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CD REVIEW: Make Rocket Go - Self Titled

by: Cyrus Rhodes



"Make Rocket Go rock the house"






Artist/Band: Make Rocket Go

Album: Make Rocket Go :
Label: Independent Artist
Website: http://make-rocket-go.com/main.html

Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Alternative Rock, Punk
Sounds Like: Cake, The White Stripes, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips

Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Ain’t Love Grand, Left in Wonders, Tennyson Walk, Panoramic

Weakness:  Cover Art




Springfield, MO 4 piece Make Rocket Go just released their latest self titled CD in 12013.  Make Rocket Go with its current lineup formed in April of 2012. Members collectively represent decades of experience both on stage and in the studio. An original blender of sound mixing Uncle Tupelo, Social Distortion, Johnny/June Cash, w/a dash of Radiohead, Fleetwood Mac, Foo Fighters, and The Swell Season


The CD quickly takes lifts off the ground with rocking intro piece “Psychotic” .This song serves up infectious rocked out guitars painted against mesmerizing vocals, hypnotic lyrical content and dynamic rhythms that quickly lead you by the hand down the path of trippy psychedelic indulgence. Track 2 “Aint Love Grand” keeps things rocking with its psychedelic groove, impressive touches and accents painted against a grand mosaic of sound. The striking musical flow of this piece brilliantly moves like an ocean across the ears. All in all it’s my favorite piece on the CD. Track 3 “Erin’s Gate” is an impressive earthy piece that is quite dynamic, full of musical peaks and valleys that flow and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. This piece is remarkably striking to the ears as well with its Alternative Rock touches and hypnotic vibe. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of a classic Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin Cake, Dinosaur Jr. The White Stripes, Modest Mouse, Death and The Flaming Lips. I would classify this music as whacked out Psychedelic Rock, Punk, Alternative Rock with an Indie College Rock flair. I can also hear experimental music with classic remnants of Alternative Rock. The CD presents brilliant flashes of soulful ambience and upbeat, carefree artistic perspective. You will also notice rich layers of instrumentation layered along the way full of dynamics, solo guitar, piano, lush harmonies, low end beats, sporadic percussion, and enticing melodies. Sewell and Guistolise showcase impressive singing and songwriting skills throughout. His signing and guitar work are pretty solid across the board. I especially like the sizzling R&B guitar licks almost Jimmy Page-ish in nature. Rhythm section delivers pure grooved magic I love all guitar solos as well. Sewell and Guistolise have clearly proves themselves with this release. They got solid instincts. During my initial research I discovered this band is quite the hot topic live. Playing live, MRG unleash their cosmic fury and induces the same in their audience. It’s hard, it’s heavy, it’s rock and roll, re-imagined and reinvigorated.  From heartfelt “Tennyson Walk” to rocking “I’m Alright” and "Panoramic" to grooving “Left in Wonders” and "Up Up" this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Convergence” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.  


I'm not crazy about the bland cover art. It's simply not compatible with the music and unlike the band lacks creativity, soul and personality.


Make Rocket Go rock the house. This latest self titled release is a wild and exciting ride. Its strong suit is it’s amazing psychedelic rock n' roll  ambience and song for song musical flow. Sewell/Guistolise also get high marks from me for their amazing harmonies similar to June and Johnny Cash. They go together like a hand in glove and the dual vocal delivery really mixes up the vocal delivery well. This CD will be a real joy for those listeners out there who want flowing trippy 70's psychedelic ambience to fill their sonic space.This progressive somewhat trippy format makes for a great extended play experience as well, did I mention there are 13 tracks? I recommend you just hit play, close your eyes and see where the journey takes you. This CD feels like a musical journey and will work best when experienced in that capacity. So if you’re looking for a psychedelic musical experience with sonic ambience, theatrical brilliance and a psychedelic rock aftertaste, then I highly recommend you take a listen to the latest CD from Make Rocket Go  right away.     


Cyrus Rhodes