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EDITORS’ NOTES

A note of idealism has always resonated in the work of Bryce Avary (a.k.a. The Rocket Summer). Life Will Write the Words channels his zest for living into songs that uphold his past standards for ultra-catchy, spiritually inclined pop/rock. As in the past, Avary composed, played, and produced all of the tracks here, lending the album an intensely autobiographical quality. Rather than brood over personal issues, he prefers to work them out in propulsive numbers like “Run and Don’t Stop,” “Underrated," and “Revival.” Avary's a master of classic rock gestures, unleashing volleys of guitar-hero riffage in “Prove It” and building to an almost-operatic crescendo in “Ashes Made of Spades.” Though he freely indulges his theatrical side, he’s also capable of quieter moments, as the acoustic guitar–centered tune “Soldier” shows. Whether he’s recounting his convoluted journey to true romance (“200,000”) or lamenting the selfishness of the modern world (“Old Love”), Avary loudly and proudly wears his heart on his sleeve. “The Rescuing Type” nicely sums up the album’s mix of galloping beats, buoyant melodies, and life-affirming lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A note of idealism has always resonated in the work of Bryce Avary (a.k.a. The Rocket Summer). Life Will Write the Words channels his zest for living into songs that uphold his past standards for ultra-catchy, spiritually inclined pop/rock. As in the past, Avary composed, played, and produced all of the tracks here, lending the album an intensely autobiographical quality. Rather than brood over personal issues, he prefers to work them out in propulsive numbers like “Run and Don’t Stop,” “Underrated," and “Revival.” Avary's a master of classic rock gestures, unleashing volleys of guitar-hero riffage in “Prove It” and building to an almost-operatic crescendo in “Ashes Made of Spades.” Though he freely indulges his theatrical side, he’s also capable of quieter moments, as the acoustic guitar–centered tune “Soldier” shows. Whether he’s recounting his convoluted journey to true romance (“200,000”) or lamenting the selfishness of the modern world (“Old Love”), Avary loudly and proudly wears his heart on his sleeve. “The Rescuing Type” nicely sums up the album’s mix of galloping beats, buoyant melodies, and life-affirming lyrics.

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About The Rocket Summer

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 that time the Rocket Summer had gained a reputation not only for Avary's multi-threat talent in the studio, but for his and his band's energetic live shows. Militia reissued his first self-titled EP in November 2006, retitled The Early Years EP, whose original 1,000 copies had been sold out since Avary had recorded and released it at age 16 (circa 1999-2000). An EP was released in early 2007 and, following a move to Island/Def Jam Records, Avary released his third full-length, Do You Feel. In 2009 Avary released the four-song EP You Gotta Believe, which featured material that would appear on the band's fourth album, 2010's Of Men and Angels. It reached the Top 40, and in 2012 Rocket Summer returned with Life Will Write the Words, another critical and chart success debuting at number 58 on the Billboard Top 200. Aside from the release of a brief Christmas EP in 2013, Avary dedicated himself largely to the creation of his next LP. The Rocket Summer's long-awaited sixth album, Zoetic, was released in late February 2016. ~ Johnny Loftus

  • ORIGIN
    Fort Worth, TX
  • BORN
    Dec 31, 1982

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