Rocket Cat Rocks The House At Company Brewing
Alternative rock quartet Rocket Cat played alongside Nashville rockers VOLK and family pop rock band Spatola at the Riverwest brewery Wednesday evening. Although it was a late midweek show, the devoted fans made it out.
Rocket Cat consists of vocalist Suzanne Singh, guitarist Chris Guse, bassist Dave Maurer, and drummer Steve Vorass. They have a strong 80’s influence and take inspiration from bands such as Heart and The Cure.
“We also have an 80’s cover band….the cover band world is very lucrative. We make money from that to feed into the original work we do,” Singh said.
The band recently released their debut LP “Little Lights” on April 5th, following up their first EP “Radiant Transmission” from 2017.
Singh explains the creative process behind their latest album.
“(Little Lights) has been about a year in the works. We’ve been together about three years and put out our EP which was mostly our former guitarist’s work that we kinda re-did, so this was cool cuz we got a new drummer, Steve. Little Lights was the first songwriting experience where everyone had something to get so it really felt like a team effort. I don’t do any of the instrumental composition, I leave that to the boys. I write the lyrics and the melody, and from that perspective it feels like an exploration of life after family, children – that kind of stuff. You get to a certain point and you’re like “now what?” So a lot of the songs explore that.”
Singh further breaks down some of the tracks that extrapolate on that motif.
“The title track is a homage to my parents who have passed away, and I’m thinking about my children and the cycle of life. “A Thousand Echoes” is probably our most somber song; it deals with addiction and depression and trying to find your way. It was written around the time Chris Cornell died and if you listen to it production-wise, there’s definitely some shout-outs to Soundgarden. Another song that has an interesting story is “1989 (Rise Up).” I lived in Romania for a couple years and it was right after the Romanian revolution. I try to write our songs where someone can see it from different angles and it was also written after the last presidential election, but we tapped into these themes about the Romanian revolution of 1989. It was a reflection of my experience and the people I met after this dictatorship fell – my tribute to my Romanian friends.”
She also explains where the Northern Lights play into the themes, which are part of the album’s artwork.
“I’ve spent quite a lot of time in Iceland, so I think what goes through all the songs is something called the vegvisir, which is an ancient Viking compass. So I think every single song has a sense of trying to find your way again.”
Singh concludes with what we may expect from Rocket Cat for the rest of 2019.
“We’ve taken a stab at music videos, so we’ve done two so far. We’ve got another one coming up next week that we did with Enterprise Films, Eddie Curran. He’s young, smart, and very creative – we love him. So we’ll have three videos that we’re gonna premiere at No Studios on June 1st. May 30th we have a 414 Live interview at 88Nine in order to promote the video screening. The summer will be full of our cover band.”