Rocket Summer at Highline Ballroom
212-414-5994 www.highlineballroom.com Ages: Adult $13 advance, $15 day of show
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Texas native Bryce Avary, the singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer mastermind behind The Rocket Summer, has accomplished enough for someone a lot older, as he prepares for the release of his fifth full-length album, Life Will Write the Words (2012). Since launching his career as a 16-year-old with the independently released The Rocket Summer EP (2000), a name he took from a Ray Bradbury short story, Avary has toured around the world, selling out venues not just in the US, but in Canada, the UK, Australia, and Japan as well, while playing such noted events as the UK's Glastonbury Festival, Scotland's T in the Park, Japan's Summer Sonic Festival, Australia's Soundwave Festival, Austin City Limits, SXSW, Bamboozle, Cornerstone, and the 2007 and 2010 Vans Warped Tours.
Judging by his past success and his enthusiastic base of hardcore fans, Avary is definitely doing something right. His latest release, Of Men and Angels (2010), debuted as the No. 1 album on iTunes, and the title track from his previous album Do You Feel (2007) exploded into an internet phenomenon, receiving over four million plays on The Rocket Summer's Myspace Page. As he looks forward to the release of what is likely to become another massive hit, he reflects on the songwriting process that led to its creation."I [tried] to write songs the whole world would want to sing along to, but I also [wanted] to make an album of genuine and honest songs written from my heart that musically and lyrically are better than anything I have done before, and above all [would] be an album that would hopefully move and affect people. For me it's all about focusing everything you have on making the greatest music you can without banking on anything else. I'm grateful to be doing this, and I want to do this for the right reasons."
Although The Rocket Summer has toured with the Goo Goo Dolls, OneRepublic, Paramore, Relient K, Jimmy Eat World, The All-American Rejects, Copeland, All Time Low, The Ataris, Something Corporate, Plain White T's, Hellogoodbye, Phantom Planet, Switchfoot, and many others, this summer Avary steps into the headlining spot to promote Life Will Write the Words (due out on June 5th). Like his albums, his live shows are all about positivity, optimism, sing-alongs, excitement, and overcoming struggles. Avary looks forward to connecting with his fans on this tour. "We have this loyal, hardcore following and I couldn't be more grateful for this. I keep pushing myself forward, trying to make great records, trying to put on the best live performance I can, all the while expanding The Rocket Summer to as far as it can be taken."
Joe Brooks, Royal Teeth, Tidewater open.