In anticipation of their upcoming performances at SXSW, Austin based indie rock trio The Rocketboys have debuted a brand new song, “Bloodless,” from their long-awaited new full-length album, Build Anyway, which is scheduled for release on June 5. The band is set to perform seven shows at SXSW in March; Dates are listed below.
Recorded in their home studio and mixed by CK Eiriksson (U2, Live, Phish), Build Anyway chronicles the emotions that surface through the brokenness in abandonment to the search for peace and closure, both personally and musically. Frontman Brandon Kinder conveys the feelings dreamily as he paints a haunting, yet heartfelt picture with his rich crooning vocals on the album’s debut track, “Bloodless,” giving fans a preview of what’s to come on Build Anyway.
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 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 broader, dynamic range of ideas and visions fermented and flourished. The end result and forthcoming album is Build Anyway.
Build Anyway is set for a June 5th release. The band will be touring nationally May-August; additional dates will be announced soon.
Listen to the single, “Bloodless” now!
The Rocketboys Tour Dates:
March 8 – Austin, TX – Maggie Mae’s (323 E. 6th St.) @ 1:00AM
March 9 – Austin, TX – CNN Grill/Max’s Wine Dive (207 San Jacinto) @ 11:00PM
March 10 – Austin, TX – Maggie Mae’s (323 E. 6th St.) @ 10:30PM
March 12 – Austin, TX – Maggie Mae’s (323 E. 6th St.) @ 8:00PM
March 13 – Mission, TX – Never Say Never Festival @ 4:10PM
March 13 – Austin, TX – B.D. Riley’s (204 E. 6th St.) @ 1:00AM
March 15 – Austin, TX – Maggie Mae’s (323 E. 6th St.) @ 2:45PM
March 17 – Austin, TX – The Rattle Inn/Paper Boat Party (610 Nueces St.) @ 5:45PM
March 22 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz
March 23 – Memphis, TN – Young Ave. Deli (Fareveller Music Festival)
March 24 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
March 31 – San Antonio, TX – Sam’s
May 10 – New Orleans, LA – Circle Bar
May 11 – Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box
May 12 – Tampa, FL – New World Brewery
May 13 – Jacksonville, FL – Burro Bar
May 14 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
May 15 – Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
May 16 – Macon, GA – Hummingbird
May 17 – Pensacola, FL – TBA
May 18 – Baton Rouge, LA – Northgate Tavern
May 19 – Alexandria, LA – Finnegan’s Wake
May 20 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
Press Release courtesy of Secret Service Publicity.