Like a Rocket will perform a special Album Release Party set live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 6 p.m. First Thursday, Jan. 5. As always, this Record Exchange in-store performance is free and all ages.

Like A Rocket‘s debut CD Hey Man will be available for purchase at the Album Release Party, and we will be serving free craft beer (21 and older with I.D.) courtesy of our partners Payette Brewing Co.!

Like A Rocket‘s debut CD Hey Man is an intentional throwback to the band’s favorite records of the ’70s. Like a Rocket wanted each song to stand alone, in content and in style, but taken as a whole to be about “something.”

Crafted like a classic rock LP with the idea of two sides (1-5, 6-11), Like a Rocket tried to recreate the experience of putting on a record and following a storyline of relationships, both intimate and political, to a conclusion.

“We hope you like every song on its own, but even more we want you to listen to it as a whole and that you can find something in a song or the experience that speaks to you,” says frontman Speedy Gray. “It was a blast to make, and we hope you feel the same way when listening.”


Often compared to earlier Who/The High Numbers and later Alex Chilton, Like A Rocket ( mix great alt-pop with deep cut NOLA R&B to bake a blisteringly funky cake. A serious love of dancing and rhythm, the songs, fast or slow, have something to move your body. At the same time, the lyrics are extremely personal, about broken relationships with mates, band mates and the surrounding world of politics and dissatisfaction. You find yourself grooving along while picking up on choruses that speak to the world around you.

Led by singer/guitarist Speedy Gray, Like A Rocket is a dynamo live. Gray is an award-winning songwriter, getting nods from heavy hitters such as NPR’s nationally broadcast Mountain Stage.

Boise’s Like a Rocket do the alt-country genre one better by ditching the often over-hyped Old West motif. The band has dubbed its sound “Southern rocking funk and alt-country.” On “8th Ave Love Poem #1,” lead singer/guitarist Speedy Gray croons about his love for a New York girl with a bluesy tone reminiscent of Mark Knopfler. It’s the kind of song you want to learn all the lyrics to so you can belt it out while you hug the stage. A catchy drum line and guitar riff melt into an addictive tune as Gray sings, “Maybe what’s wrong with me / is what’s wrong with you?” on the opening song “What’s Wrong With You.” The flute accompaniment on “Every Time Sweet” might catch you off guard, but you stay with the guys because they so perfectly fill their roles. The band is akin to The Animals in its early years, with a style that’s somehow classic and modern all at once. — Andrew Crisp, Boise Weekly

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