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  •  BAND: ROCKET

    Rocket

    Let's do launch

    Rocket — a classic rock-trio setup with veterans of the Gefkens, Dinosaur Jr. and the Lemonheads — unveils its new CD full of intricate and seductive tunes.

    By ROBIN EISGRAU
    Offoffoff.com

    There's something perfectly elemental about a band that consists of just three people. It's the holy trinity of rock 'n' roll: guitar, bass and drums, no fuss no muss. The list of great rock trios is lengthy: Cream, Nirvana, Husker Du, ZZ Top and The Jam are but a few names that immediately spring to mind. Fresh out of the gate with their debut CD "7 Miles High" comes Rocket, a three-piece that doesn't need anything more than guitar, bass and drums to get their eloquent, tuneful point across.

      
    ROCKET
    Matt Azzarto (guitar, vocals)
    AJ Lambert (bass, vocals)
    Murph (drums).

    Related links: Official site
    Consisting of Matt Azzarto on guitar and vocals, AJ Lambert on bass and vocals and Murph on drums, Rocket plays music that's a little too intricate to be pop, but not too weighed down with frippery to be overblown. There's a tender moodiness in songs like "Blur" and a reflective grace in "Magazine." "Someone" has a steady crunch to the guitar part and a bit of drama as Lambert and Azzarto's vocals intertwine (there are irresistible handclaps on this track, too). "7 Miles High" is the perfect CD to pop in your car stereo before a long, scenic drive, or your discman as you walk through your favorite park.

    You may recognize Azzarto from his days as frontman of Hoboken local heroes The Gefkens and Murph is well known in alternative-rock circles for his playing with The Lemonheads and Dinosaur Jr. Rocket are a friendly bunch of folks, too, as we found out at their record release party, which was a charmingly intimate gathering at the Goldhawk. They'll be bringing their swell songs to life on Saturday Sept. 29 at good ol' Maxwell's, Hoboken's premier place to grab a bite and take in some tunes.

    DECEMBER 28, 2001
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK


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