“The Doctor’s message seems to be accept life in all its forms. He doesn’t react with horror when he sees a blue, three-headed monster. He reacts with wonder, and I think that’s a very important message to send out to children.”
- Christopher Eccleston
So I haven’t really posted anything on here in almost a year. and that’s all you’re getting from me at the moment.
Long Island, New York has long, illustrative history in alternative rock music. The bands who call, or once called, the Island their “home” reads like a who’s who of modern alt aficionados. So as another generation of Long Island bands gracefully bow out, the newest crop of Islanders is preparing to take off. Consider Rockets on Wire in the latter category. Their brand of melodic punch rock is self-described as “really loud music for really sad people.” So grab your ear plugs and go and give Rockets on Wire a listen before they explode.
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Ryan Kendall Barnes - Guitar
Matt Costabile - Guitar
Marie Mayes - Vocals/Keytar
Phil Mazzola - Bass
Billy Schultz - Drums
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
We’re all from Long Island, New York originally, but right now we’re scattered around Long Island and New York City. We mostly practice and play on Long Island.
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
We’ve been together since the Fall of 2010. Ryan has known Billy since they were young, and when Ryan moved to the island after his previous band dissolved they decided to start playing together. Everybody else came on naturally over a few months. Phil eventually replaced our buddy Tom Kelly on bass. Tom recorded our first EP, and he currently plays in a few fantastic bands.
Why should people listen to your band?
The one compliment we seem to receive a lot that sticks with me is that we’re “really different.” We might not be doing anything revolutionary, but we really enjoy taking the pretty melodies that Marie writes and adding really disgusting noises and feedback around it. We’re also constantly referring to ourselves as “really loud music for really sad people.” If that appeals to you, we’re your band.
How have you grown since you started?
Our songwriting has gotten better as a result of just playing together over the past couple of years. We feel like we’re really starting to hit our stride as far as figuring out what our process is. We bought a pretty decent recorder that we can use to track live demos, so once we have a vague song idea sketched out we just play it 100 different ways until we have something we settle on.
What sets you apart from other bands?
We’re obsessed with the idea of having everything sounding like it’s in this big, empty space. Lyrically we think we’re tapping into what a lot of kids our age are going through. Being in your mid-twenties is strange; you’re not really an adult, but you’re supposed to act like one, and all you want to do is drink and stay up until 4 AM.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
We’re really tightly knit. Every band says that, but we’re basically in constant contact with one another. Most of our days are spent in a group text during our day jobs, sending each other stupid shit from the internet. Mostly things related to Doctor Who and Rick Ross. At least one of our songs has pretty direct Doctor Who references. You can probably figure out which one.
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
I Am Not Your Home definitely owes a lot to Brand New and Radiohead. We really wanted it to have this cohesive feel and really be a full work as opposed to just a collection of songs. We drew some inspiration from the way Deja Entendu is structured when we were putting it together. A lot of the noisier stuff comes from Matt and Ryan obsessing over Jawbreaker and Fugazi records.
Other than that, Matt finally just checked out Floral Green. He likes it. Which he should. It rules.
Most of us have been listening to a lot of hip-hop: Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Action Bronson. This influences some of the groove we get into in our songs. The production on those records is pretty spacey, which probably seeps in more than we think it does.