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Thursday, March 17 • 10:45pm - 11:45pm
The Rocketboys

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Austin-based indie band The Rocketboys—with no label and minimal outside help during the past five years—have paved their own way, achieving successful appearances at Austin City Limits (2007), SXSW (2010) and CMJ (2009), to name a few. After the self release of their well-received, debut full-length, 20,000 Ghosts, in 2009, The Rocketboys had tracks featured on a plethora of TV shows including 2010 Winter Olympic Games, The Real World, Teen Mom, The Buried Life and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, among others. Their self-sustaining streak ended when the band rallied their friends and fans across the country for their newest effort, Wellwisher, taking the recording process on the road and tracking almost the entire EP while on tour. From the back of the van to living rooms to the Paste Magazine office, The Rocketboys asked their talented friends to play and sing various parts on the recording, sacrificing sleep and sanity for a few weeks to record Wellwisher. Singer Brandon Kinder describes Wellwisher not as a concept album but a concept experience. The musical collaboration and nomadic recording process, combined with the lyrical themes of unity, brotherhood and relationships, all contributed to and exuded from the final product. “It’s interesting how it all came together and meshed thematically,” Kinder said. “The lyrics about the importance of the people in your life, our friends across the country who recorded various parts and everyone who helped us financially made the entire process about unity and collaboration.” The Rocketboys are still "creating rich anthems that are as infectious as they are sincere" (Paste Magazine) with "clear, ringing guitars and full-bodied keyboard arrangements, hard-driving drum lines and well-practiced transitions between calm and controlled chaos" (Austin American-Statesman). The band has already begun writing its second full-length, which will expand upon what Wellwisher offers. The currently unnamed release will be out by summer 2011 and feature a bucket of brand new songs from the boys.

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The Rocketboys

For The Rocketboys, the past two years have been a resilient journey. After nearly calling it quits when half the band parted ways in early 2011, the remaining three members resuscitated the acclaimed melodic rock band with a lush, cathartic album: “Build Anyway.” Since “Build... Read More →

Thursday March 17, 2011 10:45pm - 11:45pm CDT

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