After 10 years lost in space, Rocket Science has finally landed with a hot new album for us earth-dwellers to enjoy.
Hailing from Melbourne, the boys from Rocket Science leaped into the wave of post-punk take-off in 1998 following hot on the heels of The Vines and The Hives, sporting a familiar ‘60s garage-psych meets ‘90s post-punk vibe.
Now, let’s dive into what’s new.
Snake is a cosmic, post-punk, fever dream that ranges from the slinky, outer-space drifting of both Scorpio tracks, to mid-tempo saunters through vibrating pub corridors and psychedelic dens found in Dark Corridors and Snake, finally arriving at the heart of the chaos with dance-punk, pub brawl anthems like ‘I Hate Hate’.
There are so many honourable mentions for this album.
The first track ‘Chasing Rainbows’ starts off at a sexy saunter but very quickly speeds up and sucks us up into hyperspace with a blazing bassline and takes us on a twisty-turny journey into groovy organs and a psychedelic guitar solo worthy of any kaleidoscope space adventure. According to Roman Tucker (vocals, theremin, Keyboard) “Chasing Rainbows paints a dark and uncompromising picture of a dystopian world crafted from my experiences in a recovery ward.” Right on, Roman.
‘Cheers Pinger’ is super fun, kicking off with a monologue reminiscent of Flight of the Conchords that quickly blooms into a groovy atmosphere. Funky bass riffs and cosmic vortexes galore.
My personal fave ‘Back for More’ is a punchy, psychedelic freak-out with edgy progressions, fuzzy guitars and frantic keys that also happens to neatly sum up the band’s return from the dead.
Hope to hear more from you soon guys! Check out the album below and see what you think.
Reviewed by Jess Sercombe