The Rocketboys, Daniel Hart


Friday Feb 1st The Rocket Boys and Daniel Hart double headline 502 with Chris Maddin and Honey Son

The Rocketboys

On their previous recordings, “20,000 Ghosts” and “Wellwisher,” The Rocketboys perfectly married themes of unity and brotherhood with rich, soaring rock, lifting the band to national critical acclaim. The band supported its releases with lengthy tours and multiple festival appearances but inevitably the rigors of the road took their toll, eventually rupturing the band’s momentum in the winter of 2010-11. Three members of the sextet of college friends from Abilene, Texas left to focus on other endeavors, and the split nearly ended the band.

The resulting hiatus did have its upside, allowing front-man Brandon Kinder a window both to release a solo EP (under the name “The Wealthy West”) and to pen the theme song for The Discovery Channel’s new hit show “Bering Sea Gold.” However, in the end, the three remaining members (Kinder, keyboardist Justin Wiseman, and bassist Josh Campbell) agreed they weren’t at peace letting The Rocketboys cease to exist.

The initial hurdles of rebuilding, though difficult and disheartening, began to give way to new-found inspiration. Though the song-writing process drastically changed as a result of the reduced lineup, with less cooks in the kitchen, a more broad, dynamic range of ideas and visions fermented and flourished. The end result and forthcoming album is “Build Anyway”. Recorded in their home studio and mixed by CJ Eiriksson (U2, Live, Phish), the album chronicles the emotions that surface through the brokenness in abandonment to the search for peace and closure, both personally and musically.

Daniel Hart

Daniel Hart is a violinist and songwriter from Dallas, Texas. Having spent the past decade touring in and recording for Other Lives, Glasser, St. Vincent, Broken Social Scene, John Vanderslice, The Rosebuds and many others, Daniel released his first solo album, The Orientalist, in May 2012. The songs are about love, wanderlust and otherness; they are polaroids of his adventures traveling India and China over the past few years, and his obsessions related to those travels. “an album of compositions that are movingly ornate and sophisticated without feeling pretentious” – Richie Sullivan, D Magazine




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