By: Ashley Steeley
Previously known as Homer Hiccolm and the Rocketboys, The Rocketboys is an indie rock band formed by six college friends in late 2005 in Abilene, Texas. They gained much of their popularity from playing festivals such as Austin City Limits, Next Big Nashville, CMJ Music Marathon and SXSW (South By Southwest).
Several songs off their first full-length album, “20,000 Ghosts” released in 2009, were featured on E!’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians and MTV’s The Real World and The Buried Life.
The band nearly ended in 2011 when half of the members left to focus on other endeavors but the rebuilding process provided the remaining members with new found inspiration. After focusing on a side project, the remaining three members decided they couldn’t let their collaborative venture die. The Rocketboys began recording in their own studio with mixer CJ Eiriksson (U2, Live, Phish). The result was the release of their second full-length album, appropriately titled “Build Anyway”, in June 2012.
The Rocketboys currently have five members: Brandon Kinder, Josh Campbell, Justin Wiseman, Josh Rodgers and Kyle Samuel.
“‘The Rocketboys’ sound is rife with shimmering ambiance, reverberating piano, pinging guitars and lead singer Brandon Kinder’s smooth yet soaring vocals, bringing a sound resembling other bittersweet and earnest acts such as Keane.” – The Oklahoma Gazette
Don’t miss The Rocketboys at DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC on Monday, March 4!