X92.9's $25 000 Xposure winners (2012), Rockets and Dinosaurs (RAD) are a straight forward, 4 piece, Pop Rock band, out of the heart of Calgary, Alberta. It's rare to see musicians, internationally or locally who perform with as much high energy, heart and attitude, as the RAD boys.
The bands debut release of the, High Five ep, had the band charting on campus radio across Canada. It cemented the band as a power house in the Calgary music scene, and put RAD on the map, in the national market.
RAD has been locked in the studio for the last 4 months composing their first full length album, with an expected release date in February 2013. A support tour will follow as well as the bands first apeirence at Canadian Music Festival in march of 2013. They have had the pleasure to learn from, and tour with bands like, Gob, Library Voices, Paper Lions, We are the City, Maurice, to name a few.
Jordan Potekal - Lead Vocals and Guitar, Lead Vocals / Rhythm Guitar
Rory Redwood - Bass Guitar & Backup Vocals
Wil Moralda - Lead Guitar, Backup Vocals
Nigel Pohran - Drums
Gettin' In, theatrical sound track
Xposure 2012 Compilation (3 songs)
Angel Eyes - Single X92.92 $25 000 Xposure winning song.
Wilful Wreckords 2012 Compilation, International Breakfast
Tranquillizer Records 2012 Compilation
No Way Jose - Single
When In Rome - Single
The High Five Ep - Debut EP
Rockets and Dinosaurs The High Five Self-Released
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!earshot Review June 28, 2011 It’s not often you come across music that makes you smile about j...!earshot Review June 28, 2011
It’s not often you come across music that makes you smile about just being dumped. The first release from Calgary’s Rockets & Dinosaurs cleverly conceals songs about heart break, anger and love with fun up beat pop punk guitar riffs and gang vocals. This all becomes very apparent in the first song “When In Rome” where the singer calmly laments “I hope you fly through a windshield and the paramedics never come” – c’mon we’ve all thought about this happening to an ex one time or another. The full EP clocks in just over 16 minutes as it progresses into a few pop punk ballads akin to the softer side of Blink 182 that would fit very well at Warped Tour in the early 2000’s. The last song of the disc “1995” alludes to the longing of going back to simple times which wraps up the overall feeling of the disc very nicely. While it might be rudimentary for some looking for a more in depth pop tune, Rockets & Dinosaurs (or R.A.D. as they like to call themselves) hit the nose on an up-beat pop album perfect for summer night drives to 7-11.
Rockets and Dinosaurs R.A.D. is more than just an acronym for this Calgary pop-punk band
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In the notorious online Urban Dictionary, the word "rad" has over sixty user-created definitions. Th...In the notorious online Urban Dictionary, the word "rad" has over sixty user-created definitions. This is quite fitting for the quirky band Rockets and Dinosaurs, as they too would describe themselves as a mash-up of many different characteristics.
R.A.D. are a four-piece Calgary-based pop-rock group comprised of guitarists Jordan Potekal and Cam Bahan, bassist Gavin Howard, and drummer Fraser Stott, with all members contributing to vocals.
They tried out a whole wardrobe full of names before settling on "Rockets and Dinosaurs" -- ostensibly because of the "rad" acronym, and subliminally because of the free publicity anytime the word is used in everyday conversation. Â
Just as eighties slang ebbs and flows in its popularity, in recent years the Calgary music scene has seen many local groups come and go. R.A.D., however, say they are here to stay. According to them, what most sets them apart from others is their fun-loving attitude.
"While our music has evolved from a simple punk style to using more complex blues-inspired lead lines . . . at the end of the day, it's still party, let's-get-drunk music," Fraser admits. He's not fazed by this and simply acknowledges it as a defining characteristic of their music.
"That's what people like about us . . . we just have fun with it," says Cam of R.A.D.'s style.
When it comes to being musicians, however, R.A.D. puts all silliness aside. While all members currently work other jobs, Jordan, Cam, Gavin and Fraser would love to factor the band into their future careers.
"We don't take ourselves seriously, but when it comes to being musicians, we do . . . We're never happy with where we are," explains Cam. In that respect, their ambitions for future growth are as big as any creature from the Jurassic period could ever be.
To celebrate their first release together, titled The High Five EP, R.A.D. will be hosting a joint CD release show at SAIT's The Gateway on June 11 with fellow local band Elevator Music.
For them, it has been a surreal experience. Reflecting back on their first performance together, the band notes that there was virtually no one in the audience. Now, hardly over a year since that first show, they are in the middle of planning a nation-wide tour for the summer and are looking to release their first LP in the fall. Â
"We really want this . . . and we're going to do whatever it takes to get it," Fraser expresses.
When asked which dinosaur would most aptly describe the personality of the band as a whole, after some lively banter and debate about whether turtles and sharks could be considered dinosaurs, their final decision was that they could not be defined by merely one prehistoric creature.
In the end, they just think dinosaurs are pretty rad -- and they hope you'll think R.A.D. is too.
Upbeat pop punk and new wave with Rockets and Dinosaurs and more
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Across town, it was punk pop night at the Slice, March 4. I caught an energetic set of Chixdiggit...Across town, it was punk pop night at the Slice, March 4.
I caught an energetic set of Chixdiggit style pop punk, full of “oh oh oh” choruses from Rockets and Dinosaurs. Their tight and catchy set showed a band in their element, having fun on stage were having a lot of loud, tight three chord fun for their upbeat and energetic set.
It ended with 1995, about the lead singer being five -years-old and catching frogs.
Sti's and other werewolf diseases
the way it goes
no way jose
old man song
come hell or high water
when in rome
matter of time