Death, taxes, and change: they’re the only three things you can rely on, and nobody knows about the latter better than Creature Comfort. Since the release of 2016’s Echoes and Relics, the local quintet has navigated through personal turmoil and lineup changes to arrive at what can only be described as a total rebirth. Now, as they prep the release of their upcoming full length, Home Team, they’re back with hard-earned wisdom and an even harder-won sound.

Frontman Jessey Clark’s anthemic, heart-on-your sleeve lyrics and end-of-the-day vocals haven’t gone anywhere, but on Home Team, the writing is—thanks in no small part to new lead guitarist Charlie Hickerson—backed by a rawer sound that draws on the band’s Tullahoma, Tennessee roots. Add in multi-instrumentalist Alex Robinson’s lush backing vocals, Cole Bearden’s ever-mobile bass, and Taylor Cole’s spry drumming, and you’ve got record that the band has affectionately dubbed “bootgaze.” Think of it as Fleet Foxes for people who grew up bailing hay, or your favorite indie record—if that record were scattered, smothered, and covered, of course.

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