[The Rocket Summer]

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Lug 10 2008, 23:01

Location: The Cockpit, Leeds, UK

Admittedly, when I was invited to this gig, I didn't quite know who was supporting, but there it goes and starts off with The Outline slamming out some decent rock tunes, finishing off with Shotgun, one of my favorites of theirs.

Then next up was Melee, who were again considerably solid. Both The Outline and Melee did an 8 song setlist each.

Then came The Rocket Summer who played with considerable presence in spite of their soft, piano driven rock. Choosing Break It Out to begin with, and then followed along with Do You Feel, Save, High Life Scenery, A Song Is Not A Business Plan, Colors, Taken Aback, Waiting and All I Have. Bryce Avery's anthemic lyrical style is perfectly suited for audience singalongs and there were cerainly plenty of those. Two encore songs followed, and both are huge numbers for The Rocket Summer - So Much Love and So, In This Hour.

Overall, I was very impressed with how the band seemed to hold its own against the many gigs I've been to at The Cockpit. It wasn't quite a perfect performance, but it was certainly one to remember.

Rating: ****

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