Ray Rocket – Do You Wanna Go To Tijuana

Ray Rocket, it sounds slick and smooth like a greased up rockabilly in a lube pit adjusting his engine. Ray Rocket is the new moniker for Ray Carlisle from Teenage Bottle Rocket to fame his solo project. Acoustic guitar in one hand, heartfelt lyrics in the other, bringing it back to the bare essentials. From title track “Do You Wanna Go To Tijuana”, the listener gets treated to the melodic talent of Ray, transposing his pop punk to six strings and vocal chords, but not steering away from adventure the 11 tracks on this album incorporate sounds from handclaps to ukulele. And the perfect treat for a well-rounded album always is a cover, in this particular case it's “Pet Sematary” by The Ramones. Ray Rocket has surely blasted off.

– David Marote