New England natives BOBBY are one of the indie world's most un-Googleable bands (even searching "bobby + band" will get you mostly hair product advertisements), so it's appropriate that their music possesses a mystifying air of elusiveness. In fact, elusiveness might as well be the band's middle name - the sometimes-seven-piece claim as their namesake and inspiration a never-seen eighth member, Bobby himself, whose stage fright prevents him from performing along with the songs the band have been writing for him since they formed as students at Vermont's Bennington College. Perfectly catering to the imaginative, cryptic mythos of their origin story, select highlights from Bobby's self-titled 2011 debut record see the band crafting mysterious, intoxicating atmospheric soundscapes, others sound like early Kate Bush (courtesy Molly Sarle and Amelia Meath of Mountain Man, who trade off vocal duties with founding member Tom Greenberg) transplanted into the toe-tapping, polyrhythmic tropes of 2010s indie pop - whatever the case, close your eyes and you'll probably easily visualize feeling your way through a dark forest full of mist.
To get a feel for Bobby's live show before they bring it to the Iron Horse on Wednesday December 7th (with Nathan Hobbes and Brooklyn's fantastic The Loom) check out this video of languid, reverb-drenched album highlight "Groggy," recorded for LA music blog Yours Truly.
Yours Truly Presents: Bobby "Groggy" from Yours Truly on Vimeo.