Storming out of East Texas, Rockett Queen has been a force to be reckoned with since bursting onto the scene. Fronted by charismatic, explosive lead vocalist/guitarist Walter Lee, driven by the untamed Jay Scars on lead guitar, Chaz Graves on bass and Seven on drums, Rockett Queen has cultivated immense recognition and rave reviews.
“The band formed with one real objective in mind and that was to put together an honest rock band with no gimmicks,” Lee explains. “Just a four-on-the-floor, leave-nothing-left-on-the-stage rock ‘n’ roll band. We all came together out of the desire to do something genuine and not watered down into some small sub-genre of music that people feel the need to do these days. We felt people were really looking for an honest rock band.”
Rockett Queen quickly earned the title "Best Unsigned Band in America" by winning a contest that led a spot on the "John Tucker Must Die" soundtrack, as well as being featured in MTV’s hit show "Newport Harbor,” all while the band was still in its infancy.
The band’s debut album, Too Rock for Radio, garnered critical praise at home and abroad, where Too Rock for Radio saw a release through Japan’s Little Rock Records and spreads in the country’s biggest magazines. Having built a devoted following, Rockett Queen took its explosive rock ‘n’ roll show on the road, covering much of the southern United States, both headlining, opening for national acts and even appearing on multiple stops of the Vans Warped Tour.
Rockett Queen quickly raced back into the studio to record a sophomore EP, Kiss and Tell. The EP spawned the single “Since You’ve Been Gone,” which gained notoriety and received heavy airplay on Texas Top 40 radio station The Breeze.
Soon after Kiss and Tell, the group returned to the studio to begin work on another EP, Goodnight California. Originally released in 2011, Goodnight California is receiving a 2015 re-release, including three new tracks, to tide fans over until the completion of Rockett Queen’s sophomore album later this year.
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TYLER, Texas - Explosive rock 'n' rollers Rockett Queen will take their high energy show on the road in early 2016 as direct support to former Creed vocalist Scott Stapp.
"We couldn't be more excited about going out with Scott Stapp," said vocalist/guitarist Walter Lee. "We feel that teaming up with someone of his stature is exactly what the band needs to expose our music to the maximum amount of people possible. Not to mention between the two bands everyone in attendance will definitely get their money's worth from the shows."
Rockett Queen is the first band signed to music industry veteran Paul Bibeau's new Fade To Silence Records. The group's label debut is a re-released of the Goodnight California EP, previously self-released by the band, in an expanded edition including three new tracks.
Rockett Queen's brand of straight-up, honest rock 'n' roll has garnered the quartet a great deal of critical acclaim and Top 40 airplay. Performing for more than 25,000 music fans, the band's energetic live show has won over a devoted fanbase.
The Texas-based foursome debuted the video for "I Hate You" last week.
Rockett Queen is completed by Jay Scars on lead guitar, Chaz Graves on bass and Keith Crash on drums.
Tour dates are as follow:
Jan 15 - Palladium Theater, St Petersburg, FL
Jan 16 - LeVel Nightclub - Biloxi, MS
Jan 18 - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
Jan 20 - Marlin Room @ Webster Hall, New York, NY
Jan 21 - Village Night, Lancaster, PA
Jan 23 - Webster Theater, Hartford, CT
Jan 24 - The Palladium, Worcester, MA
Jan 26 - Iron Works, Buffalo, NY
Jan 27 - Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
Jan 29 - Machine Shop, Flint, MI
Jan 30 - BMI Speedway, Versailles, OH
Feb 02 - The Arcada Theatre, St Charles, IL
Feb 03 - The Marq, Green Bay, WI
Feb 05 - Ground Zero, Traverse City, MI
Feb 06 - Piere's, Fort Wayne, IN
Feb 09 - Juanita's, Little Rock, AR
Feb 10 - Granada Theater, Dallas, TX
Goodnight California Reissue Set For Release September 25
TYLER, Texas - Fade To Silence Records is excited to announce explosive Texas rock 'n' rollers Rockett Queen as the label's very first signing.
"I ran into Rockett Queen's Walter Lee in a club in Texas and he dragged me outside to his Mustang to listen to rough track mixes of new songs the band wrote and recorded with producer extraordinaire Zac Maloy in Nashville," said Fade To Silence founder Paul Bibeau. "Suffice it say, I was floored by the quality and strength of the material. It had hooks and melody! So I ventured to Dallas to see them perform live and in all honesty, rarely have I seen such a seasoned performance delivery full of energy and engagement. Simply put, they owned it. I struck up a rapport with the guys and decided that I needed to manage this band."
The first release will be a reissue of the group's Goodnight California EP in an expanded edition, including three new tracks, on September 25.
"We had some songs we didn't get a chance to put on the first round due to time restraints and we just felt this was a perfect time to put it all together and get it out the way it was meant to be," said vocalist/guitarist Lee.
The EP will feature the original five tracks, showcasing Rockett Queen's versatility, from the hard-driving anthem "I Hate You" to the poetic sensibilities of "Since You've Been Gone." In addition to the EP's five original songs, the new version will feature the brand new song "Hey God," an acoustic version of the band's "Hard to Love" and a cover of the Misfits' punk classic "Attitude."
"I feel that there seems to be a lack of young, rock n roll bands today with memorable songs that can also put on one hell of a show," Bibeau said. "Frankly, I find it refreshing."
"'Hey God' is about the destruction and emptiness that some families face after a family member is shipped off to war," Lee said. "Realizing how many of them have to pick up the pieces and find a way to make life work without the person who was suddenly plucked out of their lives is something that hits close to me."
New conceptual videos for "I Hate You" and "Since You've Been Gone" have been shot and will be released in conjunction with the first singles to commercial radio. A lyric video for "I Hate You" has also been produced. Get your first taste here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VExVZiJ5uM.
"Hard to Love" is an acoustic preview of a track from Rockett Queen's next full-length record, which the band is currently working on with producer Zac Maloy in Nashville.
"To show some of our punk rock roots we decided to record a cover version the Misfits song 'Attitude," Lee said. "We wanted to reach back and have some fun with a style of music we all grew up loving."
Said Lee: "We strive to walk that line of paying homage to what we grew up loving about rock 'n' roll and giving something new to the generation that came before us AND the kids that are at the forefront of the new rock revolution."
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