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Album Review

Now 24 years old and signed to Island Records, Bryce Avary found himself more suited than ever to bring his guitar-fueled power pop to the masses. It didn't seem possible for Avary to create more hook-filled, summertime pop than what he crafted on his first two indie releases, yet that's precisely what he did on Do You Feel. Avary continued to prove his mastery of piano-laced pop that sounded like a cross between Ben Folds, the Swift, and Relient K. His vocals remained in the Justin Timberlake/Michael Jackson range, which only seemed to increase his appeal. In addition to his unbelievable stage energy, Avary sang practically every note with an unparalleled passion. He also demonstrated his musical adeptness, once again writing and performing the entire album himself (vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards). Lest anyone discredit Avary or his moniker, the Rocket Summer, for a lack of depth or diversity, first single "So Much Love" featured a horn section like that heard on Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life. What further cemented the prodigy's likableness was how genuinely he shunned the rock star life (see "High Life Scenery" for a scathing portrayal of the celeb lifestyle) and how much he preferred to spread the gospel of love ("Break It Out," "Hold It Up," "Waiting," for starters). In other words, practically everything about the Rocket Summer and this major-label debut album would impress any critic.

Customer Reviews

The Rocket Summer AKA Bryce Avary

I am so proud to say I have heard this band, and have this chance to tell you, the listeners, a little about them. I so feel so endearly towards the man Bryce Avary because of the way he vents emotions in a form that is entirely unparalleled in the sheer power behind his on (and off) stage presence. And he does this all for the thousands of fans who want to share the power emanating from this upbeat and passionate musician. Softly punching his way into the British spotlight of new ‘Indie’ pop punk (or in my own terms ‘overtly happy heartfelt soul pop rock’) he has finally arrived on I tunes. I have waited a long time for this new release so have downloaded all of his tracks, and enjoy them repeatedly. If you buy this album, you won’t be disappointed, but hopefully inspired by the bucket loads of infectious positive aura this multi-talented man has. So now, with a massive fan base across the pond, his music is getting out to the young and old, and becoming rightfully appreciated by many. I sincerely love each and every one of his upbeat and brutally melodic tracks, which I believe can be some of the best sing-a-long songs out there. His new songs such as ‘high life scenery’ on this new album have increased pace and complexity that only compounds the unique style of this certainly unique band, compared to his earlier work. Yet they all still contain messages and thoughts projected via heart racing soul smashing passionate vocals. He has managed to maintain the upbeat vibe from his earlier releases in the US, which cannot be pinned down to one particular song. So it seems for this one man band, the futures not only bright, it’s full of ‘so much love’ so long as his fans still appreciate his work, and he carries on signing for them. I have personally been waiting for this album for a long time. Ironically, the moment it comes out, he comes to the UK bringing a range of his works for you to browse and purchase whilst playing his second UK tour (typical luck for avid fans of ‘The Rocket Summer’ In the United Kingdom). I have created a petition that successfully saw ‘TRS’ (as they are known) agree to play some UK cities for example; Glasgow and Oxford Summer 2008. His attention to every one of his fans saw him go out of his way to ensure that his fans over here got a chance to see him play. And his passion for his work saw him attempt to play to a baying crowd in Newcastle despite obvious problems with his personal health. If I haven’t already tempted you, all I have to say is after listening to a song, if you haven’t felt at least one urge to sing or dance, I’d be asking… “Do you feel?”

Do You Feel

The review box says do not exceed 4000 characters. I only need one to describe this album. Amazing.


oo i love this band! the songs are mint espec break it out, so much luv, all i have, taken aback and so, in this hour!! the sax is amazing in so much love! im glad ive discovered this album :)


Born: 31 December 1982 in Fort Worth, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Bryce Avary recorded and released two initial EPs before taking the Rocket Summer to stages worldwide. Avary signed with the Militia Group in 2002 and released the Calendar Days LP a short time after; a gifted songwriter and musician, he played every instrument heard on the album, debuting a lush, layered, and exuberant sound that blended alt-rock and emo influences with references to his faith. The Tim O'Heir-produced Hello, Good Friend followed in 2005. By...
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