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I Am a Rocketship
Lies and Legends
My Long Wknd
11 November 2021
Firepower Indie Pop: Atlanta’s I Am a Rocketship releases ambitious ‘Lies and Legends’ LP
FOR FANS OF: The Kills, Phantogram, The Ting Tings, Garbage, Feral Five, Curve, Failure
Photos by Katja Bjorn
“This whole album see the duo at the top of their game, this new offering coming to listeners with notable and striking drive – like some unexpected sonic lovechild of Tamaryn and Primal Scream. Fabulous!” ~ The Spill Magazine
“Delightful and melodic, their catchy offerings are dreamy, yet grounded, loaded, but not overinflated. Sonic symmetry” – Amplify Music Mag
“Superb in every respect… may actually be their greatest” – Big Takeover Magazine
“There is not a single filler on this release – absolutely fantastic. For once, someone has dared to step out of the circle and release something sonically new!” ~ Tony Bates, 3MDR / Indigo FM
“Everything you expect and more… too smart to be pop, too subtle to truly be classed as rock” ~ Dancing About Architecture
“Pleasing to the ears and compelling to the heart… Brilliant”– Jammerzine
American-Swedish indie pop outfit I Am a Rocketship have released their new album ‘Lies and Legends,’ their most ambitious offering to date, following well-received singles ‘Fever Dream’ and ‘What’s This For.’
Based in Atlanta, I Am a Rocketship is a duo comprising Eric Weissinger and L E Kippner, who mix smooth impressionistic lyrics and rock guitar with a dash of Dirty South beats and psychedelic bombast.
Both raised on folk and classical music, the two later discovered bands such as Joy Division, My Bloody Valentine, Massive Attack and Sigur Ros. Suckers for a pop hook, I Am a Rocketship is a self-contained duo, who write, record and create art and videos without the involvement of other contributors.
The new ‘Lies and Legends’ album is comprised of 10 songs about the appeal, in trying times, of lies and legends over reason and love. They give people hope, a feeling of belonging and frequently, a license to do terrible things in the name of their belief.
“When facts are scary, people turn to belief. I guess these are songs about faith, how it can be comforting, but blinding,” says guitarist and programmer Eric Weissinger.
All the music on the ‘Lies and Legends’ album was recorded on a notebook computer during early 2021 – a very productive year for the band given the amount of time spent under lockdown, with late 2020 also bringing their ‘oRAnGE’ EP, a release laced with frustration, sadness and rage over the rise of authoritarianism and accelerating environmental collapse.
In April 2020, I Am a Rocketship released their ‘Ghost Stories’ LP, which were preceded by, ‘Mind Grafitti’ (2019) and their debut offering ‘Mission Control’ (2016).
In his past incarnation, Eric Weissinger would back up various artists, opening for bands such as The Wedding Present, The Black Crowes, James, Cracker and Portastatic. But everything changed upon meeting L E Kippner – cellist, scientist, radio DJ and singer for Swedish synth-pop duo Neobox. At first forming Hitchcock Blondes in Ohio, they relocated to Atlanta to make a fresh start as I Am a Rocketship.
As of November 11, the ‘Lies and Legends’ album is available across digital platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music and can also be obtained directly from the artist via Bandcamp.
01. Fever Dream 5:24
02. Revolution 3:31
03. Stone 5:10
04. Taxman 3:32
05. Set The Controls to Forever 5:38
06. Insurrection 4:13
07. What’s This For 5:05
08. On Poppy Hill 6:08
09. Ignorance 3:13
10. Hide 3:04
Written and performed by Eric Weissinger and L E Kippner
Recorded at The Barry Patch by Eric Weissinger
Video created by Eric Weissinger and L E Kippner
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