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Rocket 350
American Grease

The cover art for American Grease features a classic pink car with frightening rocket power and a smooth sailing fin, which may be just the right image for the Athens, Georgia, threesome known as Rocket 350. They deliver high-energy, in-your-face rock-and-roll, with the volume cranked up to 10. Unlike many bands flaunting the greaser image, Rocket 350 doesn¹t suffer from all-our-songs-sound-the-same disease, but they are certainly an acquired taste. No dulcet tones or easy ballads to be found here. Without having ever seen this band perform, I can only imagine their stage antics.

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The CD's most appealing tracks are the fast-driving Rockabilly songs, with standouts including "That's Life" and "All Night Long", which has a catchy sing-a-long riff. "Wray Street" and "Six-Gun" divulge a Dick Dale influence, the former being an excellent surf guitar instrumental, and the latter a cowboy song with a raging six-string. Two '50s jukebox style slow dance songs, "She's Gone" and "Lonely Rock N' Roll Nights", have nostalgic appeal, yet despite the mood shift, the band's rambunctious, eager energy comes creeping through. The unlisted bonus track at the end of the CD tries for an old-fashioned microphone recorded sound with interesting lyrics.

The musical layout of American Grease is balanced overall, and the performers' skill is tempered only by their drive for powerful excitement.
This is an unapologetically loud band, most clearly underlined in hardcore Rockabilly songs like "Voo Doo" and "Seven Days." Fans of Rockabilly who like frantic energy and an Elvis slur sung in a volume more reminiscent of The Big Bopper will enjoy this disc immensely. But be warned: Rocket-powered antics tend to shake the car at high speeds.

—Frankie Hagan



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