Rocket 3 is dreamy sugar pop with a Portland sound. They remind me of a montage of tidbit songs in Portlandia: a mix of Breeders and the Shangri-Las, and sweet, subdued Stereolab-style vocals. The drums roll along, punchy yet light. The guitar is charmingly simplistic, which adds to the band’s soft-flowing sound. There are three covers: “Submission” (Sex Pistols), “All Tomorrows Parties” (the Velvet Underground) and “Only Shallow” (My Bloody Valentine), which, I think, are unnecessary. Rocket 3 put their own sound into each of these songs, which I don’t think does any justice to the songs nor the band.
–Camylle Reynolds (Self-released)