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Rocket Guy is the first single off of Carter Vail’s sophomore project, The Interstellar Tennis Championship. With its upbeat drum machine, dramatic string section, and Carter’s nostalgic lyrics, Rocket Guy sounds like the intersection of indie pop and the Wii Sports soundtrack.


I spent the summer like an atom bomb
Cutting wires from the inside out
And when I put myself together again
I’m going to move out of my parents house

Every summer it’s the same
And I know that I’m to blame

I’m going to build myself a rocket ship
Out of shoelaces and Elmer’s glue
And in the middle of a thunder storm
I’m going to roll it down the avenue
If you miss me while I’m taking off
I’m going to call you while I’m on the moon

If you never hear my name
If you never see my face
Tell me everything’s OK
Well I hope you’re doing fine
Well I hope you’re doing fine


from The Interstellar Tennis Championship, track released August 21, 2020
Bass by Reed Gaines
Drums by Garrett Fracol
Keys by Andre Bernier
Vocals & Guitar by Carter Vail
Written, Produced & Mixed by Carter Vail


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Performer and producer from CT. Indie, acoustic, electronic music.

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