After nearly five years without a full-length release, The Rocketboys will return in early 2017 with Certain Circles – a seasoned and cohesive LP that combines the grandiosity of the band’s debut 20,000 Ghostswith the soul of sophomore effort Build Anyway— with a sprinkling of their 2015 EP Left | Right‘s pop-sensibility.
The Rocketboys — Brandon Kinder (singer and guitarist), Justin Wiseman (keyboards), Josh Campbell (bass), Josh Rodgers (drums) and Lang Freeman (guitar) — recorded much of Certain Circles themselves, but employed engineer Kevin Butler (Black Books, Quiet Company) and Andy Freeman (Eisley, Manchester Orchestra) to mix. The end result sublimely captures the arc of the band’s circuitous career. Ten years of highs and lows are compressed neatly into 40 minutes of music.
The band’s brief stint on an indie label in 2015, despite bringing notable accolades (single “Viva Voce” on GLEE and over 1 million Spotify streams), left them never quite feeling comfortable in their own artistic skin. Once they parted ways, songs that had been set aside during that time resurfaced, and new songs were written with a focus on creating beautiful music.
“I wouldn’t trade the experiences we’ve had for anything, because I think we’ve grown a lot as songwriters and musicians because of it,” says Kinder. “But I wanted to get back to that innocence, back to writing with our fans in mind, and not a dollar sign. It’s why we love standing in front of a microphone and an audience– and about what it is to chase a dream until you almost want to give up. Most of the songs on Certain Circles reflect that journey.”