It’s been six long years since we heard anything from the Rocket Scientists’ launch control and some 21 years since the first of four studio albums to date – ‘Earthbound’. The release on March 20 of their stellar EP ‘Supernatural Highways’ is a forerunner to a full album promised later this year.
The EP contains just two instrumental tracks; an epic 26min 20sec opus “Traveler on the Supernatural Highways” and a “hot-rodded” version of the John Barry composed movie theme to James Bond’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” – a mere 4min 17sec in length.
‘The Classic Rock Show’ asked founding member and keyboardist Erik Norlander (also of prog rock groups The Galactic Collective and Asia ft. John Payne) to explain the wait and to also take us through the EP’s journey.
Those familiar with the Rocket Scientists work over the years will delight in hearing that the two other founding members, guitarist Mark McCrite and NS/Stick player Don Schiff, return to the camp. Joining Erik, Mark and Don are a veritable ‘who’s-who’ of special guests that include a “welcome back” to the fold from drummer Gregg Bissonette, percussionist Greg Ellis and Lana Lane (vocal pads). Jon Pappenbrook (trumpet) and Eric Jorgensen (trombone) make a not insignificant contribution by playing on the ‘OHMSS’ track.
On listening to the EP, you certainly get the feeling that this group of hugely talented musicians have not only given their all in the studio, but have also had a lot of fun in doing so.
You can listen to the interview here.
Erik Norlander of the Rocket Scientists talks about their new EP 'Supernatural Highways' by Classicrockshow on Mixcloud
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