Meet Briston Maroney: His ‘Bottle Rocket’ joined the Alt18 Countdown

Briston Maroney is on the Alt18 Countdown
Briston Maroney

Briston Maroney is a Knoxville, Tenn.-based singer songwriter whose song, “Bottle Rocket,” debuted on the Alt18 Countdown on June 5, 2021. He’s connected to Manchester Orchestra through Andy Hull, Robert McDowell and producer John Congleton.

The Lines of Best Fit profiled Maroney in March 2021. Here’s a quote from the profile by Tyler Damara Kelly: “I remember finding a Rage Against The Machine record next to The White Album. I picked out the Rage one and was like: this scares me! The White Album looked a lot more pleasant so I took that one, and I sat there and listened to both discs when I was 11. I think that literally shaped why things in the world confuse me.”

Here’s another profile in The Emory Wheel by China Dennington, and a feature on Ladygunn.

Maroney’s first break came through the American Idol audition process, gaining attention for his rendition of The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” He was one of the 30 semifinalists in 13th season but didn’t advance further.

Maroney bounced around the U.S. as a teenager, briefly entering rehab and then settling back in Knoxville with a commitment to music as a career.

Maroney had a hit in 2018 with “Freaking Out the Interstate,” which has topped 66 million plays on Spotify.

He currently as fall tour dates with Mt. Joy. Here’s the calendar: Briston Maroney 2021 Tour Dates

‘Bottle Rocket’

“Bottle Rocket,” off of Maroney’s “Sunflower” album, joined the Alt18 Countdown at No. 18. The same week Audacy made it their “Alternative Pick of the Week.”

The personal lyrics seem to be about Maroney realizing he could take control of his life. From the chorus:

“Come to find I’m the one that will decide my life/
It just takes a little time/
It’s a bottle rocket”

Briston Maroney, “Bottle Rocket”

Full lyrics on Genius here.

Manchester Orchestra lead singer Hull and lead guitarist McDowell get writing credits on the song. Of course, they’re also on Alt18 No. 1 song “Bed Head.” Congleton, who has produced Manchester Orchestra and many, many other major acts, produced the song.

Official video directed by Joey Brodnax:

Song credits:

Performed by Briston Maroney

Written by: Briston Maroney, John Andrew Hull, Robert McDowell

Produced by: John Congleton

Released by: Canvasback Records and Atlantic

Official website:

Twitter: @BristonMaroney

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