Williams Shift has been a long dream for Matthew Stone even while he was touring with Saxon Shore. “Dock Ellis Spirit Animal” represents a touchstone and transitional point from his work as guitarist in Saxon Shore and the more pop elements captured in We Were Wonderers. A track like “Sustained Combustion” from the Saxons’ It Doesn’t Matter was a Stone-penned melody initially conceived as a proto-Wiliiams Shift track. On “Dock Ellis,” Stone’s instrumental pop melody continues on that spectrum with Stephen Roessner’s production mixing in various guitar arrangements to heighten the pure pop energy. Thematically, Dock Ellis’ no-hitter story ranks high in the canon of crazy baseball stories and links back to some of the Ted Williams baseball themes on the album. Stream the track through the embedded bandcamp link below, pre-order the digital release through the band, pre-order the 2xLP /cassette package of We Were Wonderers from btv, and pre-order the We Were Wonderers Instrumentals cassette from our good friends at Flannelgraph Records in Bloomington, IN.