Something For Rockets...
Music for the dancefloor and the bedroom.
...keep it sexy
A Short Bio:
Something for Rockets
Rami Perlman (lyrics, vocals, guitar, keys)
Josh Eichenbaum (keys, laptop)
Jacques Brautbar (bass)
Barry Davis (drums, back-up vocals)
Rami Perlman is a weirdo. He doesn’t shut up about music, he’s a never-ending fountain of non-sequiters, and he wreaks of an overwhelming desire to share his music with everyone he meets. And while he totally could, he almost never talks about the fact that his father is one of the world’s greatest living musical legends. (You can just Google that on your own.)
In all honesty, however, Josh Eichenbaum might even be weirder. Talk to him yourself, you’ll find out why. He happens to be a studio genius, sound editing out of a Los Angeles post-production studio and mastering all keyboards. He and Rami went to Brown together, and when Rami told Josh he was going to move out to Los Angeles because he was “finished” with his native New York, Josh offered up his studio for messing around. …And Something for Rockets was technically born.
Barry Davis is a hottie. He’s been drumming since he was a sperm, and it shows. As a duo, SFR was cool and fun to watch, but it was missing some punch. Barry was third to join the band, and he initially joined against his will. But he’s clearly not regretting it now.
Jacques Brautbar can be heard playing the guitar Thursday nights on Fox at the start of a very unpopular show called The OC. That’s because he used to play in a band called Phantom Planet from LA. And after leaving that band to pursue photography, which is he quite, quite gifted at (Rolling Stone anyone?), he fell in love with Something for Rockets, and Something for Rockets fell in love with him. Ask him about how Rami, Josh and Barry informed him of the fact that he was “in the band.”
To sum it all up, about 3 years ago, some divine creature popped out a little blipping, beeping baby called Something for Rockets. It was a cute little turd, but it had a lot of growing to do. And now, three years later, Something for Rockets is a phenomenon gearing up to release a follow-up to their wildly lauded self-titled, self-released debut and the anticipation has been mounting and mounting and mounting.
It’s all those fans they’ve been roping in daily since inception. With today’s strongest communication tool on their side, the little-known internet, they’ve been able to connect with anyone and everyone who’s taken a liking to their Myspace page, or seen them on MTV’s “You Hear it First,” or caught them at their Monday night Spaceland residency back in January 2005, or read about them in Urb’s “Next 100” issue or GQ’s “Don’t Miss” section. With one of indie music’s most impressive, die-hard street teams on their side, Something for Rockets has been able to skyrocket onto the national stage.
SFR: A SHORT INTERVIEW:
What is your song-writing process?
Rami: It's a mix. Sometimes I bring in pieces of songs, and sometimes I bring on fully finished songs. A lot of times, we create songs out of jams, or parts that either Josh or Jacques bring in. Over all, the finished product is a communal offering. Even if I bring in a fully finished song, the band deconstructs it and then reinvents it in a totally different way.
Josh: It is always an organic and exciting experience.
What moves you most about today's new music?
Rami: I'm a sucker for a good pop song. As long as it has a hook, I'm usually into it. It could be an Arcade Fire song, or a Kelly Clarkson song. If it's hot, it's hot!
Barry: All my friends stopped buying music a few years after high school. It was cool cause nothing was really worth buying (except for Relationship of Command, At the Drive-In). They'd call me and be like, “what should I buy, what’s new?” And I'd say, “I dunno, nothing really!” All of the sudden my friends are calling me being like, “have you heard the Killers or Postal Service or
Spoon...” The music scene has kind of rebirthed itself and I am so excited to be a part of it.
Josh: I like the rock that makes me freak out, and the grooves that make me want to shag. And I like that both are flourishing.
What would you like to see happen to your band in the next 5 years?
Barry: I hope to develop our show into an actual concert that amazes people with more than just great songs (see U.S.E., Flaming Lips, Andrew WK).
Rami: We just want to make records and get our music out to as many people as possible. It's all about spreading the SFR gospel. No town is too small. No city is too big.
Josh: I want us to tour our nuts off, and write a bunch of great records.
Rami: Respect from our peers. To be known as one of the best bands in the last 20 years.
Josh: Same, but with a slightly more relaxed touring schedule. But I also want us to score movies and produce other bands.
Why is it important for you to constantly play live shows?
Barry: Because i would die if we stopped. Constantly bettering our craft is what makes us grow and there are always new people who need to let loose and have some fun at an SFR concert.
Rami: We want to grow as a band. The live show is a part of that growth. We will write songs in the studio, but not fully resize their potential until we take them on the road and play them night after night. It's part of the song writing process for us.
What are your favorite songs of all time?
“I'm Only Sleeping,” Lenon/McCartney
“Freedom,” George Michael
“Game of Pricks,” Guided by Voices
“Born Slippy,” Underworld
“God Only Knows,” The Beach Boys
“Here There and Everywhere,” The Beatles
“Stay, Faraway So Close,” U2
“Watching the Detectives,” Elvis Costello
“Know it All,” Phantom Planet
“Say it Ain't So,” Weezer
“My Michelle,” Guns n Roses
“All in Love is Fair,” Stevie Wonder
Impossible to say. See article 7 - "Beatles catalogue."
What does "Something for Rockets" mean to you?
Barry: It means that life is too short to sit at home and take the night off. Get out there, meet some new people, and have the best night of you're life.
Josh: It means rocking out and having fun. It means taking a situation and making the best out of it. It means setting a goal and working hard to reach it. It means living life without regrets. Something for Rockets is the power to do anything you want and follow your dreams.
Why is it important to develop an online fan base?
Rami: The online fan base is the most direct way to get new music, and information about the band to our fans. Without them, we would have nothing. I think that the net has changed the game and enabled DIY acts such as ourselves to thrive without need for a record label.
Jacques: The internet has made realtime band-to-fan interaction a reality. While snail mail is still equally as viable, the internet allows us to send out news to our fans immediately. Plus, with something like Myspace, we get to know our fans; what do they look like, what do they like to do... and vice versa.
Barry: The majority of the people who support (financially) new music are kids – middle school high school and college. These kids love the vibe and the way we hand them our new style of rocking. The online world has opened the door to so many new fans, it is amazing and we are lucky to be around during its conception.
Josh: The internet is the social nexus of the future. That’s where people go to find out everything they want to know about anything.
Why do you think your street team is so huge?
Jacques: Because we care. And we give these kids the opportunity to be a part of the SFR team. I would loved to have been on a street team for a new band that I was into when I was growing up... hell, sign me up for Radiohead's!
Is there really a difference between rock music and dance music? If so, how so...
Rami: I think that people can dance to all music. So, when we talk about Dance music vs. Rock, we are simply talking about a category. I think all music is dance music.
Tacos or clams?
Josh: Clams baby. Hit ‘em with the clam dick.