It's billed as a return, but it's not really. It's more of a revival.
To the elation of music fans in Savannah, Whaleboat is back. On March 29, the trio will release a new EP, and then rock your socks at Dollhouse Productions along with Omingnome, Company (or Co.), and Tonto.
"I wouldn't necessarily call it a return; we never really went anywhere," frontman Brent Collins said.
"We just took a little breather for a while. We all have full-time jobs that we work. It was all on me, basically. I needed to take a little breather."
The four-track EP "Convoys" will hit the digital market April 1. Whaleboat will be selling limited edition CDs at Saturday's show.
Whaleboat went on hiatus around May 2013, but never truly evaporated. Bassist Donald Moats and drummer Jeremiah Stuard have kept themselves busy.
This electric rhythm section are the local equivalent of The Band - you're never sure where they might show up.
A short while ago, Moats and Stuard joined forces with Phillip Reynolds Price and Anna Chandler to form the COEDS.
A gritty rock band that is, literally, playing everywhere these days. They also both played in Sins of Godless Men.
"Convoys" is a combination of new and old. The third track, "See You There," was on an earlier Whaleboat release, but was rearranged in the studio for the new EP. "Cold Love Wars," which is reminiscent of The Shins, is also a Whaleboat standard.
Joining the older tracks are two new tunes, "Magic Touch" and "Night Swimming." The new EP was recorded at Dollhouse Productions in Savannah.
The EP's title was influenced by Collins' love of nautical themes, a side effect of being a Savannah native.
The concert will also be a showcase of mostly local talent, as well as an eclectic mix of sound.
Savannah's Omnignome borders on the experiment with a theremin up front, while Savannah's Tonto and Charleston's Company are more straightforward rock.
Tonto has hints of country influence in their rock, while Company dips into a pop/rock sound - all of which should encompass an interesting range of tonal harmony, or disharmony, if you prefer.
Although Whaleboat is Collins' first go-around as a frontman (he usually plays the drummer in projects), it would be hard to imagine that.
Their music is sturdy and driven by Collins' creative voice, which in conjunction with a stellar rhythm section, represents the best of indie rock these days.
"Sometimes you need to take care of yourself and get a breather," Collins said.
"I miss playing the songs, and I miss playing with the guys. I love the fact that people were still asking about Whaleboat.
"To be honest, I love our fans. I love that they've been so supportive."