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Rocket Science@Reverb
Sunday March 03, 2002 @ 07:00 PM
By: Staff

Report Card

Band: Rocket Science
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Venue: The Reverb
Date: March 2, 2002
Reporter: Tim Melton
Rocket Science are a four-piece band (ed by work-horse bassist/vocalist Rob Higgins)that specializes in doing it all for the fans, wheeling out a kick-ass set of metallic smart-rock and had prize give-aways for the all-ages audience. A great combination of musicianship, songwriting and onstage personality.

Achievement of Rock 'n' Roll Expectations

  • 80-100: Band exceeds skill and knowledge expectations. Rocked us so hard we peed our pants.
  • 70-79: Band achieves required skills and knowledge. Meets rock 'n' roll standard.
  • 60-69: Demonstrates some skills. Approaches rock 'n' roll standard.
  • 50-59: Band demonstrates some required skills and knowledge in a limited way.
  • Below 50: Band has not demonstrated required skills or knowledge.

    Grade: 92

    World Domination Status:
    Progressing well towards world domination
    Progressing with some difficulty towards world domination
    No chance in hell for world domination


    There's a buzz brewin' about Rocket Science and there's good reason. The band has gotten a lot tighter (as has the material) and the songs are a little more concrete than they were during the band's earlier shows. There's a lot of heart in what Rocket Science do and it's worn on their sleeve.

    Learning Skills:
    E=Excellent, G=Good, S=Satisfactory, N=Sad Really

    Oral And Visual Communication

    Eye Contact: G Strengths/Weaknesses/Next Step:
    Pronounciation: G There's something very Fugazi or Propagandhi about the way Higgins and Co. do things, and the stage banter was all about geting the fans involved between songs, which broke things up nicely. They even had loads of audience members onstage during the last song.
    Stage Presence: G
    Stage Banter: E
    Image: G
    Appearance: G
    Use Of Stage: G

  • Musical Analysis

    Level Of Participation: E Strengths/Weaknesses/Next Step:
    Problem Solving: E Seemed that Higgins was heavily involved in organizing the entire all-ages event and so, a big thumbs up for giving the kids the chance to enjoy CMW. Rocket Science have some show-stoppers, including an oddly Beatlesque song called "Poisonous Gasses At Supermarkets," that features some great slide work. The band have a sound that doesn't seem trampled by others and the buzz should keep brewin'. They're heavy without being stupidly heavy and lyrically, the band avoid the easy way out and sound like they've actually put some thought into it. Duel guitars, slamming drums, grinding, gritty bass and howling vocals. What more do you want?
    Teamwork: E
    Work Habits: E
    Organization: E
    Audience Participation: E
    Sound: E
    Composition: E
    Songs: E

    Other Skills And Areas Of Interest

    Charisma: E Strengths/Weaknesses/Next Step:
    Problem Solving: E Fashion isn't an issue for Rocket Science and the band stick to hammering it out. The band seem indie-rock at heart, but their sound is more over the top than your average band. Higgins has an everyman persona about him that is easily related to. A "Hey, I'm just a guy - let's rock" vibe that helps when inciting the audience to get involved. Fuck fashion - let's rock!
    Teamwork: E
    Sexiness: S
    Haircut: G
    Indie Rock Footwear: G
    Nods To Disposible Fashion: S
    Cool Equipment: E
    Level Of Inebriation: G
    Actual Ability: E


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