What's the Frequency?
7 / 20 / 2018
"What’s the Frequency is an overall perfect album- from the jingle-jangely opening track “I Choose Love”, right down to the closing track that is all about goodbyes known as “Evershine.”
-Ron Trembath, Trainwreck'd Society
"Breezy, totally charming indie pop"
-Matt Dinaro, Rock and Roll Portland OR
Rocket 3’s self-released 2014 debut album, “Burn”, reached #76 in the CMJ top 200, earning the band critical acclaim and comparisons to Belly, La Sera, Blake Babies, and the Breeders. Their sophomore release “What’s the Frequency?” grows out of the band’s pop punk roots, but with disarming vocals and clean, warm guitar tones. The title is a nod to both the R.E.M. song and to bass player Kenneth Foust, who joined the band in 2015 and shares songwriting duties with guitarist and lead singer, Ramune Nagisetty. Andrew Anymouse adds drums while Portland musical talent, Gavin Duffy, contributes saxophone and keyboards to add new flavors to an already tasty recipe. Matt Jefferson, producer of “Burn”, reprises his role as recording engineer and producer.
“Recalls '90s alt staples Belly, Beat Happening, and the Breeders... Rocket 3 charms with fearless attitude and historic reflection.” -Christopher Petro, Performer Magazine
"What's the Frequency?" favors quality over quantity, featuring nine non-formulaic hits with provocative lyrics. The lead-off track, “I Choose Love,” is a beautiful, unusually structured song revealing that true love is learned. “Echoes” is an autobiographical account of witnessing a cruel moment in an auditorium full of people laughing at the expense of an audience member. “What If” is an energetic, 3-chord banger with multiple time signatures and a call and response describing the choice between a drug addiction and a relationship: “what if I just need you? - what if I need to leave.” “Giving Up” is an upbeat track about the joy and freedom that comes from just letting go. And “I Don’t Need Ya” sings about eschewing the superficial confidence that money implies.
"Rocket 3's songs are simple, direct, pop-inflected rock songs that are compulsively likeable." -William Kennedy, Eugene Weekly
Rocket 3 has played hundreds of live performances in Portland since 2012. Their song “I See” was included on Portland’s 2017 PDX Pop Now! compilation CD. The bandmates contribute more broadly to Portland’s music culture, with Ramune writing for the Portland Notes music blog and Andrew hosting the Local Roots Music Showcase. However, the band is most proud to have raised over $5K for the American Cancer Society through sales of their debut album, “Burn.”
Album credits and liner notes:
Tracks 1, 2, 5, 7 written by Ramune Nagisetty
Tracks 8 and 9 written by Kenneth Foust
Tracks 3, 4, and 6 written by Kenneth Foust and Ramune Nagisetty
Ramune Nagisetty: guitar and vocals
Kenneth Foust: bass, and backing vocals on Evershine
Andrew Anymouse: drums, and backing vocals and metallophone on Evershine
Gavin Duffy: saxophone on Hip Shot and Evershine, keyboard on What If and Giving Up
Recorded, engineered, and produced by Matt Jefferson at Make Music or Die Studios in Portland, Oregon
Mastered by John Scrip at Massive Mastering
Artwork by Ero Gray and JF Creative