"You give me hope for music's future" - Nick Digilio, WGN Radio
"Chicago Jazz/Funk masters" - Radio One Chicago