The Rocketboys

  • Austin
Grant Season: 
  • 2014
The Rocketboys


The Rocketboys has been a band since late 2004 / early 2005 when 6 college friends got together on the premise of writing and performing music that could truly inspire and resonate with any audience its music encountered. For everyone in the band, music is in our soul, and we’ve been moved so much by music throughout our lives. That experience is something we believe we can create for others and is what we strive to do. After nine years, several significant lineup changes, a move to Austin, and countless other struggles and triumphs, we’re still at it as passionately as we’ve ever been!

The Rocketboys’ sound reflects the Texas landscape from which they hail: vast, yet sparse, desolate, yet rich and abundant. Often eschewing familiar lyrical themes of romance and love for songs of brotherhood, family, life, and death, The Rocketboys’ catalog chronicles the band’s journey throughout its existence.

The Rocketboys was born in college dorm rooms in Abilene, TX and swiftly achieved critical acclaim from debut EP “Sing, Bird, Sing” and LP “20,000 Ghosts” before 3 members departed in 2011. Overcoming the nearly fatal blow, the remaining members, Brandon Kinder (singer & guitarist), Justin Wiseman (keyboards) and Josh Campbell (bass), resiliently crafted “Build Anyway” (2012) – a lush, cathartic album which cemented The Rocketboys’ status as a formidable rock band.

A strong track record of commercial success testifies to The Rocketboys’ keen ability to create and capture unique, emotional musical experiences. “One Tree Hill,” “Private Practice,” “Elementary,” and many others have channeled the band’s thematic energy. Reviews often highlight the band’s parity to textural acts such as Band of Horses and Death Cab for Cutie while retaining the mass appeal of Coldplay, The Verve and Keane.

No strangers to the road (the band will perform its 700th show this year), The Rocketboys continually find fans across the country with a powerful live show. Armed with a growing collection of new material for a third full-length album, The Rocketboys is underway with a new recording project with multi-grammy winning producer, Joe Chicarelli (Manchester Orchestra, The Strokes, The Shins).