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PREMIERE: Rocket 3 Release “I Choose Love?”

Wrapping up our premiere Thursday we are teaming up with Rocket 3 for the premiere of their latest single “I Choose Love.”

As the band comments

I think the meaning of a song depends more on the listener’s context than the songwriter’s intention. I Choose Love is a song about how children bring out the love in us, teaching us that love is illogical and mysterious. It was written in the context of my niece being born. But reflecting on the current context of our country experiencing deep political divisions, and with immigration authorities having separated children from their families, the lyrics have become more meaningful and poignant.

Portland, Oregon-based Rocket 3’s self-released 2014 debut album, Burn, reached #76 on the CMJ top 200, earning the band critical acclaim and comparisons to Belly, La Sera, Blake Babies, and the Breeders.  Their upcoming follow-up release What’s the Frequency? grows out of the band’s pop-punk roots with disarming vocals and clean, warm guitar tones.  The title is a nod to both the R.E.M. song and to bass player Kenneth Foust, who joined the band in 2015 and shares songwriting duties with guitarist and lead singer, Ramune Nagisetty.  Andrew Anymouse adds drums while Portland musical talent, Gavin Duffy, contributes saxophone and keyboards to add new flavors to an already tasty recipe.  Matt Jefferson, producer of Burn, reprises his role as recording engineer and producer.

What’s the Frequency? favors quality over quantity, featuring nine non-formulaic, instantly memorable pop ditties, all with provocative lyrics.  The lead-off track, “I Choose Love,” is a beautiful, unusually structured song revealing that true love is learned.  “Echoes” is an autobiographical account of witnessing a cruel moment in an auditorium full of people laughing at the expense of an audience member.  “What If” is an energetic, three-chord banger with multiple time signatures and a call and response describing the choice between a drug addiction and a relationship: “what if I just need you?  What if I need to leave?”

“Giving Up” is an upbeat track about the joy and freedom that comes from just letting go.”  And, “I Don’t Need Ya” sings about eschewing the superficial confidence that money implies.

Rocket 3 has played hundreds of live performances in Portland since 2012.  Their song “I See” was included on Portland’s 2017 PDX Pop Now! compilation CD.  The bandmates contribute more broadly to Portland’s music culture, with Ramune writing for the Portland Notes music blog and Andrew hosting the Local Roots Music Showcase.  However, the band is most proud to have raised over $5K for the American Cancer Society through sales of their debut album, Burn.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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