Joseph Janisse - lead vocals, drums
Ray Zilli - guitar, vocals
David Markham - bass, vocals
The first thing that hits you when confronted with Toronto-based trio Rocketface is the jaw-dropping voice of Joseph Janisse. Soaring, searing, occasionally snarling, and rife with emotion, Janisse sounds like a choirboy with bad habits and heavy issues.
Janisse’s voice is merely part of the equation. Janisse is also Rocketface's drummer. That's him, on his riser, in the middle of the stage at the gig. Alongside guitarist Ray Zilli and rhythmic co-conspirator, bassist David Markham, Janisse gives Rocketface something most bands would kill for: a unique angle on top of inventive songwriting and awesome musicianship.
Not surprisingly, Rocketface's atmospheric, multi-hued sound intrigued noted producer Matt Dematteo, who’s worked with Danko Jones, Hawksley Workman and more recently, Mobile.
Serious sonic depth is evident in their self-titled Bumstead debut on songs like Hats Off, Pack of Lies and Dirty, the latter, a crunching high-energy Top 15 Canadian Rock radio single! Dirty has quickly captured the attention of a growing audience at Canadian radio (including digital and satellite) as well as music television (MuchMusic and MuchLOUD).
This new-found awareness is just the kind of attention Rocketface demands as they hit the road on a National tour with Wind Up recording artists Seether this coming May 2006. Having recently completed a national tour with label mates, The Trews, Rocketface are heading back across Canada in support of their self titled debut Bumstead release.
In addition, Rocketface also plan to perform in as many cities as possible as they make their way back East at the end of the Seether tour, The band could not be happier about packing up the van and connecting with their fans once again.
Plans are also in the works to shoot a video for the new single, Hats Off, which will also be serviced to Canadian Rock Radio to coincide with the Seether dates.
In addition to their upcoming national tour, the band has also found the time to play shows in and around Ontario and Quebec with CMon, Grady, Danko Jones, The Illuminati, Diamond Nights and The Psychedelic Furs to name a few.
The three members of Rocketface have written and played together since their high school days in Windsor, Ontario, where the menacing power of Motor City Rock and Motown Soul seems to permeate the ether.
What keeps the fire raging in the belly of Rocketface is the belief that they have something exceptional to say and an exceptional way of saying it.