The Rocket Summer - Hello, Good Friend (Cover Artwork)

The Rocket Summer

The Rocket Summer: Hello, Good FriendHello, Good Friend (2005)
Militia Group

Reviewer Rating: 3

Contributed by: Matt_WhelihanMatt Whelihan
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On the Rocket Summer's sophomore release, 22-year-old Bryce Avery returns with a piano-heavy power-pop album that exhibits his past appeal (catchy songwriting and youthful energy) and also his past faults (whiny vocals and cringe-worthy lyrics). Avery, who handles all the vocal and instrumental d.
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On the Rocket Summer's sophomore release, 22-year-old Bryce Avery returns with a piano-heavy power-pop album that exhibits his past appeal (catchy songwriting and youthful energy) and also his past faults (whiny vocals and cringe-worthy lyrics).

Avery, who handles all the vocal and instrumental duties on this album, shows that he is a competent songwriter who can not only craft a hook, but also belt out a melody that is well worth humming as you go about your day. Songs like the weepy-to-rocking opener "Move To The Other Side Of The Block," the acoustic-driven "I'm Doing Everything (For You)," and the pop-rock of "Show Me Everything You've Got" recall Copeland, while the up-tempo piano rockers "I Was So Alone," "Around The Clock," and "Story" play like outtakes from a Something Corporate album. Avery even finds time for some ballads like the soft piano number "Treasures," the simple acoustic "Goodbye Waves And Driveways," and the closer "Christmas Present."

Despite Avery's knack for poppy songwriting, his vocals spend too much time dwelling in the realm of nasally cries. Throughout the album Avery raises his voice to a half shout, a tone that sounds much more convincing, but never stays with this for too long before returning to his emo whine.

His lyrics are also still pretty awful. I don't know if he is just too concerned with finding rhymes or if he is really just that bad at writing lyrics, but the results often drag down his songs. Avery mixes juvenile lines like "I'm wanting this to be a supernatural flood of life," and "I wanna be just like that mountain / I want to stand taller and bigger than the rest," with predictable and overused rhymes like, "No, well this won't be a sad song / There's gonna be claps and singing along," "'Cus this ain't where it's at / and my friends will second that / and I gotta admit sometimes it's pretty sad, but it's like we're our own ??Brat Pack' / we're always kickin back, nobody can take that / and that is that," and "You don't know just when to stop / you're living your life to be on top / so step back and be real / and just admit the way you feel."

In the end, "Hello, Good Friend" just doesn't add up. Avery can play a lot of instruments and write some charming pop music; now he just needs to figure out the rest of the equation by adding some depth to his lyrical content and finding a vocal range that isn't so grating.


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Anonymous (May 3, 2006)

wow i love it when the same person comments like 6 times in a row to try to prove a point.

Anonymous (April 20, 2006)

hello bryce if you see this plzz comment me back
im seeing ur show soon
and my sister is coming along as well
she went to your school collyville high and she was in the band with you and i was wondeinrg if you rembered her, her nane is jenny kendall
well just wondering hit me up if you do sjhow@sbglobal.net
alirghty thanks
btw you rock!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous (July 29, 2005)

I really liked this album. Bryce writes songs that reflect his personality: fun, upbeat and energetic. And even if you think they're just okay, I highly recommend seeing one of his shows if you get the chance. The one I went to might have been the most entertaining show I've ever seen.

Anonymous (July 19, 2005)

Ok the rocket summer fucking rocks! shut the hell up haters...if you hate them so much why do u waste the time to comment? Fuckers.

Anonymous (July 17, 2005)

you guys are all incredibly moronic. bryce has one of the hottest wives EVER. way better than any of u will ever get legally. do ur homework before u start gay bashing idiots....looking manly is over rated....as long as it gets the chicks who cares. go listen to your metallica, slipknot and linkin park and be done with it

Anonymous (July 15, 2005)

Just cause you have opinions doesn't mean you're smart. If you don't like this music, shut the fuck up and go listen to something else.

Anonymous (July 9, 2005)

Fuck all of you haters... The rocket summer is awesome... Bryce is not a pussy and hes better n way more talented then all u fuckin nerds!!!suck me

Anonymous (July 5, 2005)

ok seriously you people that comment this review are fucking retarded...like honestly you cant say anything when this is a punk site...fucking punk is the worst shit that has ever hit the earth...ya its worse than country so i dont think any of you have fucking room to talk...this album is amazing and ive listened to it nonstop lately and i have not got bored of it at all. wow i never new people could be so fucking retarded, honestly

DickAround (June 20, 2005)

One of the worst bands I've ever seen.

I didn't watch, but I had to listen... I don't think many people were into this shit.

EMOHOLOCAUST (June 20, 2005)

ahhh shit ive met this guy way back in summer 2003
damn waht a queer/

Anonymous (June 20, 2005)

who's this fuckrag on the cover?


mjg (June 20, 2005)

survey says: douchebag

Anonymous (June 19, 2005)

is that just a random pussy on the cover...or is that the rocket summer

- pussyfoot

piratasmuertas (June 19, 2005)

Neither has that guy on the cover.

Anonymous (June 18, 2005)

Dude, I'm 212 pounds, and have never played guitar in my life.


swingline (June 18, 2005)

123notit. you'd figure with all the use of "fag" on this site, you people would know how to spell it's elongated form "faggOt". fags.

Anchors (June 18, 2005)

That comment about me and Chinatown was pretty clever, I'll give credit where it's due.

But that's the lovechild of Tate and NFGpunker.

Jesse (June 18, 2005)

I wish I had such a sassy stance.

piratasmuertas (June 18, 2005)

Not sure if they show it on back of this album, but if you were to get a camera taking a shot of this guys reverse side you will see that he has a hole in his jeans and a butt plug stuffed in his ass. Take a look at the akward stance and that cute, gay little smirk. He totally vioated himself.

Oh, I'm pretty sure that it's not China, Swingline or Anchors....

It's Jason Tate.

Anonymous (June 18, 2005)

scores for the anchors/chinatown comment a few posts down. genius. but i'm pretty fucking sure it's that faggit swingline.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

"This shit was the theme song for the Women's Softball College World Series on ESPN."

Why were you watching the Softball College World series in the first place?

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)


Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

I can't tell whether it's Anchors or Chinatown on the picture.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

Seeing that guy makes me want to punch him in the face.

steveman (June 17, 2005)

Yeah, I saw this guy not long ago with Gatsby's American Dream. All I can say was that he sucked. There were very few people (other than the preppy chicks in Dashboard shirts) there to see him until it started raining outside and we all had to go in. He sounds like a something corporate rip off, with worse lyrics and much worse vocals.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

the other day this fucking 40 year old fat woman in a suburban had a bumper sticker on it that had a sign of a man a sign of a woman = marriage. ingint!

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

What are you talking about? The cover rocks!!! Bryce and I are best friends, I'm so hardcore. NUFAN wrote the bible.

- Chinatown

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

Why reviewing something apparently as bad as the cover itself and something no one has never heard about before and probably never will

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

why would you put that as the cover? it makes no sense.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

I love this album. It satisfies my pop fix completely. I do, however, hate what Bryce has done to himself. Before he just looked gay, now he looks gay AND like a tool. I've met him and he's a really nice guy and he's married so I know he's neither of those two things but good god that spiked hair is awful.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

This shit was the theme song for the Women's Softball College World Series on ESPN.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

Wow, an eight-year-old holding a guitar.


CellarDoor (June 17, 2005)

Great review. This album gets boring after a couple of plays.

swingline (June 17, 2005)

mccauley culkin? no. he does however, to this day, have to watch his ass when he walks down dark alleys. there are groups of followers, most likely nambla members, who are still obsessed over his pretty little mouth.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

if that guy doesnt do something soon he's gonna start breaking out in vagina sores

- pussyfoot

- give credit where credit due: southpark

psychoos231 (June 17, 2005)

Is that the kid from Home Alone on the cover?

swingline (June 17, 2005)

that kid on the cover totally receives.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

I saw this guy a couple weeks back, and excuse my moment of ignorance, because I usually don't describe things in this way...but this was the gayest shit i've ever seen...I mean I love me some poppy songs, but good fucking lord

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