Deriving their name from the American-born rocket propulsion engineer, chemist and occultist Jack Parsons, the Atlanta, GA-based quintet Parsons Rocket Project can trace their origins back to 2015 when Jody Hasty (drums and lyrics) began collaborating with Paul Curry (bass), Jeff Holt (guitar), and multi-instrumentalist and producer Benjamin Price at Atlanta’s Studilaroche. K. Michelle Dubois (vocals) joined a bit later on. And since their formation, the band, which cites bands like Flying Saucer Attack, Tape Cuts Tape, Spacemen 3, Eluvium, Swervedriver, Aix Em Klemm, William Basinski and Clams Casino as influences have specialized in a sound that meshes elements of space rock, shoegaze, space rock, ambient electronica and indie rock — in what the band has dubbed dream-gaze. “We embraced the beautiful noise concept, but strayed from the classic shoegaze template that many bands adhere to. So there are some different feels and sounds to it . . .,” the band’s Paul Curry explains in press notes.
The band’s recently released self-titled EP represents a rather significant moment for the act, as members of the band had to overcome a variety of issues including drug abuse, a terrible car accident and the relatively mundane daily drama of domesticity and relationships, which roots their ambient and psychedelic explorations in two different paths — real, lived-in trauma, whether emotional and/or physical and celebrating the awareness of being a temporary, conscious being within a vast universe. Interestingly, the EP’s third and latest single “Solar Flare” reveals that the band routinely focuses on a towering wall of shimmering guitars and synths, a motorik-like groove and soaring hooks paired with dreamy and plaintive vocals singing introspective lyrics with an upbeat, overwhelmingly positive vibe.
Shot and edited by Steven Quinn, the recently released video features mountain hiking footage provided by Deep Water Surf and shuttle footage courtesy of Pexels and Creative Commons to crate a balance between natural terrestrial beauty and the otherworldly beauty of space. “I wanted to merge the look and feel of early 90s shoegaze imagery with crisp natural elements. The song was the absolute driving force of inspiration,” explains Steven Quinn.