Johnny's Little Rocketship
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"ALBUM REVIEW"

Johnny’s Little Rocketship needs an honest answer: can they make it with you? Skye, Dan, Jeff, Jack and Nick deliver a guitar-driven album drawing from the ‘60s-‘70s sound which spawned the Hives, The Vines, etc, introducing a strong hint of Weezer to accompany it. A Moog synth and Hammond-type organ augment the music in support of the post-‘90s pop-rock songwriting. Produced by Scott Owens (19 Wheels) and Scott Bozack (Big Gig Productions), the album reads like a good-time, get-to-know-the-band, fun rock album, complete with a campfire-style acoustic song with vocal harmonies. See myspace.com/johnnyslittlerocketship for pictures of the band and songs. — Ryan Cunningham
- RECOIL MAGAZINE


Discography

Johnny's Little Rocketship: self titled debut 2004
Johnny's Little Rocketship: "The L.A. EP" 2005
Johnny's Little Rocketship: "If There's Good In This World" 2007

The songs "WISH AGAIN" and "DISASTER," off the latest record, have recieved regular airplay from Grand Rapids, Michigan's Rock WGRD.
The songs "Same Thing" and "Wish Again" were featured on the WGRD compilations BOOTLEG '06 and '07 alonside acts such as The FRAY, SMILE EMPTY SOUL, and UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF GIANTS. Over 20,000 copies of the Bootlegs have been sold.

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Born an unknown band in a small town, Johnny’s Little Rocketship’s humble beginnings have given rise to a hard working, well traveled rock band who recently released their second full-length album, titled “If There’s Good In This World.” Starting with an all but nonexistent local music scene, JLR was forced to put on the majority of their shows wherever they could. Cornfields, driveways, churches, roller skating rinks, and schools all became impromptu venues for rock shows.

Their infectious pop songs, heavily influenced by such acts as the Foo Fighters and Ben Kweller and featuring unabashedly loud guitars, a pounding rhythm section, and potent, catchy melodies, made the sleepy locals sit up and take notice. As Johnny’s popularity grew so did the St. Joseph music scene. JLR began to regularly bring in 200-300 kids—from middle schoolers up to college students—paving the way for a throng of newly formed local acts.

JLR quickly sold out of their independently released first album, and with the support of their ever-growing fan base, decided to pack up the van and expand their horizons, winning over fans from Grand Rapids, MI (Orbit Room, Intersection) South to the Gulf Coast and West to Los Angeles (The Key Club).

While in L.A. Johnny’s Little Rocketship was “discovered” and signed by a small but ambitious label. An album was hastily recorded and mixed, then left on the backburner for a full year until the label folded – taking the master recordings with them to the grave. Thus the band was cured of its naivety and received a humbling object lesson on the treacherous ways of music business.

But rock’n’roll doesn’t wait for the wounded. This summer, the band was back in the studio with producers Scott Bozack of Big Gig Productions and Scott Owens of the band 19 Wheels. The fruit of their months of labor: “If There’s Good in This World” – JLR’s second full-length record. The first single, “Wish Again” has already been featured on Grand Rapids’ premier rock station, WGRD, and the WGRD Bootleg V6.0, a widely distributed compilation album, featuring national acts The Fray, Under the Influence of Giants, Dashboard Confessional, and more. With the release of “If There’s Good” you’ll find Johnny eating up miles of Midwest road through the spring and summer.