On their previous recordings, "20,000 Ghosts" and "Wellwisher," The Rocketboys perfectly married themes of unity and brotherhood with rich, soaring rock, lifting the band to national critical acclaim. The band supported its releases with lengthy tours and multiple festival appearances but inevitably the rigors of the road took their toll, eventually rupturing the band's momentum in the winter of 2010-11. Three members of the sextet of college friends from Abilene, Texas left to focus on other endeavors, and the split nearly ended the band.

The resulting hiatus did have its upside, allowing front-man Brandon Kinder a window both to release a solo EP (under the name "The Wealthy West") and to pen the theme song for The Discovery Channel's new hit show "Bering Sea Gold." However, in the end, the three remaining members (Kinder, keyboardist Justin Wiseman, and bassist Josh Campbell) agreed they weren't at peace letting The Rocketboys cease to exist.

The initial hurdles of rebuilding, though difficult and disheartening, began to give way to new-found inspiration. Though the song-writing process drastically changed as a result of the reduced lineup, with less cooks in the kitchen, a more broad, dynamic range of ideas and visions fermented and flourished. The end result and forthcoming album is "Build Anyway". Recorded in their home studio and mixed by CJ Eiriksson (U2, Live, Phish), the album chronicles the emotions that surface through the brokenness in abandonment to the search for peace and closure, both personally and musically.

Brother Rabbit is a national act just waiting to happen. Their blend of shoegaze, post-rock, folk and really solid songwriting is one-of-a-kind, and they seem to get even better every time they hit the stage.

The Del Toros

Davey Rumsey formed The Del Toros after years of being a singer/songwriter act. In May of 2009 he independently released an EP entitled Your American Sin. After this, in an attempt to get the simple acoustic skeletons out of his head, he began to flesh out his songs in full form with his closest friends and favorite musicians.

Born in the summer of 2009, The Del Toros began playing local shows an
d immediately developed a loyal following while building a repertoire of rock gems. Drawing influence from bands such as the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, and Wilco, The Del Toros manage to cut through polarizing sub-genres and fuse the classic with the contemporary to form their own unique brand of rock and roll.

In the fall of 2009 the band began self-engineering and producing their debut album entitled Come Down, which was released on July 23, 2010. Since then The Del Toros have released their sophomore album entitled Young Blood Rising and are excited of the things to come.

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Saturday, November 16 · Doors 6:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at The Vanguard