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
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
"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.
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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