On Friday, April 17, alternative pop/punk band Rocket took control of the legendary Whisky a-go-go on the Sunset Strip. Earlier this year we caught Rocket at the Dragonfly where they opened for Missing Persons and we were more than impressed with their alternative blend in the vein of bands like Paramore and Stone Temple Pilots [see review here]. Their performance at the Whisky was even more impressive as they seemed to have kicked it up a notch in the energy department. Perhaps this was due to a couple things, foremost opening for two iconic 80s bands: Bow Wow Wow and Gene Loves Jezebel, and recording a live CD of their show that night.
Front-woman, Janelle Barreto, always impresses with her powerhouse vocals and stage presence. She is literally unstoppable. Hard driving beats, catchy melodies with a throw back to the '80s-'90s are what Rocket is all about and they always succeed in grabbing the audience’s attention. With a sell-out crowd, Rocket had a full-house in their pocket. We weren't kidding when we reported earlier this year that Rocket should be playing larger venues because this band can really kick it.
The band, Eric Wilbbelsmann (lead guitar), Bill Luna (bass) and Paul DePatie (drums), is a strong driving force, allowing Janelle, to do what she does best, while they support. Great musicianship and undeniable chemistry, Rocket is a hard-driving band with well-crafted songs delivered by a vocalist-frontwoman who rocks every note she sings.
*Catch their next show Friday, August 28 with Puddle of Mudd at the Whisky a-go-go.
*Upcoming live CD release Rocket Live at the Whisky 2015 slated for Fall 2015.
*Streaming Online STAGE-IT show slated for end of May 2015.
*Live back-stage interview with INDIE POWER to be released summer 2015.