Like A Rocket is pleased to announce the release of their third full length album, High John The Conqueror. A deep slide into a mixture of Southern Rock and Cosmic Western folk, High John the Conqueror has received some righteous reviews. Here's a sample with links where available.
Album Of The Month August 2017- RabblerouserRadio.com
Fred Mills - Blurt Magazine
Classic blues imagery abounds—roosters that are crowing, muddy waters that keep flowing, slaves on the block, “Tarrytown,” ropes dangling from trees, (High John The Conqueror) powers straight outta the gate with raucous, roots-rock raveup “Ain’t It All A Work Song” Sinewy yet deeply melodic Americana is the name of the game, from the twangy, Georgia Satellites-esque “Follow Me Down (to the party by the river)” and slide guit-powered stomper “The Devil of T.V. Paul’s” to the straight-up country rock of “Tuxedo and Anna Leigh” and lovely, Latin-infused cowboy ballad “Magdalena.” -
It’s a masterful performance, part Steve Earle, part “Sympathy”-era Stones, part Robert Johnson, all Like A Rocket.
Sean Samuel Kelly Idafolk Records
The story telling is superb, the music is honest and sweeping, making this album seem like a colorful soundtrack to a stranger’s diary. The lyrics alone are enough to make it an instant classic. Speedy’s words are easy to relate with, they are familiar, comforting. Such as in the song ‘Magdelena’, a 9 minute long, heart-wrenching, acoustic driven offering that leaves you feeling as if you’ve just literally walked a few miles in some one else’s shoes. And maybe because it’s the last song on the album you really have. There’s rock, there’s blues, there’s pain, there’s joy...
Dustin Verburg Boise Underground Music Pages #4 August 2017
Like A Rocket are a band you can actually have a drink with, before, after, or during one of their performances.-
Tunes like Ain't It All A Work Song and The devil Of TV Paul's offer listeners an uptempo, bludgeon-boogie, while songs like San Mateo and Magdalena cast a poetic, working class shadow of despair on the classic love lorn ballad.-
Though each member of the band hails from a different corner of the world, they come together to play a brand of hard-to-define music that epitomizes the Idaho experience. They play outlaw songs for the reluctantly lawful, working class anthems for people who would rather secretly call in sick. Because they're more interested in truth and grit than in attention and glamour, Like A Rocket play songs for all of us.
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Reviews For Welcome To Anhedonia
Ben Schultz Here Comes The Dumptruck
If there's any justice, the release of Welcome to Anhedonia should garner Like A Rocket even more attention. The album is a full-bodied dose of lust, fear, guilt and rage. -
-The album has enough fiery guitar to make any red-blooded Skynyrd fan tumescent. The outro to "Legend of a Fool," for example, features not just one but three solos all stacked on top of each other (the first by Speedy Gray, the second by Z.V. House, the third by Built to Spill's Brett Netson ). That tapestry of guitar is just one of many inspired production touches. Others include the smoky saxophone playing beneath the bluesy guitar solo on "China White" and the shimmering strings and sarcastically rising harmonies on "Ready for the Fall."
Staff writer Boise Weekly
Like A Rocket cites the Western Gothic ideal and Cormac McCarthy as indirect influences on its latest concept album, Welcome to Anhedonia. On the new record, singer Speedy Gray, bassist Z.V. House and drummer Max Klymenko weave tales of death, heartbreak and old Beelzebub himself.
When You Motor Away
Like A Rocket, from Boise, is playing in the country-folk tradition of artists like The Bottle Rockets and Jay Farrar. On some of their earlier stuff, it was a country-rock shuffle, but this one, an advance for an upcoming EP, is a Woody Guthrie-style ballad: Here's "Reason For The Gun"
Reviews for Hey Man
-Doug Tepp Bloodsport Symphony
"..I kept asking myself, what is the glue that is holding this wildly divergent collection of songs together? Then a week in I realized that just like Liz Phair's "Guyville" answering "Exile On Main Street", Like A Rocket has crafted an (intentional?) answer to The Predenders' debut. Poppy 60's jangle tune? Got it. Side 2 instrumental? Angular rock? Got it. Anger over betrayal? Introspective looks at love, politics, and friendship? It's all here. I hope people discover this gem in the rough."
Andrew Crisp Boise Weekly
Boise’s Like a Rocket do the alt-country genre one better by ditching the often over-hyped Old West motif. The band has dubbed its sound “Southern rocking funk and alt-country.” On “8th Ave Love Poem #1,” lead singer/guitarist Speedy Gray croons about his love for a New York girl with a bluesy tone reminiscent of Mark Knopfler. It’s the kind of song you want to learn all the lyrics to so you can belt it out while you hug the stage. A catchy drum line and guitar riff melt into an addictive tune as Gray sings, “Maybe what’s wrong with me / is what’s wrong with you?” on the opening song What’s Wrong With You. The flute accompaniment on “Every Time Sweet” might catch you off guard, but you stay with the guys because they so perfectly fill their roles. The band is akin to The Animals in its early years, with a style that’s somehow classic and modern all at once..