Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on October 20, 2011

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Rocket from the Tombs - "I Sell Soul" (MP3)

RFTT

Cleveland proto-punks Rocket from the Tombs formed in 1974, and without ever having released a record or playing more than a few shows, they broke up in 1975. Members went on to form the art punk wizards Pere Ubu and the young, loud, and snotty punks Dead Boys. Both groups appropriated some of RFTT's tracks for their own albums, including the Dead Boys classic, "Sonic Reducer." In 2002, the compilation The Day the Earth Met Rocket from the Tombs was released, featuring rehearsal demos and live recordings. In the wake of the album's success, the band reformed with original vocalist David Thomas, guitarist Cheetah Chrome, and bassist Craig Bell. They were also joined by Pere Ubu drummer Steve Mehlman and Television guitarist Richard Lloyd to replace their original guitarist Peter Laughner, who unfortunately passed away in 1977. In 2004, the band officially went into the studio for the first time to record twelve of the original tracks that appeared on the 2002 compilation. This past September, they released their first album of newly written material, Barfly. The album feels a little focused more on the artier sounds Pere Ubu experimented with than the boogie rock direction Dead Boys went in. Check out the oddly catchy "I Sell Soul," which you can download above, and if you like what you hear, the album is available at RFTT's website. Artwork and tracklist below.

Rocket from the Tombs are going on tour in support of the album this fall. That tour hasn't been announced in full yet but we know that it hits the NYC-area on December 12 at The Bell House and December 13 at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ. Tickets are on sale now for both shows (at the links). There's also a couple of other shows announced.

All dates, artwork and tracklist below...

Barfly

Tracklist:
1 I Sell Soul
2 Birth Day
3 Anna
4 Butcherhouse 4
5 Romeo & Juliet
6 Sister Love Train
7 Love Train Express
8 Good Times Never Roll
9 Six And Two
10 Maelstrom
11 Pretty

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Rocket from the Tombs -- 2011 Tour Dates
12/7 The Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
12/9 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
12/12 The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
12/13 Maxwell's Hoboken, NJ

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Comments (26)

Rumblings about a Rocket from the crypt reunion as well , which is a lot more exciting....

Posted by blag | October 21, 2011 12:09 AM

Rumblings about a Tales from the Crypt reunion as well, which is a lot more exciting...

Posted by Anormonast | October 21, 2011 12:16 AM

Rumblings about a Cryptkicker reunion as well, which is a lot more exciting...

Posted by Gorpus | October 21, 2011 12:17 AM

holy fuck
somebody *boot*leg* this shit

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 12:56 AM

Cant wait for this. And Pere Ubu are quite the pioneers in music.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 2:52 AM

I'm looking forward to it! Pere Ubu always means a good tune!

Posted by Donald | October 21, 2011 6:07 AM

My band from 1974 that never released an album and broke up within a year are getting back together soon too. Should be epic. Visit out Kickstart page for more info and your chance to help contribute toward our comeback.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 7:32 AM

My band from 1974 that never released an album and broke up within a year are getting back together soon too. Should be epic. Visit out Kickstart page for more info and your chance to help contribute toward our comeback.
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Rocket from the Tombs were fucking epic... maybe two years ago this thread would receive nothing but superlatives but now the average BV commenter thinks Neon Indian are timeless and think Soundgarden invented rock music..

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 8:06 AM

Wait. Soundgarden didn't invent rock music?

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 8:23 AM

We were fucking epic too, 8:06. You weren't there, and neither were you in Cleveland in 1974 so stop spouting off like an insane person. Deep breaths, in, out ...

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 8:30 AM

Saw these guys at Maxwells their last go around, probably about 5-6 years back. It was absolutely outstanding, I can't say enough about how awesome they were. Kick the shit out of any flavor of the week band on this blog.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 8:39 AM

Rumblings about a Kicking And Screaming (Will Ferrell version) reunion as well, which is a lot more exciting...

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 9:14 AM

"Rumblings about a Rocket from the crypt reunion as well, which is a lot more exciting...."

Fuck no.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 9:22 AM

"Rumblings about a Rocket from the crypt reunion as well , which is a lot more exciting...."

They only did a one-off performance for Yo Gabba Gabba.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 9:28 AM

rocket from the crypt?

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 11:37 AM

^ They did that goofy ass song "On A Rope" sometime in the mid-late 90's.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 12:57 PM

rocket from the tombs at maxwells in 03 were fucking aces...richard lloyd is amazing on guitar.

rocket from the crypt were the greatest live band from 1993 to 2005. i would kill neon indian to see them play again.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 1:11 PM

Saw the RFTT show at Southpaw. Not spectacular, but still pretty good.

Final RFTC show in NYC was amazing. One of the best live bands ever. Speedo has the best stage banter.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 1:18 PM

"Saw these guys at Maxwells their last go around, probably about 5-6 years back. It was absolutely outstanding"

I second this.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 2:21 PM

Well, considering that a NYC date is coming up, I wouldn't say that was the final show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 2:52 PM

Rumblings about a Rocket from the crypt reunion as well , which is a lot more exciting...."

They only did a one-off performance for Yo Gabba Gabba.

Drummer Atom saying there is talk of a reunion tour.......

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 6:18 PM

I saw them on the last tour several years back-they were fucking amazing! Richard Lloyd killed it on stage-that guy is not human the way he plays! I can't wait to see them again, one of the best shows I've ever seen! I'm going to both the Brooklyn & Maxwells show.

Posted by James Ryan | October 22, 2011 12:08 PM

Anyone catch one of their shows this week? Going tomorrow to see RFTT in Pittsburgh...

Posted by Sean | December 9, 2011 2:30 PM

RFTT still rocks like nobody...

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 2:05 AM

Yeah they certainly can rock!

...I just wish they'd have let people know Lloyd wasn't going to be on the tour. But hey, it was still fantastic.

Posted by Sean | December 15, 2011 8:07 PM

it's a great album too if anyone is wondering.

Posted by jordon | August 12, 2013 8:26 PM

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