Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Future Forecast for United By Rocket Science

Whether you've noticed or not. United By Rocket Science has, for the most part. been inactive for a few months. With Dave spending most of his spare time hauling vinyl to and from record shows and my side project Document Fanzine. There hasn't been much inspiration or initiative to work on this blog. With jobs, family, travel and just plain other things to do. United By Rocket Science has moved from the forefront to the back burner. The decision to delete our Facebook page earlier this year was mine alone and one I personally felt was a long time coming. Over time, maintaining it became a frustrating time suckage that was as frustrating as it was disappointing.

In conversations as recent as today with friend and co-creator Dave G. It seems that his time with the blog has come to a respectful end. And while I leave the door open to any future inclusion on his part. I honesty doubt there will be.  Expecting otherwise on my part would be both unrealistic and selfish. 

In December I will be heading to Japan to spend time with my extended family and hopefully have the opportunity to mentally detox. (No news, TV, Social Media, Distractions) My hope is that, when I return I will be able to make a decision on whether or not to move forward with U.B.R.S on my own. Until then, I'm not really sure I can or even want to. Until then, thanks to the many people who contributed over the years and those who supported us be reading, following, spreading the word and providing us with material to review. It's been a fun four years. James Damion

Be sure to stop in to check out a little side project I've got going called Document. With it's many features and simple layout Document is in many ways a tribute to the print fanzines many of us older kids grew up with. There are interviews, reviews, photography and lots of fun features.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Night Out with The Nolan Gate

While the future of United By Rocket Science may be in question, there are times when I feel it necessary to post material relative to Dave and my exchanges and experiences.
This past Saturday was just such an occassion when our friends The Nolan Gate played a rare show at Warwick, NY's Tuscan Cafe. The long running Nolan Gate which features old friends
Tom Farkas - Bass, Growls, Paul Andres - Guitar, Vocals and Dave's brother
Darin  - Drums have quietly been making deafening noise for decades under their current moniker and their original namesake Mothman.

The Tuscan Cafe quickly began to swell as my wife and I finished our respective burritos. As the band assembled I found myself surrounded by friends, family, loved ones and complete strangers. Before the night was over. I was most happy to hear how my wife, 
(A woman I originally found common ground with through our mutual love for Slayer, Motorhead and other Gods of noise.) remarked on just how good it was to see our friends gathered at The Nolan Gate .Separately, Tom, Paul and Darin are some of the best musicians I've lent my heavily damaged ears too. Together, they form on of the best trios out there. Loud, Heavy and very, very necessary. Below is documented evidence of this rare occurrence. J.D.

Images from Kylesa's Visit to J.C.'s Monty Hall

A few weeks back I had the chance to catch personal favorites Kylesa in an intimate setting at Jersey City's Monty Hall. To see the show review you can go to Document Fanzine 
James Damion

Kylesa's Laura Pleasants

Phillip Cope of Kylesa
Savannah GA.'s Kylesa
Inter Arma's Mike Paparo
Richmond VA's Inter Arma
Ontario Canada's Indian Handcrafts