Self-taught guitarist Ryan Van Slooten is the force behind a five-piece pop-rock band with a sound one might hear at a dinner party with Toad the Wet Sprocket and R.E.M. at Pete Yorn’s house. Van Slooten’s backing band features guitarist Jacob Jonker, bassist Tom Berrigan and drummer Jake Willis. Erin Aldridge, concert master and lead violinist with the Duluth Superior Orchestra, joined the group after collaborating during a 2015 Bridge Sessions competition. The band plans to release an EP around the time of Homegrown.