Sydney indie four-piece Rockets are due to release their second EP ‘Nothing to Say’ full of dirty indie soaked rock n roll next month.
Rockets are kind of what I imagined would result if the Strokes Julian Casablancas and Arctic Monkeys Alex Turner got married, had four boys and gave them some instruments. They have those fantastic baselines synonymous with both bands and the vocals by Hewett Cook are scratchy but melodic and give off that dirty, smart-arse vibe that characterises the Arctic Monkeys.
‘McBird’ is one of my favourite tracks off the EP, and shows off the vocals of Hewett Cook perfectly. The track is also exceptionally well layered from the bouncy beginning, to the slow vocal verses, before finally erupting into the chorus where everybody joins in. I love the intricate little guitar riffs peppered throughout and how the bass, guitars and drums all come together in the climax to create a sound that is almost like one awesome instrument.
The good news is that the rest of the tracks are also pretty awesome, and its nigh on impossible to pin-point a weak link in the EP. ‘Cools J’Tard’ is another favourite which is laced with killer bass riffs. ‘The Night Off’ is a bit more fast-paced and has some cool drumming patterns. There is also the slower ‘Sparring Partners’, and ‘Tell You Nothing’ which bring you more solid indie rock tunes.
This EP was a real find, and Rockets are definitely a band to watch in the future. ‘Nothing to Say’ is released on June 8th and be sure to get your hands on it. Until then have a peak at the bands facebook and unearthed pages to download a couple of the tracks, or you can stream the EP in full here.