make rocket goBand: Make Rocket Go
CD: Make Rocket Go


Score: 4/5 stars


There’s a real sense of cathartic musical independence here via this latest work from Springfield, Missouri musical four-some Make Rocket Go. While everything here on this their latest self-release: Make Rocket Go is shall I say exceptionally entertaining it also manages to cover a pretty wide range of musical styles as well.


When you listen to the music of MRG you know the future of melodic alt-rock shines blindingly bright. It’s easy to hear possible influences of Joseph Arthur, Beach House, MGMT Wilco and Gram Parsons in their music, but the real magic is how they blend all these ingredients into a musical recipe that is the vintage Make Rocket Go signature sound. Make Rocket Go  encompasses the rich history of Americana Blues Roots, then broadens and reshapes it into something Youthful, reckless and out of control. All this and more make MRG  refreshing and uniquely brilliant.


A few tracks notably stand out for me in particular. “Ain’t Love Grand” and Tennyson Walk” are 2 very strong tracks that deliver pure grooved magic and impressive writers touch. These two movements are also polarizing to each other and show a lot of depth. Much of the 13 track CD present straight forward Alternative rock that is like I said before – a bit out of control. Despite this somehow the music has a more of an organic bluesy feel as the album hits the deck running. These cats are definitely a modern example of classic psychedelic-alternative folk rock popular in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. I can hear acts like B52’s, X, No Doubt, and even Modest Mouse. But I can also hear an underlying love passion theme.  As a result this style of music was not so easy to pigeonhole for me, however I suspect many of the previously mentioned bands have had an influence.


The musicianship from Band Members: Michelle Sewell, Rick Guistolise, Scott Jones, Chris how shall I say, off the chain. The vocal front from both Sewell and Guistolise is equally as gravitating. Both  really draw you in, especially together as they are clearly the primary focal point of this band. Another highlight for me is “Everything You Do’ which exemplifies the MRG sound to a T. It’s got plenty of cool guitar riffing, bass playing that sits deep in the pocket but above all it shows just how far these cats masterfully navigate with sheer precision through this simplistic yet amazing writing style. All members demonstrate their individual musical talents and abilities as well without being to over the top about it. This is hard to do then it sounds. Some bands come across as being to simplistic – not these guys. I get the impression MRG is a lot of fun to see live.


So are you thinking what I’m thinking? Somehow all the above is not compatible with the superficial musical times we live in? Make Rocket Go is well-suited for a wide audiences that enjoys frenzious Alternative Rock with a poetic flair, amazing writing and a grand slam live show. There are even elements of Rock and Indie College Rock here as well. Expect great things from MRG as their fanbase explodes past Missouri. I believe there’s a detached and disgruntled audience just waiting for them to arrive.


Joanna Crag edited by Janne Zawa.
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