About the Music
It doesnt take a Cape Canaveral engineer to compute
Rocketsciences formula for lift off. With Bud Light as their fuel, the Boston-born
pop-rock quartet propels Beatles-inspired melodies with lovelorn hooks that would make
Lennon and McCartney proudand, no doubt, make a few girls scream.
Their debut EP, A
Girls Name Here, features six odes to Jane Doe with soaring choruses and energy
climbing skyward. Radio stations, record labels, and booking agents are standing in line
to hook up with the Billboard-bound foursome, consisting of singer Andrew Galdins, Jr.,
guitarist Jon Towne, bassist Aaron Stein, and drummer John D. Barber.
In a recent phone interview, I spoke with Andy Galdins to get his take on their ascent
to join Bostons buzzworthiest.
Andy says their Boston reception has been "unbelievable
We have all these
record labels calling. Radio stations are putting us in their rotations. Im waiting
to get hit by a truck because all these good things are happening."
Armed with their shining 6-song EP and an expanding repertoire of other stage-tested,
studio-ready tunes, Rocketscience is primed to be packing CDs into trucks, rather than
getting hit by them.
The quartet has been friends since they were kids running around their old stomping
grounds, Bostons suburbs. "We all grew up in Weymouth," says Andy.
"Were really white trash
Im talking Bud Light right out of the
can." As I speak with Andy, his native accent surfaces oftenthe band
doesnt party, they "pawty" and they have a cat named "Bita," not
The foursome has been playing music since childhood. Andy, a pianist, singer, and
drummer since grammar school, grew up with music in his home. "Its just always
been that way and its all I know how to do," says Andy.
Andy and the other Rocketscientists are as versatile as a Swiss Army knife; each could
pick up each others instrument and play with the same mastery they exhibit on their
own. "We are all pretty damn musical. And we can all sing a little bit, too,"
Andy says. "Thats the only thing we can be confident about. Toot toot,
thats my horn."
Andy trumpeted the bands image, too, making them out to be quite a cast of
characters. Drummer John Barber, known among the band as Bahba, is the "visual
timekeeper"and a hell of a break-dancer. "Hes devilishly handsome
with piercing brown eyes," says Andy. "And Jon Towne is the wicked pisser guitar
player, as we like to say here in Southy. He looks like the gay kid on Dawsons
Aaron looks just like Whoopi Goldberg and I look like Frankenstein."
The strength of Rocketscience isnt just in their appearance; their heart and soul
are in their songs. Their songwriting is a team effort. "Someone comes to the
practice with a solid foundation and then we work it from there," says Andy.
"Like for one song, Ill write the chorus, Aaron will write the verses, or Jon
will throw in a bridge
Everybody writes the lyrics. Everyone writes the words."
All of the songs on A Girls Name Here are love songs, which led me to ask
Andy if maybe a particular girls name should have been inserted into the title.
"Oh certainly not. Thats the point. There are many, many girls that any of
those songs could apply to," Andy assures me. "I mean, I could give you specific
names of girls for specific songs but I think you should protect the innocent."
After their very first gig, performed at T.T. The Bears in Cambridge (note to
those of you outside of Boston: T.T.'s has hosted a who's who of 90s rock artists), a girl
approached Andy and demanded, "All right, whats her name?" Andy said,
"What are you talking about?" She said, "That girl youre singing all
those songs about."
"If I wrote a whole records worth of songs about one girl then Im just
one big loser," Andy says.
The opening track on the EP, "Killjoy," is, however, an actual reference to
an ex-girlfriend of Andys named Joy"and she was very adorable, let me
tell you," he adds. Through the imposing rock guitar chords, Andy sings,
"Shes broken/ Im broke/ Shes gone."
On each of the six tracks, Andys plush pipeswhich could give The
Commitments Andrew Strong a run for his moneyspin tales reflective of
frequent rides on the romantic rollercoaster. The songs echo the upsas in, "she
could be the most lovable girl" on "Killjoy"and the downsas in,
"Its over/ But nothings really changed" on "Sun."
"Seriously, when we fall for a girl its pathetic. Were just
suckers," Andy says. "So we put these women up on pedestals like you cant
believe, you know, high enough so we can see up their skirts. And we just love em
The song Andy is referring to specifically is "Pedastool," a pop rock
hit-waiting-to-hit-your-ears that sends the love rollercoaster climbing into the clouds
again. At first listen, its a sweet love song about how it feels to be walking on
air in love, and then the devilishly authored chorus comes in, "Im on top of
the world/ When Im on top of this girl."
"When I wrote that song, there was in fact a girl under me," says Andy.
"My brother and his girlfriend were downstairs when I was upstairs writing that song,
and I could hear them going at it. I thought, hey, theres a girl under me."
The songs title seems like a clever play on the word pedestal, but as Andy
explains it, "When I wrote that, being white trash, I spelled it pedastool
Bahba said, Naw, its poetic. Just keep it. So we kept the wrong
The track "Bitter Pill" is another pop hymn in worship of the goddess. Soft
acoustic guitar fuses with Andys sad puppy lullaby about a woman leaving him, and
then at the chorus, Jons guitar and Andys voice growl and bite together in a
distortion laced rant of his weakness, "I cant come down, Im way too high
"Sun," a slower, twangy guitar ballad with tinges of the Beatles
"Something," is the only song on the EP where Rocketscience refuses to be too
smitten by a certain womans allure. The song is one of Bahba and Andys
favorites "because we wrote it in the back of a pickup truck on the way to Las Vegas
and thats very rock and roll."
Andy is most flattered by the Beatles connection, and says their sound has also been
compared with Redd Kross, Teenage Fanclub, Foo Fighters, and Nirvana. Their influences are
as diverse as they are unexpected.
"When were in the van going to a gig and we have a crappy radio, well
always find the oldies station in that town. Were big fans of oldies music like
Elvis Presley," says Andy. "We all really like hip-hop: Cypress Hill, Beastie
Boys, Run-D.M.C. But, then our influences are so wide that it almost doesnt tie in
with the band
You wouldnt listen to us and go, Oh, obviously the drummer
is into Black Sabbath and Frank Sinatra. But we are. We like everything except
Some say the group has "it"if "it" means charisma, star
power, and energy. It would be impossible for a band that fills clubs on every tour date
to ignore the fact that they are rocking the house and making girls swoon. Funny thing is,
these four neighborhood guys from Southy are taking it all in stride. They still practice
in Andys parents house, and a couple of them are busting their tails 9 to 5.
"We drink Bud Light out of the can. We pick our noses. We dont smile pretty
for the camera. Were so anti-Backstreet Boys
Weve definitely got
charisma, I aint gonna lie to you. But were all going through our fat Elvis
stage right now. Were not pretty. We just dont have it."
Earth to Andy, many would beg to differ. Kevin French, Rocketsciences manager,
expects great things to come. French says, "Since the record A Girls Name
Here has come out in September there has been outstanding response from all music
reviews to label interest."
Rocketsciences EP, A Girls Name Here, and a listing of tour dates are
available on the bands web site, www.rocketsciencemusic.com.
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