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Sad Rockets is Andrew Pekler, a 20 something, Uzbekistan-born, Californian- raised and Heidelberg-residing multi-instrumentalist. His first 2 albums of Sad Rockets instrumental music, available on the Morbid and Source labels, are a whirlwind trip through Andrew’s bedroom studio, a place where soundtracky noir styles, sideways R&B, appropriate nods to jazz, soul, punk, beats lost & found, suave romantic moments, high comedy (in low places) and way too much style somehow all fit onto 4 tracks. None of that laptop/desktop shit either, this is all for real, recorded by a real guy with real instruments in a real way. OK, he used electricity. And these words were composed on a computer.

In short, with 4 tracks and no moolah, Sad Rockets creates more atmosphere and genuine drama than the new David Holmes album and Larry Holmes’ right hand combined. And don’t get me started on Rupert Holmes. His records are thrilling, funny and they work equally well at lease-wrecking volume or at a level commensurate with other activities (preparing sturgeon, exploratory surgery, purchasing a planetarium, etc.). That’s Sad Rockets, not Rupert Holmes.

In addition to his Sad Rockets career, Andrew is a member of Bergheim 34, a “post-everything” electronic group, millions of miles removed from Sad Rockets. Even further, Andrew is also the vocalist for the very amazing & dangerous Mucus 2, a group who most assuredly put the ampersand in rock & roll.


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