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The Rocket Summer
The Early Years
The Militia Group/ Island Records

Dallas, Texas based The Rocket Summer is a one-man band comprised of multi-instrumentalist Bryce Avary on lead vocals, drums, piano, electric guitar, bass, synthesizer, and Hammond C3 organ. His EP The Early Years is a series of six catchy, toe tapping, light weight, wind in your hair, SoCal vibe tunes - perfect for "The OC" crowd. With vocals similar to the registers and valve movements of Pierre Bouvier from Simple Plan, The Rocket Summer makes rock music that fans find easy to latch onto and take for a ride.

Similar to songwriters like Cary Brothers and Ben Lee, Avary composes songs from feel good sensations and an optimistic outlook, using undulating chord shifts like on the track "So Far Away" which keeps the music aptly mobile and striving forward into positive sensations. The tune "My Typical Angel" has chord placements reflective of Phantom Planet, mixing acoustic and electric parts and using ingenuity in the shifts rather than a strictly formulaic approach.

"Teenage Love Rock" is an infectious SoCal track with springy movements and a cruising vocal melody. "That's What She Said" provides lightweight pop/rock swags and vocals that flow with a youthful zeal as dwindling xylophone notes poke through the melody. "December Days" is dotted with softcore punk rhythms along exuberant vocal motions that fly over the melodic trusses. The final track "She's A Seven" has much of the same settings to the previous tracks and keeps the optimism deeply swathed in the movements.

The Rocket Summer's EP is easy to listen to, but the tracks lack distinction. The optimism is easy to love, but with similar settings instilled in the music schemes and vocal melodies that keep the same valve structures, the sameness becomes mundane and the songs start to wash into each other. The Early Years is an in your face display of youthful energy and the courage to stay positive in the face of adversity, but the songs lack a wider spectrum of sensations. Avery has room for growth to develop more fullness in The Rocket Summer's tracks. Sometimes making music needs to be more than a one man team.

-Susan Frances

Track listing:
1. So Far Away
2. My Typical Angel
3. Teenage Love Rock
4. That's What She Said
5. December Days
6. She's A Seven

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