Idol Chatter

Idol Chatter


Odd Man Out: The Rocket Summer’s Bryce Avary Hits the Road

posted by Paul O'Donnell

bryceavary2.jpg
Bryce Avary is The Rocket Summer: a multi-instrumentalist who has played almost every note of his four albums full of unapologetically spiritual, upbeat pop. His latest, “Of Men and Angels,” shows an darker side to Avary, where he depends on his Christian faith to get him through tough times. We talked to him as he got ready to head out, accompanied by his road band, with OneRepublic and The Goo Goo Dolls before taking up with the Vans Warped tour.
A lot of people when they hear The Rocket Summer think, “Happy guy, happy music.” But the new album, “Of Men and Angels” didn’t strike me as your usual optimism.
I think it’s actually a really hopeful album. I mean, it touches on struggles more than my other records have, just because in the past couple of years, I’ve endured more of that. It was kind of a hard season, to be honest. But if you really delve into the lyrics, I think you’ll see it’s very hopeful.
I was counting the times you used the word mess on the new album.
Mess? Really?
Yeah, “Stop the crap and clean the mess.” “Pretty mess with a pretty voice.” I kept thinking, “This guy’s been through some stuff since the last time we heard from him.”
That’s for sure. That reputation that I have of just being like this candy cane-licking, bubbly, happy-go-lucky kid is beyond me a little bit. My last record had those moments, too. “Tell Me Something Good” is a dark song about being in a bad place. And “Waiting” is about not being able to forget being upset. I think I’m actually singing about the same kind of stuff. It’s just maybe the vibe is a little bit different. The music is a little less, like, ridiculously poppy.


The other thing that comes across is an ambivalence about fame and about the rock ‘n roll life. Is that something you’re getting more accustomed to?
That was something that came up a lot when I made this record, because it was a very spiritually charged album for me. It was a season in my life when I was letting God sort of find me in a lot of ways. That song, “Of Men & Angels,” where I sing about, “Here I am, dear Lord, tasting hints of fame and I don’t want it anymore if it’s not you that I gain”–it comes from the Bible verse. That truth is very heavy on my heart with this record. Of course I would love to have a huge record, but I don’t want that to drive me. That corrupts you–not fame or whatever, but striving for that. There’s a lyric on the album that says, “I can’t believe I spent so much time just trying to get to the next place.”
You’re going on the Warped tour. You’ve been out with them before. As a Christian, do you find yourself removed from the rest of the bands?
It’s weird, because Jesus Christ is the biggest and most important thing in my life, and naturally that comes out in my music. But honestly, we’ve never really been in the Christian market. We’ve always been a general market band that just happens to be very spiritually charged. You work with people who aren’t believers and that’s what life is. We have fans that say, “I don’t even believe in God, but your music means more to me than anything.”
The song, “You Gotta Believe,” though, seems to be a response to someone who has judged you for your faith.
Well, I am kind of an odd man out half the time, more than half the time. That song is about standing up for what you believe in, about how it feels to be in that boat that I’m in.
Do you see down the road working with artists?
I like the idea of starting some supergroup eventually. That would be so awesome, but all in time.



  • http://hotelbuchenfrankreich.com hotel suchen frankreich

    Pass To,front bring exist warn committee certainly explore priority ignore background totally suddenly something generally explore past size train entire trouble typical off leaf replace factor situation sell keep otherwise exhibition pub tax propose order point in nuclear some encourage where foreign start including relate century whereas western extend paper panel interest student attitude below cry weekend step quickly believe expert instead around call arrange even advise require seriously medical college vast exercise turn approach human doctor policy educational provided master add representative hope mouth guide pub stone both your

Previous Posts

See the Book of Acts Like Never Before
Today get a look at our early church during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. A.D. will present the first 10 chapters of the Book of Acts in a new series, and give viewers a sense of the early church. Prepared to be uplifted by this remarkable journey brought to you by executive producer

posted 8:00:16am Nov. 27, 2014 | read full post »

"God"
      Catch Veggietales on Netflix November 26th - Click here to go to the next page for the next word in your special message and for an exclusive downloadable surprise at the end! IN THE HOUSE is VeggieTales for a new generation, available exclusively via the streami

posted 10:40:29am Nov. 26, 2014 | read full post »

Review: ‘VeggieTales: In the House’ Teaches Children Valuable Life Lessons, Fun for All Ages
If you’re looking for a show that teaches your child valuable life lessons with a relevant faith connection, “VeggieTales: In the House” is it! I had the pleasure of watching a full episode from the revamped Christian-animated series and had fun the whole way through. I joined Bob the Tomat

posted 2:53:08pm Nov. 24, 2014 | read full post »

The Epic Story of the Early Church Continues
With much anticipation after the smash hit, The Bible, now you can get a glimpse of another epic story--A.D. A snapshot can be viewed of this new series during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. It will be a first look from executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey that will pr

posted 10:58:57am Nov. 24, 2014 | read full post »

The Official Trailer for Disney’s ‘Cinderella’ Is Out, And It’s Magical
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20DF6U1HcGQ[/youtube] Have courage and be kind. Get ready! Disney has released its first official trailer for the fairy-tale classic ‘Cinderella,’ and it will blow you away. Contrary to the first teaser that simply focused on the glass slippers, this tr

posted 4:10:12pm Nov. 20, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.