RocketRocketShip: Interview with Dave Shears!

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RocketRocketShip is a powerpop/ pop rock band from St. Johns, Newfoundland. The band is made up of six talented musicians, each coming from different musical backgrounds.

Let’s take a moment to introduce the band members, Jon Pike on lead vocals, Paul Brake on guitar and lead vocals, Jeremy Kelly on drums, Kenney Purchase on Synth, Matt Dines on guitar and vocals, and Dave Shears on Bass and vocals.

“Your best kept secret” is their first full length album and I’m sure you will enjoy it, pick up your copy on iTunes or at one of their shows!  With songs such as “East Coast Calling” and “Where I want to be”, you will surely be hooked.

Dave was nice enough to agree to an interview with me for Canadian Beats blog.

First off, I’d like to know how you chose the name RocketRocketShip?

DS:  The name is actually derived from a ska punk band that Paul and I used to really be into called ASOB. They have a song called “RocketRocketRocketShip.” We basically wanted to follow a similar model to the way we approached music, and just took a Rocket off and went with it.

You have opened for such bands as Marianas Trench & Ten Second Epic, what bands would you love to tour with in the future?

DS:  Personally, I’d love to tour with a band such as Simple Plan, or maybe Mayday Parade.

What is your favorite song to perform live from your album, “Your best kept secret”?

DS: I think my favorite to perform on that album as always been “This Time.” I really like how the bridge is a complete different feel from the rest of the song.

Who are your biggest musical influences?

DS: My biggest influences for starting/continuing to play music are by far Iron Maiden, Sum 41, and ASOB.  As for musical influences, I think you can draw that from absolutely anything.

If someone were to ask you what role Social Media has in the music industry, what would your short answer be?

DS: Short answer: social media is 95% of it.

Now I think we’ve covered the serious portion of the interview, let’s have some fun!

What is the first album you remember buying?

DS: I remember getting the Baha Men cd for Christmas one year with that song “Who Let the Dogs Out.” As for the first cd I actually purchased and what made me fall in love with music; All Killer no Filler – Sum 41.

Is there anyone you would like to collaborate with on a song at some point?

DS: Lights, or Christina Grimmie.

If you could only choose one song to listen to for the rest of your life, what song would you choose?

DS: It’s Your World Now – The Eagles

Do you have any tattoos? If so, what are they?

DS: Not a one, I’m terrified of needles.

What advice would you give someone who is trying to achieve their goals?

DS: Nothing comes without hard work and dedication.

NOW, it’s time for something that I have been doing on all of my interviews, THIS OR THAT, GO!

Coca Cola OR Pepsi?

DS:  Pepsi

Chocolate or Peanut Butter?

DS: Peanut Butter

Cats or Dogs?

DS: Dogs

Television or Movies?

DS: Hockey Night in Canada

Facebook or Twitter?

DS: Twitter

Batman or Superman?

DS: Batman

Morning or Night?

DS: Night

Unfortunately, we have come to the end of the interview, but I have one last question for you:

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

DS: Thank YOU!

-Jenna Melanson-  Canadian Beats

-Photo Credit goes to Daniel Sharpe-

I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started with Hedley. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.

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