Rocket & the Ghost

Air Date: 05-12-15

New York-based indie rock outfit Rocket And The Ghost was formed by singer and multi-instrumentalist Kiyoshi Matsuyama in the fall of 2012. A Boston native and Brooklyn transplant, Matsuyama broke free from his longtime allegiance to blues-driven rock n’roll to focus instead on writing his own songs.

Right out of the gate Rocket & The Ghost started creating what has been described as “a wildly dynamic mix of thunderous beats and razor sharp hooks” (Independent Music Awards). The band euphorically pays homage to the rich and riotous tradition of American rock with songs like "Better Than Before" and "Come In From The Outside" (you can hear echoes of their forefathers, like Bruce Springsteen, and their contemporaries, like Bon Iver, if you're into that whole comparison thing). But the real standout in the bands' potent arsenal is how remarkably they handle a ballad, as evidenced by heart-wrenchers like "Albuquerque" and "Gold"; the latter of the two won the 2014 Independent Music Award for Best Love Song. In addition, their debut Self-Titled EP, released in November 2013, garnered rave reviews from the likes of USA Today, NYLON Guys, The Deli Magazine, and TimeOut NY.