The Rocketboys CD Release Show Tonight at The ND
It was not an uncommon scenario, perhaps not the first time you’ve heard it. The Rocketboys were juggling a hectic schedule in support of their releases, the critically-acclaimed 20,000 Ghosts (2009) and their follow-up EP Wellwisher (2010). Reviews praised the band’s anthemic, expansive, luminous sound, and the vocals of frontman Brandon Kinder.
Things had been quite different since quieter beginnings in Abilene and the band had been touring literally non-stop, with an itinerary that included several festival appearances. But the pressure and stress of such a busy lifestyle became too much to handle for half of the band. Three of the members left to pursue other projects. It was time for a break.
Although there were good things to come out of the separation, including an opportunity for Kinder to work on a solo EP, the hiatus was starting to look more like a complete breakup. However, the three remaining band mates – Kinder, keyboardist Justin Wiseman, and bassist Josh Campbell – decided instead to rebuild and refocus. It was a long and difficult process, but the collaboration paid off. The Rocketboys just released their new album Build Anyway, a lush and sweeping collection of summer pop, and an emotional reflection upon the challenges of their experience.
The Rocketboys are celebrating with a CD release party tonight at The ND, located at E. 5th St. and Brushy. The bill includes performances by L.A.-based indie rock quintet Vanaprasta, Dallas indie pop quintet Air Review, and local post-rockers Equals. Doors open at 8 p.m. Quite an epic evening planned. Check it out.