During Rocket & the Ghost‘s packed CMJ set at the Living Room in New York City last month, the Brooklyn band tore through their self-titled EP with frontman Kiyoshi Matsuyama stealing the show — thanks in no small part to his well-trained falsetto.
The band prides itself on making their live shows organic, forgoing overdubs and pre-recorded segments to keep things pure in the rock sense. With these guys, what you see is what you get and what you’re going to get is a rock show. They’re not interested in layers and layers of guitar when one will do just fine. They don’t need Auto-Tune or other vocal modifiers when Matsuyama can go from a whisper to a yell in a matter of seconds all on his own.
For their debut EP, the band also wanted to stay away from using any studio magic, recording it live to get that same energy they give off in their live show.