ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS at The Pike Room

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 2, 2015
doors at 8pm
tickets: $15 ADV / $18 DOS (buy tickets)

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ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS with OBNOX at The Pike Room



ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS


It's hard to say what Rocket From The Tombs is.

"No one else in American rock, underground or over, in 1974 and '75, was writing and playing songs this hard and graphic about being f**ked over and fighting mad. No one else is doing it now." - David Fricke, editor of Rolling Stone. Is RFTT a punk band? No. It pre-dated punk rock.

Is RFTT alternative? No. It aspired to the mainstream.

Is RFTT legendary? No. It's mythical.

Formed in 1974, by August 1975 Rocket was burned out and gone. In less than a year it blew through four different drummers and never went into the studio. Left behind were live recordings of songs that would become anthems: 'Final Solution,' 'Ain't It Fun,' 'Sonic Reducer,' '30 Seconds Over Tokyo,' 'So Cold,' 'What Love Is,' 'Life Stinks,' 'Amphetamine' and 'Muckraker,' among others.

Describing the band's live recordings from 1974 and 1975:

"Blazing amazing trails, they deserve to be celebrated, not consigned to a historical footnote." - The Wire.

"A record of great historical importance, envisaging the Punk-Rock revolution..... Furious songs full of tension and of a surprising modernity that deserve being regarded alongside the best songs of the MC5, Patti Smith, The Stooges or VU on the list of the seminal non-mainstream rock bands." - Les Inrockuptibles.

"It's flabbergasting stuff." - Billboard.

"The darkest, most desperately unforgiving sound." - Village Voice. Twenty-eight years later, when RFTT finally took to the road:

"Rocket From the Tombs is not just the great lost proto-punk band of the '70s. It's one of the best bands of the 21st Century too." - Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune.

"Rocket from the Tombs was always doomed," said singer David Thomas. "Everything from Cleveland was doomed. Rocket from the Tombs is totally inconsequential and irrelevant. Pere Ubu is totally inconsequential and irrelevant. That is the power of Cleveland. Embrace, my brothers, the utter futility of ambition and desire. Your only reward is a genuine shot at being the best. The caveat is that no one but your brothers will ever know it. That's the deal we agreed to."

 

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