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Rocket 3’s What’s the Frequency? An Ingenious Indie-Pop Album with All the Feels

Indie trio Rocket 3 is back with a new album that will knock your socks off. Their first album, Burn, was an absolute gem, so it is no surprise that this one, What’s the Frequency?, is solid gold as well. This album is not to be missed, and will take you on an emotional journey filled with nostalgia.

What’s the Frequency? kicks off with a jangly tune titled “I Choose Love.” The use of glockenspiel combined with Ramune Nagisetty’s warm vocals is so soothing, it sounds like a more intricate version of a lullaby. Not only is this a great song, it comes with a beautiful message, especially in this divisive political climate: we should all choose love. The second song on the album, “Echoes,” recounts a memory of an audience member being humiliated in an auditorium full of people laughing at their expense. The lyrics paint this picture as clear as day, and you can’t help but empathize for said audience member. The following tune, “What If” is a brilliant song about the struggles of drug addiction and how a “little pill” can ruin relationships. Despite having such a heavy subject, this song sounds uplifting. The use of masterful lyrics, a lilting melody, an epic rhythm section by Andrew Anymouse and Kenneth Foust, along with soulful keyboard by Gavin Duffy, make this song such a treat to listen to.

Next is my favorite song on the album: “Hip Shot.” This song is unbelievably catchy, and the saxophone playing by the very talented Gavin Duffy, really adds to this track’s shine. The infectious groove of this song will make you want to dance. After this comes “Favorite Thing,’ a song about true love and how it has grown over time. This song has a reggae feel, and is sure to hit home for those in love – both new love and love that has stood the test of time. Following this is a feel good summer jam, “Slow Your Roll,” which is all about taking it easy. The following tune is a breakup track titled “Giving Up.” This song has very relatable lyrics that tug at the heart strings, and will resonate with those who have ever been through a breakup. Gavin Duffy slays on keys, Kenneth Foust and Andrew Anymouse bring the groove, and Ramune Nagisetty nails it on the rhythm guitar as well as on vocals. Nagisetty’s vocals throughout the album are rich and emotional, conveying the feeling of the songs so well.

The next song, “I Don’t Need Ya,” is about the root of all evil, money. Specifically, it’s about breaking away from the concept that money rules all. The closing track on the album, “Evershine,” is about a relationship that has run its course. Nagisetty sings from the point of view of the partner who has been wronged time and time again and is leaving. This song is very musically interesting, and includes gorgeous saxophone playing performed by Gavin Duffy, metallophone performed by Andrew Anymouse, and a melody that is sure to get stuck in your head. This tune starts and closes with beautifully harmonized “oohs” and “ahs” that may induce goosebumps.

This album is incredible from start to finish. It has been in my heavy rotation since I got my hands on a copy in July, and I have a feeling it will be for a long time. Be sure to give it a listen if you are on the hunt for ingenious indie-pop with all the feels.

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-Carmen Charters

“Evershine” by Rocket 3 releases today – Inspired Rock!

Since the release of Rocket 3’s last album BURN in 2014, Ramune Nagisetty and her band have not stopped writing new music. The band also has not stopped thinking about how to grow and change. Today, Rocket 3 released their first single since BURN. The song is called “Evershine”, and I think you’re going to love it! “Evershine” is the first single to be released from a full length album that is well underway.  We can expect to enjoy the entire full length album early next year, according to Nagisetty.

ROCKET 3’s modus operandi: “Bash the eardrum, touch the heart, and give the frontal lobes a bit to savor—the way the best rock & roll is and always has been.” “Evershine” is a beauty of a song, with the elated psychedelic instrumentals and convincing lyrics and warm harmonies that we’ve come to expect and love from this band. Have a listen and see if you don’t fall in love with this sound! Some changes in the band are highlighted with the upcoming album’s first release: this is the first recording to feature one of Ken Foust’s (bass player) tunes. The new song also features Gavin Duffy on saxophone.

All proceeds of this track and the entire Rocket 3 discography will be donated to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research through the end of the year.  Parkinson’s has affected Nagisetty’s family (her dad)  and drummer Drew’s family (Drew’s late father, mother-in-law, and aunt). Music can be found on Bandcamp. Take a moment, listen to “Evershine”, and then reflect for a while. Rocket 3’s songs always challenge me to step outside of my plans and lists…just to relax and get carried away by music. It’s a pretty good feeling!