The Rocket Summer is the rock solo-project of Bryce Avary, and is based in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Avary is known for his unique talents as he plays every instrument on his records as well as produces them. The Rocket Summer's live shows are uplifting, energetic and emotionally charged. Avary's music has unique emotional qualities that has created a loyal and rabid following of fans around the world.
Bryce became interested with music around the age of 11, when his father bought him his first guitar from a pawn shop. He then started playing drums and various other instruments. After being in a high school "indie rock punk" band inspired by Pavement, Archers of Loaf and Weezer, Avary began performing local acoustic shows as a teenager in Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton. As Avary's local fan base grew, he released his first EP at the age of 16 in limited release during 1999. Distributing the EP himself under the name The Rocket Summer (the name inspired by Ray Bradbury's short story) to local stores to be sold on consignment, his music appeared on The Adventure Club segment of the KDGE radio station, and quickly became the most requested local band on the program that year. With increased interest in the music from local, national, and international magazines and the EP selling in 5 continents, in 2003 Bryce produced and released his debut album Calendar Days. The album title comes from a line in the song "TV Family". Using a $15,000 budget, the album was recorded in Kansas on the label The Militia Group. The album was critically praised as being extremely uplifting, and included varied music (for example, the track "What We Hate, We Make" which includes the 6th grade choir that his younger sister was in from Texas). The album sold well throughout the United States and Japan.
In November 2004, Bryce began working on his second album Hello, Good Friend - the album title coming from the song "Never Knew". This album included more piano central songs than his previous album. The Rocket Summer has toured the US and Japan extensively and has gained a large fan base. Although not immediately obvious in his lyrics, Avary is a Christian and lets his faith and stories influence his lyrics and his music. Avary says that his faith is the most important thing in his life. He has always said that TRS music is for everyone which is why The Rocket Summer hasn't ever gravitated toward being a christian market type of band.
He signed with Island Def Jam Records for his third record, Do You Feel, which was released on July 17th, 2007. The first single from the album is "So Much Love". The Rocket Summer has released the music video for "So Much Love". On September 5th, 2008, the music video for "Do You Feel" was released. The music video for "Do You Feel" was co-directed by Bryce Avary with director Nate Weaver. The video was funded by Avary. The video for "Do You Feel" featured stories of real people with "real issues" such as homelessness, addiction, disease and abuse. The video also featured cameos from artists Andrew McMahon of Jack's Mannequin, Matt Theissen of Relient K, Josh Farro and Jeremy Davis of Paramore, Mike Herrera of MxPx, Forrest Kline of Hellogoodbye, Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low and Jonathan Cook of Forever The Sickest Kids.
While Avary writes and produces his albums while playing every instrument, he is also known for his hard work ethic on the road. The Rocket Summer has toured the US, Canada, The UK, and Japan numerous times and have been responsible for taking now popular bands such as Paramore, The Plain White T's, The Format and Phantom Planet as support acts.
The Rocket Summer has headlined many sold out tours in the US, Canada, The Uk, and Japan. The Rocket Summer has also played many worldwide festivals such as Glastonbury Festival in England, T in the Park Festival in Scotland, Summer Sonic Festival in Japan, Oxygen Festival in Ireland, Austin City Limits, SxSw, Bamboozle and Cornerstone. The Rocket Summer toured with the Vans Warped Tour in the summer of 2007 for two months. Although Bryce records all of his own instruments for his records, he tours with a band made up of mostly high school friends.
In January 27, 2008, The Rocket Summer played a series of dates in the UK including major cities such as London, Manchester, Newcastle and Cardiff, with The Secret Handshake and Between the Trees supporting. Before The Rocket Summer's set every night, Jamie Tworkowski spoke briefly about To Write Love On Her Arms. Without even having an album released in the UK, these dates sold out weeks before the tour began. Beginning March 14, 2008, The Rocket Summer co-headlined the Alternative Press tour. It started in Houston, Texas and ended in May in Cleveland, Ohio. Also co-headlining was All Time Low, with The Matches, Sonny, and Forever The Sickest Kids supporting The Rocket Summer returned to the UK with a headlining show beginning on June 28, 2008 in Yeovil and ending on July 16, 2008 in Birmingham. The Rocket Summer returned to the United States for a headlining fall tour with support from The Secret Handshake, Phantom Planet and The Morning Light. After conclusion of the tour, Bryce Avary took some time off to write a new record. He recorded the new album at Ocean Studios in Burbank, CA from February-April. Bryce produced the record with CJ Eiriksson, who also engineered the album. Some of the tracks were mixed by Neal Avron. The album, titled Of Men and Angels is expected to be released in 2010 by Island Def Jam.
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|Calendar Days||2003||The Militia Group|
|Hello, Good Friend||2005||The Militia Group|
|The Early Years EP||2006||The Militia Group|
|Do You Feel||2007||Island Def Jam Records|
|You Gotta Believe EP||2009||Island Def Jam Records|
|Of Men & Angels||2010||Island Def Jam Records|
|Of Men And Angels: B-Sides EP||2010||Island Def Jam Records|
|Bryce Avary, His Instruments and Your Voices EP||2011||Independent|
|Life Will Write the Words||2012||Aviate Records|