The Rocketboys

The Rocketboys

Must Be the Holy Ghost, Brother Cephus

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

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The Rocketboys
The Rocketboys
Mainstays of the Austin music scene for nearly a decade, anthemic ambient
rock band The Rocketboys have steadily built a loyal following over the
course of two LPs and a handful of EPs. Their dynamic, majestic songs have
earned comparisons to Coldplay, Arcade Fire and Band of Horses, and
they’ve captured audiences nationwide with a soaring, stirring live show.
After nearly five years without a full-length release, The Rocketboys return
with Certain Circles-- a seasoned and cohesive LP that combines the
grandiosity of the band’s debut 20,000 Ghosts with the soul of sophomore
effort Build Anyway-- with a sprinkling of their 2015 EP Left | Right's pop-
sensibility.
The band's brief stint on an indie label in 2015, despite bringing notable
accolades (single Viva Voce on GLEE and over 1 million Spotify streams),
left them never quite feeling comfortable in their own artistic skin. Once they
parted ways, songs that had been set aside during that time for not being “hit-
worthy” resurfaced, and new songs were written with a focus on creating
beautiful music regardless of immediate commercial appeal.
“It’s liberating to return to doing what we love, remember why we were
playing music in the first place," says keyboardist Justin Wiseman. "We’re
incredibly proud of all of the music we’ve created, but with this LP, it feels
like we’re back to doing what we do best.”
Lead singer and guitarist Brandon Kinder agrees. “We’d gone from small
Austin studios, to big LA super studios, to bedrooms, to literally the back of
the van. This time, we mostly recorded at my home studio in Austin because
we wanted to be able to spend a lot of time experimenting with sounds and
parts. It was nice not to feel the pressure of an expensive studio. I think this is
the best thing we’ve ever done because of the extra time we were able to
spend chasing down ideas.”
For their last few releases, Kinder says, the band had drifted toward writing

songs with an agenda behind them. And it was never really supposed to be
that way.
"When we started this band (in college in Abilene, Texas, circa 2005), it
wasn’t to make money, or to write a hit, or to hear our voices on the radio,"
Kinder says. "We just wrote songs that we thought were cool, and we had fun
playing them.
"I wouldn’t trade the experiences we’ve had for anything, because I think
we’ve grown a lot as songwriters and musicians because of it. But I wanted to
get back to that innocence, back to writing with our fans in mind, and not a
dollar sign.”
"It’s why we love standing in front of a microphone and an audience-- and
about what it is to chase a dream until you almost want to give up. Most of
the songs on Certain Circles reflect that journey.”
Adds Wiseman, "Although we loved the songs on Left | Right and relish the
successes it brought, we knew there was something better in terms of what
this band can be. Ironically, we wrote many of the songs before and after that
label stint during some long periods of just...waiting.”
The title Certain Circles refers to a Venn diagram. "It’s one group pulling us
one way, and a different group pulling us another," says Kinder. “We didn’t
realize until we started making this record that there were some groups of
people who had one idea of what they thought The Rocketboys should be,
and there were other groups, other circles that had another idea of who we
are. And at least for me, I lost my direction. I just thought I’d plow along and
see what happened. But when we started making this record, we realized we
wanted to take it back to where we started, and that's just making music that
we love.”
Talk, a live staple of the band for almost two years, makes its recorded debut
on the new LP. "It was going to be one of the main songs on Left | Right, but
at the last minute it was axed," says Wiseman. "To be able to re-think it gave
us a chance to give the song far more meaning. I think it’s probably one of
the best songs we’ve ever done. It always gets a big reaction when we
perform it live.”

The Land that No one Promised Us went through an evolution on its way to
the final tracklist. “Originally it was a super-poppy and fun song, and it
would’ve probably ended up being our most upbeat track ever," says
Wiseman. "Then randomly Brandon did a version of it on piano, playing all
seventh (jazzier) chords and way slower. At first it sounded like a joke. But
then we couldn’t get past this new take, as it fit the lyrics perfectly. Brandon
also did an amazing job with the guitar solo and some other little nuances.”
Kinder describes one of his favorite tracks "You’re Just Going To Let Me
Down Again" (an angst-ridden accusation of a song) "...it was already one of
the best in my opinion, but we were able to add some really interesting
keyboard stuff on it," he says. "And Away We Go -- the ending still gives me
goosebumps everytime I listen to it.”
The Rocketboys’ traditional DIY spirit lives on. The band did much of the
recording themselves, but employed engineer Kevin Butler (Black Books,
Quiet Company) and Andy Freeman (Eisley, Manchester Orchestra) to mix.
It’s a natural progression for a band -- a streamlined, but ambitious effort.
Certain Circles stands to bring nostalgia to longtime fans while standing out
as The Rocketboys' best, most creative material to-date. The end result
sublimely captures the arc of the band's circuitous career. Ten years of highs
and lows are compressed neatly into 40 minutes of music.
Having previously toured with bands ranging from Twenty One Pilots, The
Mowgli’s, and Relient K, and fresh from a nationwide tour backing Thrice
frontman Dustin Kensrue, The Rocketboys previewed much of Certain
Circles on a short fall tour at the end of 2016. With several tracks slated for
release this year, the band will release Certain Circles on May 12, 2017.
The group was born in college dorm rooms in Abilene, TX and swiftly achieved critical acclaim from their debut EP "Sing, Bird, Sing" and LP "20,000 Ghosts". In 2011, 3 of the original 6 members departed, and the band teetered on breaking up. Cautiously attempting to work as a three piece, remaining members Brandon Kinder (singer & guitarist), Justin Wiseman (keyboards) and Josh Campbell (bass), resiliently crafted "Build Anyway" (2012) – a lush, cathartic album which cemented The Rocketboys' status as a formidable rock band.

A strong track record of commercial success testifies to The Rocketboys' keen ability to create and capture unique, emotional musical experiences. "One Tree Hill," "Private Practice," "Elementary," and many others have channeled the band's thematic energy. Reviews often highlight the band's parity to textural acts such as Band of Horses and Death Cab for Cutie while retaining the mass appeal of Coldplay, The Verve and Keane.

No strangers to the road (the band will perform its 700th show this year), The Rocketboys continually find fans across the country with a powerful live show. Armed with a growing collection of new material for a third full-length album, The Rocketboys have begun recording with multi-grammy winning producer, Joe Chicarelli (Manchester Orchestra, The Strokes, The Shins).


The group was born in college dorm rooms in Abilene, TX and swiftly achieved critical acclaim from their debut EP "Sing, Bird, Sing" and LP "20,000 Ghosts". In 2011, 3 of the original 6 members departed, and the band teetered on breaking up. Cautiously attempting to work as a three piece, remaining members Brandon Kinder (singer & guitarist), Justin Wiseman (keyboards) and Josh Campbell (bass), resiliently crafted "Build Anyway" (2012) – a lush, cathartic album which cemented The Rocketboys' status as a formidable rock band.

A strong track record of commercial success testifies to The Rocketboys' keen ability to create and capture unique, emotional musical experiences. "One Tree Hill," "Private Practice," "Elementary," and many others have channeled the band's thematic energy. Reviews often highlight the band's parity to textural acts such as Band of Horses and Death Cab for Cutie while retaining the mass appeal of Coldplay, The Verve and Keane.

No strangers to the road (the band will perform its 700th show this year), The Rocketboys continually find fans across the country with a powerful live show. Armed with a growing collection of new material for a third full-length album, The Rocketboys have begun recording with multi-grammy winning producer, Joe Chicarelli (Manchester Orchestra, The Strokes, The Shins).
Must Be the Holy Ghost
Must Be the Holy Ghost
MUST BE THE HOLY GHOST is the newest vehicle for Winston-Salem's longtime traveler Jared Draughon. Layered rhythms and synths with looping guitars and vocals, a sound both intricately crafted but with ever shifting landscapes. There is no reference to the past, the pulse is skyward, the soul is steady.
Brother Cephus
Brother Cephus
Brother Cephus may have risen from unintentional origins, but for real-life brothers Gabe and Seth Davis, their musical union is anything but accidental. The Davis brothers have been musicians for more than half of their lives. Throughout their journey, they led parallel lives, both playing supporting roles in separate touring bands, taking them to every state in the U.S. and to countries all over the world. . However diverted their paths may have once taken them; they each shared more in common than just DNA. They were both songwriters.

During their former years, the brothers were both busy writing consistently on their own, but soon discovered that they were stronger together. “We respected each other’s abilities and we both had a lot to say, but we also wanted to be a part of what the other was doing,” says Gabe Davis.

Gabe and Seth’s common admiration for great music and devotion to penning honest lyrics led them to each other, and ultimately their natural progression into a band. In 2014, Brother Cephus hit the ground running by releasing Wounded Hearts: Collections 1 and 2. Laid-back folk-guitar stylings, coupled with smooth and fluid drum beats, propelled Brother Cephus forward and helped to garner attention for the band, as they built a fan base in their hometown of Tampa, Florida.

Brother Cephus’ second EP, Noise, was released the following year and took the Davis brothers in a somewhat different direction. Noise’s five tracks were highlighted by a far more aggressive and punchy sound, lending inspiration to their future work.

Following the release of Noise, Brother Cephus went back to writing what eventually led to the creation of their their new collection Not That Important. Opening up to new elements in their sound, Gabe and Seth felt a natural tug away from their folk and indie-rock beginnings. According to Gabe, their new sound has a “hint of Americana and old-rock & roll, but also some post-punk elements....”

For Brother Cephus, writing and recording together is an invaluable experience. “I’m always excited to hear Gabe’s songs, even though they’re our songs. When Gabe played, “How do you do?” I knew, hell yeah, this playful, kind of anxious song fits perfectly where we’re at,” says Seth Davis.

With Not That Important the brothers have evolved and honed in on their own unique new sound, while harmonizing their past and their present. Delightfully buoyant and guitar-centric songs such as “Can We Then?,” juxtaposed with the provocative mellow stylings of more groovy tracks like “Toxic Slip” and the moody “Not Even You,” create a steady ebb and flow throughout the entirety of the 22 minute EP. Each track has its own distinct personality, while simultaneously finding it’s place within the collection.

Though a young band, there is nothing inexperienced about the sound they’ve created with Not That Important, and for Brother Cephus, this is just the beginning. Ultimately, their goal is to create open and honest music while navigating “a very abnormal social climate.” When asked what the future has in store for Brother Cephus, Gabe says that he’ll continue, “writing music, recording, and playing shows with my best friend. [We’ll] Just continue doing what we are doing... hopefully reaching more and more people in the process.”

Brother Cephus will self-release the six-song collection Not That Important on July 21, 2017 on all major digital retailers, streaming partners, and vinyl.
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