“I wanted to merge the look and feel of early 90’s shoegaze imagery with crisp natural elements. The song was the absolute driving force of inspiration,” explains Steven Quinn, who produced, shot and edited this video.
Now this is a great start for Last Day Deaf‘s Autumn season, celebrating this excellent, exclusive video stream. Steven Quinn, creator of the Parsons Rocket Project‘s latest video ‘Solar Flare‘, couldn’t have described it better. Or if you prefer, ideally visualized this super shoegaz-y, indie gem by Atlanta’s finest quintet, named after science guru Jack Parsons. The unbeatable melody and especially the DIIV-esque guitars of ‘Solar Flare‘ will make you constantly play this video. And of course , nothing’s wrong with this. Parson Rocket Project sound like they never escaped the 90’s time machine, blending the best and catchiest elements of that decade; Luckily, for them, luckily for us! Sit back and enjoy…
“Exit Launch is about the allegorical descent of man through the story of Lucifer’s fall. The imperfection of man and darkness in our hearts that still exists through vanity, pride, materialism (mirrors) and false words of encouragement / deceit of the tongue (sound). ‘Lucky lunar girls, Snowblind in the night’ alludes to the fashion industry and cocaine,” explains Jody Hasty.
“Maybe it’s a longer way for me to describe what Oscar Wilde did in one sentence: “We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.”
Parsons Rocket Project’s musical output is a mixture of ambient, dream pop, indie and space rock. They infuse this multi-colored trippery with the shimmering oceanic resonance of shoegaze and neo-psychedelia to round out this first release.”We embraced the beautiful noise concept, but strayed from the classic shoegaze template that many bands adhere to. so there are some different feels and sounds to it like this fun disco thump thing with the synth bass on “exit launch.” that really pissed off some people in the studio, but it was the kick the track needed,” explains Paul Curry.
Parsons’ members cite a number of artist influences, including Flying Saucer Attack, Tape Cuts Tape, Spacemen 3, Eluvium, Swervedriver, Aix Em Klemm, William Basinski, and Clams Casino. However, their sound is closer to Slowdive, Spiritualized, Trespassers William, Mojave 3, and Mazzy Star.
This debut EP represents a significant moment in time for the band, who were challenged to overcome very real struggles involving drug abuse, a terrible automobile accident, and the low-level daily drama of domesticity. Some of the ambient and psychedelic exploration is rooted in real trauma – both physical and emotional – while some of it is celebratory in nature, rooted in the unique awareness of a temporary conscious being in our universe.
The eponymous ‘Parsons Rocket Project’ EP is out now and can be ordered at https://parsonsrocketproject.b
Jody Hasty – Lyrics, Synth, Electric Piano, Drums
Paul Curry – Bass
Benjamin Price – Guitar, Percussion, Midnight Editing
Jeff Holt – Guitar
K. Michelle Dubois – Vocals
Thad Goad – Logo and Sleeve Design
Anne Nicoletti, Jennifer Colson Demer, Michelle Barnette – Backing Vocals (Interlude II)
Produced and Engineered by Benjamin Price at StudilaRoche in Atlanta
Mastered by Joe Lambert, at Joe Lambert Mastering in New Jersey
Photo credit: Isadora Pennington