The Deluxtone Rockets

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The Deluxtone Rockets
Origin Muskegon, Michigan, United States
Genres Swing Revival, Rockabilly
Years active 1996–2001
2008–present
Labels Tooth & Nail

The Deluxtone Rockets are a band from Muskegon, Michigan.[1] They began as a punk band, but by the time of their signing to Tooth & Nail Records they had evolved into a swing revival outfit.[2]

Their first album, which was self-titled, was produced by Gene Eugene and Dennis Danell. They wrote their own songs, and their musical style and lyrics were often compared to The W's,[3] but John Brown's lead vocals were likened to The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' Dicky Barrett or The Reverend Horton Heat.[1]

In their second album, Green Room Blues, the group dropped the horn section entirely and shifted to a rockabilly sound. The album's title reflects the fact that both Eugene and Danell died in early 2000, during production of the album.[1] Though Danell had not been involved in the production, Eugene had been, and was replaced by Chris Colbert. The album has a darker mood than their debut effort, though its lyrics still reflect the faith of John Brown.[4] The album also contained a cover of The Cure's "Lovesong".

2000 was gererally reported as a bad year for the band; they were unable to play shows regularly because in addition to recording difficulties, their drummer left. They were able to get Rodney from the Calicoes to fill in occasionally, and thus played at Cornerstone and other festivals.[5] Also, one night their van caught fire and was totaled, though they still managed to play that night.[5]

They are known for setting their trumpets on fire during live performances.

Reunion[edit]

According to the band's MySpace, The Deluxtone Rockets reformed in spring of 2008 and are working on new material.

Discography[edit]

Band members[edit]

1999[edit]

  • John Brown - Lead Vocals, Guitar
  • Jimmy Van Boxel - Upright Bass, BGV's
  • Jacob Dykema - Tenor Sax, Vocals
  • Richard Mittwede - Trombone, BGV's
  • Jason Sorn - Drums
  • Tim Harvell - Trumpet, BGV's

2001[edit]

  • John Brown
  • Jimmy Van Boxel
  • Lonnie Pease - guitar
  • Jason Feltman

2008[edit]

  • John Brown - Lead Vocals, Guitar
  • Jason Sorn - Drums
  • Harley Obzut - Bass
  • Dusty Bottoms - Guitar

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.). Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 253. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. 
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "allmusic ((( The Deluxtone Rockets > Overview )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  3. ^ "The Deluxtone Rockets". The Phantom Tollbooth. 1999. Retrieved 2007-02-08. 
  4. ^ Breimeier, Russ (2001). "Green Room Blues". Christianity Today. Retrieved 2007-02-08. 
  5. ^ a b Dodd, Jason (March–April 2001). "The Deluxtone Rockets". HM Magazine (88): 18. ISSN 1066-6923. 

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