In Rock and Roll Orbit with Rockett Queen
The dynamic music of the mighty Rockett Queen will surely launch any rock and roll fan into the stratosphere! Their debut EP for Fade To Silence Records is entitled Goodnight California – a staggering collection of tunes including the wildly rambunctious single I Hate You. Here is an interview we conducted with one of the Rockett Queen members to find out more about this amazing collective ready to slam headfirst into the big leagues…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Rockett Queen, and how long the band has been together?
My name is Walter Lee and I sing and play guitar in Rockett Queen. We established the band in late 2003.
Where is your band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We’re based out of Tyler TX. and the music community here is AMAZING! There are so many talented people that come from this area it’s unbelievable. Not just the ones who go on to get recognized for their talents but tons of people who are just doing it for the enjoyment of playing, and KILLING IT!
How did you wind up signing to Fade To Silence Records?
Signing with FTSR was a no brainer. When we spoke to Paul about the band he just “Got it”. He knew exactly where we wanted to go and was on board from day one. Plus I’ve never seen someone work as tirelessly as he does for his bands. We couldn’t think of a better partner to be teamed up with.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Goodnight California?
Well the title is taken from a song on the album which kinda summed up the concept behind the record. It’s written about the pitfalls we all face as musicians no matter the stature of your career. This love for music can save your life and at the same time literally kill you. It’s not an easy passion to have but it’s not something you can live without.
Select two songs from Goodnight California and what inspired the lyrics?
Well we just touched on the track Goodnight California so I’ll move on to our first single I Hate You which is about the dark places we all go to work out our issues in relationships. The dark side of your relationship where you sometimes fight with words and sometimes even use sex as a weapon. It’s also about sticking around for the wrong reason and for too long.
What could one expect from a live Rockett Queen show?
Just a flat out good time!! We’re not ones to just get up and play our songs and “so long see you later.” We try and engage with everyone in the audience to give them the most “bang for their buck” so to speak. We understand that it’s getting harder and harder for people to make it out to live shows. So when you do and we are a part of that show, we want to make sure you leave feeling satisfied that it was well worth your time to check us out. It’s a rock show!! If you like rock shows then we think you’ll like this one.
What was the experience like playing the Vans Warped Tour and how many dates did you play?
Ah Warped Tour – what can I say about playing Warped?? For a band our size playing Warped is probably the best and hardest shows you can ever play. I highly recommend any band that gets the opportunity to play to take it, cuz you’ll never experience anything like it. But all in all we LOVE Warped Tour – there’s so much family there that you can’t help but have a great time.
If you could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
EASY Prince!! Why? One word BATDANCE!
Has Rockett Queen made their way to California to play shows or could we expect you sometime soon?
Rockett Queen hasn’t made it to California just yet but we are very excited to get there REALLY soon.
Are you or any of the other band members involved with any other bands or projects outside of Rockett Queen?
We all stay pretty focused on Rockett Queen for the most part. I do a lot of production and songwriting with other bands when I’m not doing RQ but I stay mainly focused on the band.
How did Playboy model Summer Ayala become involved in the I Hate You video and what was it like working with her?
I’ve known Summer for what seems like forever now. She also runs a talent agency called Meraki Talent Management in Dallas. We were having trouble finding the perfect couple for the video so I reached out to Summer to see if she knew anyone. After discussing the treatment with her she seemed super excited about the video so I just casually mentioned I thought she’d be perfect for the part. She was more than happy to get involved and knew the perfect leading man in Devin Northrip. As soon as we started filming I knew we made the right decision.
What’s up next for Rockett Queen?
Well the first video and single for I Hate You from the new record Goodnight California just dropped and is picking up a lot of speed. So we’re gonna be supporting that as much as possible. As well as going out for a month with Scott Stapp starting mid-January thru the end of February. After that we plan to immediately hit the road again for as long as we can possibly stand it until it’s time to work on the new record.
Any final words of wisdom?
Man, I’m in a band – any words of wisdom I’ve been given has obviously gone in one ear and right out the other. Haha. I don’t know “Don’t do drugs”. and we’ll see you on the road. But seriously thanks for having us – we appreciate the support.
Rocket Queen is: Walter Lee – Vox/Guitar, Jay Scars – Lead Guitar, Chaz Graves – Bass, Keith Crash-Drums
(Interview by Ken Morton)