The Rocket Summer are streaming their new album, Life Will Write The Words, over on PureVolume. The album is due out tomorrow Tuesday, June 5th. The album will be released independently on the bands own label Aviate Records.
He Is We have announced an upcoming tour with The Rocket Summer. Kicking off on October 10th in Orlando, the two-month trek spans both coasts and marks He Is We’s first full tour of the U.S. He Is We will take a day off on The Rocket Summer tour to support Yellowcard on Nov 13th in Pomona, CA at the Glass House, which is one of Yellowcard‘s highly-anticipated U.S. shows this year (see all tour dates below).
For their debut, He Is We enlisted local producers Casey Bates (Chiodos, Portugal. The Man, Foxy Shazaam) and Aaron Sprinkle (The Almost, Eisley, Pedro The Lion, Mae) to help harness their sound, with additional recording done in New York City with Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson). Expect the bands debut album in stores this November.
He Is We tour dates
w/ The Rocket Summer
10/10 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
10/12 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
10/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Olde Bar
10/14 – Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club
10/17 – Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head Tavern
10/18 – Providence, RI @ The Met
10/19 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
10/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
10/21 – Toronto, ONT @ Wrongbar
10/23 – S. Hackensack, NJ @ School of Rock
10/24 – Allston, MA @ Harpers Ferry
10/25 – New York, NY @ Webster Studio
10/27 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot (Pike Room)
10/28 – Lansing, MI @ The Loft
10/29 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
10/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
11/1 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
11/4 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
11/5 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
11/6 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
11/8 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
11/13 – Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse (w/ Yellowcard)
11/14 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
11/17 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
11/18 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
11/20 – Tulsa, OK @ Marquee
11/21 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory
11/23 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs Bar-B-Q
11/26 – Houston, TX @ Bronze Peacock
11/27 – Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar
Bryce from The Rocket Summer has announced a U.S. headlining tour starting this Septermber. Joining the band will be Phantom Planet, The Secret Handshake and The Morning Light. Check out a video below of the announcment.
The dates for the 2008 Alternative Press Tour have been announced. All Time Low and The Rocket Summer will be the co-headliners for the tour and The Matches, Sonny and Forever The Sickest Kids will be in support of the tour.
Fri/3-14 Houston, TX | Warehouse
Sat/3-15 Austin, TX | SXSW (free show!)
Sun/3-16 Dallas, TX | House Of Blues
Tue/3-18 Tucson, AZ | Rialto
Wed/3-19 Phoenix, AZ | Marquee
Thu/3-20 Las Vegas, NV | Jillians
Fri/3-21 San Diego, CA | Soma
Sat/3-22 TBA (California)
Mon/3-24 Pomona, CA | Glasshouse
Tue/3-25 Los Angeles, CA | Henry Fonda
Wed/3-26 San Francisco, CA | Regency at Grand Ballroom
Thu/3-27 Sacramento, CA | Boardwalk
Fri/3-28 Portland, OR | Hawthorne
Sat/3-29 Seattle, WA | Showbox
Mon/3-31 Salt Lake City, UT | Avalon
Tue/4-01 Denver, CO | Boulder Theatre
Wed/4-02 Des Moines, IA | Peoples Court
Thu/4-03 Chicago, IL | House Of Blues
Fri/4-04 Detroit, MI | St Andrews
Sat/4-05 Toronto, ON | Phoenix Theatre
Sun/4-06 Grand Rapids, MI | Intersection
Tue/4-08 Worcester, MA | Palladium
Wed/4-09 Washington, DC | 9:30 Club
Thu/4-10 New York, NY | Irving Plaza
Fri/4-11 Philadelphia, PA | TLA
Sun/4-13 Norfolk, VA | NorVa
Tue/4-15 Charlotte, NC | Tremont
Wed/4-16 Louisville, KY | Headliners
Thu/4-17 Atlanta, GA | Masquerade
Fri/4-18 Orlando, FL | House Of Blues
Sat/4-19 Ft. Lauderdale, FL | Revolution
Sun/4-20 Tampa, FL | Jannus Landing
Wed/4-23 St. Louis, MO | Pops
Sun/4-27 Buffalo, NY | Club Infinity
Tue/4-29 Hartford, CT | venue TBA
Wed/4-30 Allentown, PA | Crocodile
Thu/5-01 Pittsburgh, PA | Diesel
Fri/5-02 Cleveland, OH | venue TBA
October 24th, 2007Ã¢â‚¬”The 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C. A high-ceilinged, cavernous room, equipped with the relatively small stage, ample floor space, and spacious balcony seating well-suited for the intimate big band shows the 9:30 Club is known for are all part of the setting visible to the plethora of young rock fans awaiting the headliners of the Sleeping with Giants Tour. It’s approximately 9:00, and after enjoying, and inevitably singing and dancing with and moshing to, the four other bands in the diverse lineup offered to fans on this tour (The Rocket Summer, Sherwood, Armor for Sleep, and the recently added Cobra Starship), the audience is restless, some migrating to the close by merch tables and others even daring to venture to the club’s sports bar.
But at the soft strum of a guitar, and the appearance of the five young men comprising band The Academy Is…,the crowd focused full attention on the stage, drawn to the rock’n’roll-rooted band like flies to a strong light.
Although only five years in the making, indie label Fueled By Ramen The Academy Is… has already made huge strides towards success in the alternative rock genre. Since switching labels in 2004 (after impressing FBR with self-titled EP Ã¢â‚¬Å“The AcademyÃ¢â‚¬), TAI has produced two well-received studio albums, in addition to touring with a slew of successful bands, including renowned pop punk band Fall Out Boy. TAI’s soft alternative sound is defined by frontman William Beckett’s serene, feminine vocals. The Sleeping With Giants tour marked their first headlining tour after revealing sophomore album Ã¢â‚¬Å“SantiÃ¢â‚¬, and thus far, has been as successful as the band itself.
Needless to say, TAI’s rousing live performance and lively band members were more than enough to get fans yet again moving. Frontman William Beckett seemed to recognize the effectiveness of focusing more on performing for the audience than speaking to them. Generally quiet though he may have been, he had a very strong connection to the crowd, who he entertained with his constant movement and uniquely soft singing voice.
Beckett’s singing combined with the raw talent of band members Andy Mrotek, Mike Carden, Adam Siska, and recently recruited guitarist Michael Guy Chislett created a great live performance that matched if not trumped the sounds on their studio albums. Their wide-ranged set list contributed to the quality of their set. TAI played hits both off of debut full-length album, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Almost HereÃ¢â‚¬ and April 2007 release, Ã¢â‚¬Å“SantiÃ¢â‚¬, many tracks of which hadn’t been performed live prior to the Sleeping With Giants tour. Starting with song Ã¢â‚¬Å“Same BloodÃ¢â‚¬ and wrapping up with Ã¢â‚¬Å“Everything We HadÃ¢â‚¬, The Academy Is… put on a very worthwhile show that, along with the quality of the other four bands’ performances, produced a top notch show experience.
These Ã¢â‚¬Å“other four band’s performancesÃ¢â‚¬ can hardly go without mention, as each contributed to the high quality of the show.
First to perform, and most recently added to the tour, was up and coming techno-incorporated band Cobra Starship. Having had their own sophomore album Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã‚¡Viva La Cobra!Ã¢â‚¬ released the prior day, Cobra Starship was on top of their game. Cobra completed captivated the audience throughout their notably brief performance, something probably attributed to frontman Gabe Saporta’s larger than life stage presence.
Sherwood, the most obscure band in the lineup, performed second, delivering a good quality though nondescript performance. Their alternative rock sound transferred well from the studio to the stage, Sherwood’s only hindering factor being their lack of strong connection with the audience.
Rather than continuing with Sherwood’s trend of slight indistinctness, The Rocket Summer put on a show comparable to that of Cobra Starship. The Rocket Summer’s performance was optimistic, fresh, and rejuvenating, administering a crowd-pleasing sound and completely rousing the audience with their guitar and piano-integrated sound.
Prior to The Academy Is… was Armor for Sleep, providing the darkest sound and lyrics of all of the artists in the lineup. Band members donned ironically in clothing that made them appear as though they were schoolboys, Armor For Sleep gave a very interesting performance, their set list including a wide range of songs off of all three of their albums.
Needless to say, what with its diverse and wholly positive lineup, The Academy Is…’s Sleeping With Giants tour is one to watch as it continues into November.
The Rocket Summer have launched a new website. Their latest album, Do You Feel is in stores now.
July 17th was a day that had long been marked on my calendar. It marked the release date of The Rocket Summer’s junior album Ã¢â‚¬” Do You Feel. The joy of my anticipation was killed when my pre-order did not arrive in the mail on the exact release date. I refused to wait another day so I headed over to the store without hesitation to buy what would be my second purchase of the new Rocket Summer record.
I popped in the cd and infectious pop filled my ears to their content. “Break It Out” Ã¢â‚¬” the first track was full of more energy then any song I had yet to hear this year. Instead of being eased into the album you are commanded to jump in and you are kept captivated the entire time. Every song is phenomenal and the flow of the record brings you full circle – from diving in with massive spirit in the first track to bringing it down a bit in the humbly written “Back to You” and ending things with the inspiring lyrics and vocals in “So In This Hour…”
This record definitely marks a transition from an indie to a major label for TRS. Do You Feel has a much bigger sound and has some strong elements that Hello Good Friend and Calendar Days did not. This is very evident in “So Much Love”. The song features Stevie Wonder’s horn section which could not have been more appropriately placed Ã¢â‚¬” I believe this song is the triumph of the album.
In today’s world of music and entertainment you are hard pressed to find artists who express themselves in a way that reaches out to others with a positive perspective. That is why Bryce Avary deserves the utmost respect for where he has placed himself in the music world. The first two Rocket Summer albums were themed with honesty and sincerity that was undeniable and that same earnestness can be found in listening to Do You Feel.
It is difficult for me to find much of anything to complain about when giving my thoughts on this record – it is everything that a long time fan of The Rocket Summer could ever want and it stretches beyond that to reach a whole new group of soon to be Rocket Summer fans. The album in its entirely is an accomplishment for Bryce Avary that appropriately follows up his last records.
Be sure to check out the The Rocket Summer on the last weeks of warped tour and then into the fall as they open up for the Sleeping with Giants tour headlined by The Academy Is… If you have never been to a Rocket Summer show before and you love the cd you are in for the time of your life. The power from Bryce’s live performance combined with dedication and excitement from the fans creates an unstoppable dance party that you are sure to want to be a part of.
1. Break It Out
2. So Much Love
3. Do You Feel
5. All I Have
6. High Life Scenery
7. A Song Is Not A Business Plan
8. Taken Aback
10. Run To You
11. Hold It Up
13. So, In This Hour…
As a follow up to Tyler’s previous post where he guessed the number of albums going to be sold for MxPx, Roony, Yellowcard, and The Rocket Summer, you can see the actual numbers below.
MxPx – 9,500
Yellowcard – 40,000
Roony – 15,000
The Rocket Summer – 15,000