First Fleet Concerts presents
The Rocket Summer
Final Alibi, The Olympics, A Better Reality
504 E. Locust St,
Des Moines, IA, 50309
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
The Rocket Summer
Texas native Bryce Avary, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist mastermind behind The Rocket Summer, has accomplished enough for someone a lot older. He writes and produces every song on his records, and plays every instrument on them.
"The Olympics is one of the most prominent bands in Iowa today." - Little Village
"The Olympics blows me away every time I see them. WHAT A BAND! They have achieved a type of perfection that bands everywhere dream of. And plus, they are SO HOT! Mumford’s totally bones them with art." - Nate Logsdon
"The Olympics came on next and quickly won the hearts of everyone in the room. Easy progressions set sail on Dan Roalson’s fast and funky bass grooves while Trevor Polk’s creative keyboard voicing made my lips keep curling up into involuntary smiles. The Olympics make fun, well-crafted songs, they are never boring". -Little Village Magazine
"...The Olympics, one of the best young bands in Iowa who've been gaining fans like mad (especially among other bands) with their impressive high-tempo, anthemic and powerfully rocking shows." -Talking with Yale Cohn
"The Olympics are not only talented musicians but also experts at capturing their audience’s energy and throwing that same enthusiasm right back at their fans with energetic stage-presence, witty on-stage banter, hilarious outfit choices and a general sense of laid-back fun." - The Locavaux Project
"One listen to this music, this gut-wrenching, hard-rocking yet mellow, dark yet light and overall defining music and I swear, you won’t be able to get Iowa out of your head." -TheSummerMusicProject
"This is an Iowa band you need to know... they’ve matured into an excellent indie rock band capable of weaving tones together into a bright, rocking and melodic dose of pure pop." - Ames Tribune
"It’s like The Olympics are listening to Pink Floyd in one ear and Razorlight in the other, but somehow it hasn’t come out sounding like Janis from Friends vomiting rusty razorblades into a polystyrene bag full of yapping dogs. It’s in fact the total fucking opposite; Cool and calm, but smart and cerebral." - Just Because…It’s Tuesday
"Lemme tell you something folks, it’s really fucking hard to find bands who banter comfortably on stage without sounding like total assholes, and the olympics have a more inviting stage presence than all the other bands i’ve seen in iowa city combined." - Indie Music Machine
"The five piece proved that poppy rock isn’t strictly the realm of pussies by weaving danceable riffs in and out of tight grooves, punctuated by ripping guitar solos in nearly every song." - The Milk Carton
"There was intense hair-whipping, guitar solos on the floor, and a multitude of interesting sound techniques." - KRUI FM
"The characters in the group's songs are filled with light, something that seems to be guiding, something altogether right and good and yet, there are the tangents that take them to their sad times, where they can't settle on who exactly they're going to wind up as." - Daytrotter
"With an EP and a full length album under their belt, The Olympics are only getting hotter. They’ve built up quite a fan base and have opened for bands like Manchester Orchestra, Menomena, Free Energy, Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, Miniature Tigers, Generationals, Fol Chen, Jaill, Now Now and way more." - Little Village Magazine
"The Olympics is a uniquely charming and powerful ensemble whose pretty melodies and fun beats don’t prevent them from rocking their songs really hard." - Ames Tribune
A Better Reality
In the summer of 2012, singer/guitarist Dakota Shelton and former guitarist Soren Lundberg began getting together and covering songs by bands such as All Time Low, blink-182, and Fall Out Boy. Playing along to programmed drums and pre-recorded bass tracks, the two quickly realized that they wanted to take things to the next level. They started writing a couple original songs and began their desperate search for a bassist and a drummer. Several months passed with no luck in finding anyone to join their yet-to-be-named band.
Finally, in November of 2012, Dakota found bassist Rylie Downey on Twitter and, after discovering that he liked a lot of the same music, asked the total stranger if he wanted to play bass for his band. Rylie said yes, and he, Dakota, and Soren hit it off instantly. Together they continued working on some original songs, playing covers, and searching for a drummer to complete their lineup. Realizing their lack of a band name, the three began brainstorming. A few bad ideas later, Rylie came up with "A Better Reality", which comes from a lyric in the song "Somewhere in Neverland" by All Time Low. Obviously that was the winner.
Several more months and a few Craigslist ads went by, and the trio was beginning to think that finding a drummer was impossible. However, they refused to give up. Finally, in March of 2013, drummer Samuel Boesen responded to one of the Craigslist ads, and Dakota invited yet another total stranger over to his house.
Sadly, a couple of days before their first practice with a complete lineup, Soren decided to leave the band to pursue other interests and opportunities. A Better Reality was once again a three-piece. They immediately posted another ad on Craigslist looking for another guitarist, and crossing their fingers that someone would respond. Luckily, in April of 2013, guitarist Brandon Downing filled the missing spot. The four of them clicked instantly, and became best friends within a very short amount of time. They started landing shows with some bigger names like Ghost Town, The Dangerous Summer, The Rocket Summer, This Century, and State Champs. On October 13th, 2013, they released their first EP, "Late Starts and Broken Hearts", which skyrocketed the band's popularity.
We're only getting started, so stick around and we'll see where we go. ♥
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