I started listening to the Rocketboys when they formed in Abilene, Texas years ago. Their powerful music, tumultuous history, and journey to settling in Austin has earned the Rocketboys a place among my favorite featured bands.
The Rocketboys were the soundtrack to my growing up. Over the years, I have watched the band develop a complex and emotional voice. With a style ranging from powerful and sweeping to fragile and melodic, the Rocketboys have spent the past seven years crafting a sound that is their own.
The Rocketboys have released mutiple popular albums which, coupled with many tours and live performances, allowed their music and lyrics to garner fans across the country. Large-scale festivals like Austin City Limits have thrust this once small-town band onto the national stage.
Life on the road took its toll on the Rocketboys, though. Much to my dismay, the band members split for a while to pursue their own projects. Eventually, the three remaining members came together to revive the band as it’s known today.
The Rocketboy’s current album, entitled “Build Anyway,” is largely an expression of the band’s personal and musical reconstruction. The dramatic change in lineup, coupled with the struggle to rebuild, allowed the Rocketboys to experiment with more dynamic and intimate ideas. “Build Anyway” develops the emotions that arise from vulnerability and the search for peace and closure. Be sure to pick it up when it hits shelves this June.
“What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.” -Kent Keith (made famous by Mother Teresa)
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