Monday, February 21, 2011

Review - AUDIO/ROCKETRY -- Eastward + Onward


A few lucky people in Yorkton who were at 5th Avenue Cup & Saucer June 27, know first hand just how good Audio/Rocketry is. The band headlined a three-act show that night, and showed a stage energy which was infectious in the intimate coffeehouse atmosphere.
What those who were not out for the Sunday night show missed was a band which had a sort of ‘Prairie-fied’ Great Big Sea sound.
In talking to the band after the show one other reviewer had drawn the comparison, and had suggested that was a detriment.
To me it is not.
The band, which hails from Alberta, has a sort of East Coast sensibility to their sound, and the energy of Great Big Sea, and that means they’re fun.
The Prairie aspect comes at times from elements which remind a bit of the Corb Lund Band.
Now if you think about the two aforementioned bands, a common element is energy, and Audio/Rocketry brings that by the bushel. I’m sure there was a scuff mark or two on the floor from the foot stomping of lead singer Joe Vickers.
Vickers has a nice folk/indie/punk voice, and really carries the music with its generally upbeat approach.
The CD has 14-songs, so if you missed the show you can get a great feel for this energy band by grabbing the disk.
Favourite cuts include Gypsy Gal, Hallelujah Halifax (for its pure energy), Ramblin’ Shoes and Two Chords.
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-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper July 7, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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