Playing with euphoria |

Playing with euphoria

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BRECKENRIDGE – Leave it to college students to name their band after an obscure concept.But you have to admit, it’s kind of cool to name yourself after a short story about a man who collects frequencies from outer space in a box, which then emits a low-level hum, putting everyone near it into a state of euphoria.Bockman’s Euphio began with young musicians jamming at bars in Columbia, Mo., in search of a unique sound.They experimented with different progressive rock and pop sounds, searching for the right vibe to deliver audiences into a blissful state.After two years of sonic exploration, the four housemates and musicians are beginning to hone their sound.”We’ve started to head in a more song-oriented direction, but we’re trying not to lose the progressive-rock edge,” said bassist Wil Reeves. “We want a sound that someone who’s into complex music and someone who’s into simple music can enjoy.”With its tighter focus, the group also has begun to question its original goal of euphoria.

“We kind of (fought) ourselves on ‘Gorjus: Fighting Bockman’s Euphio,'” Reeves said. “At the same time, we haven’t escaped that notion (of creating euphoria). We originally were using the euphoria as a means to escape reality, whereas now we’re using the music to embrace reality – emotions like anger, sadness, happiness.”Songs range from hints of David Byrne and Modest Mouse to a Jeff Beck and Flaming Lips collaboration, with shades of The Sea and Cake in between.Bockman’s Euphio plays tonight at Sherpa & Yeti’s in Breckenridge.

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