Rocket Kings, the dynamic indie pop ensemble from Reading, unveils their latest gem, “She’s Going To Mars,” the second single from their sophomore album, ‘Paving The Way.’ The album, boasting 12 tracks, is a delightful blend of ukuleles, captivating melodies, and harmonies, reminiscent of a musical concoction akin to The Beautiful South, Teenage Fanclub, Belle and Sebastian, and The Cranberries. The band, formed in 2016, comprises Dave Stewart (ukulele, vocals), Bex Crossland (vocals, ukulele), David Heath (drums), Jess Tuthill (ukulele, vocals), and Yoshiko Nakayama (bass). United by their love for music, their infectious positivity radiates through the vibrant, original pop-rock songs they create. With the inclusion of three ukuleles, bass, and drums, their distinctive ukepop sound breaks new ground.
“‘She’s Going To Mars'” is inspired by Bex’s adventurous spirit, as depicted in the previous album’s track, ‘Space Camp,’ recounting her visit to NASA’s US Space and Rocket Centre for astronaut training. This time, the narrative delves into what came after, set to an invigorating backdrop of original pop-rock. The ‘Paving The Way’ album, recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Josh McCrohan at Creative Control Studio in Bracknell, showcases Rocket Kings’ evolution into a more rock-infused sound. With elements like overdrive and phaser pedals, and even the addition of trumpet in select tracks, this album promises an exhilarating musical journey.
Rocket Kings’ debut EP, ‘The Spellbound EP,’ released in 2018, revealed their influences from the likes of Teenage Fanclub, Lou Reed, The Kinks, The Wedding Present, Status Quo, and The La’s. Now, ‘Paving The Way’ is available digitally, on limited edition vinyl, and CD via Bandcamp, Spotify, and Apple Music, promising a rich auditory experience for fans old and new.