Texas native Bryce Avary, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist mastermind behind The Rocket Summer, has accomplished enough for someone a lot older, as he prepares to release his second Island Records release (and fourth overall), Of Men and Angels, the follow-up his major label debut, 2007???s Do You Feel.
Since launching his career as a 16-year-old with the independently released The Rocket Summer EP, a name he took from a Ray Bradbury short story, Bryce has toured around the world, selling out venues not just in the U.S., but Canada, the U.K. and Japan, while playing such noted events as U.K.???s Glastonbury Festival, Scotland???s T in the Park, Japan???s Summer Sonic Festival, Austin City Limits, SXSW, Bamboozle, Cornerstone and the 2007 Vans Warped Tour.
???With this album, I wanted to strip away some of the expectations and goals even more so that have perhaps held me back in the past,??? he explains. ???I still tried to write songs the whole world would want to sing along to, a beautiful and huge record. But I went into it with the attitude, I want to make an album of genuine and honest songs written from my heart and personal experiences that musically and lyrically would be better than anything I had done yet and above all would be an album that would hopefully, truly move and affect people. ??The whole pop success is like playing the lottery anyway. Of course it would be amazing, but for me it’s all about focusing everything you have on making the greatest music you can without banking on any thing else. I’m grateful to be doing this and I want to do this for the right reasons.”