Interview: A Rocket to the Moon - On Your Side Tour - Page 2
Of course mom's were in tow, supposed to be keeping an eye on the lasses, though it did little good when they seemed more excited than the young girls did.
As I stood there shooting our interview I had no idea that there was a crowd growing behind me. I heard the occasional honks from the street and from time to time the guys I was talking to, Eric and Andrew, would get distracted and look over my shoulder while talking, but I almost threw my video camera in the air as I turned from our shoot to find the entire lawn behind us packed with girls.
They had crept up, unexpectedly quiet for their ages... and very serious, listening as we interviewed. I looked at the Rocket boys' tour bus about 20 feet away, then looked at the girls... then at the bus... then at the girls. Fat chance these guys would survive if they decided to make a run for it. But I could make it--if I decided to give in to self-preservation and leave them to the feeding frenzy that was surely coming. And that's exactly what I decided to do. Screw them, save yourself.
Sure, I could have become motherly and taken charge, had the girls line up for autographs and photos, but what fun is that? I stuffed my camera into my bag and sat for a couple of photos with the guys, but I was already checking for escape routes, had to find a cool spot to watch the carnage from what was about to become a very Beatles-esque moment.
Unfortunately the guys from A Rocket to the Moon are pros. Easy to forget that because they look so young, but they've obviously been dealing with this sort of thing a lot since joining the band. They immediately took control and began "handling" the crowd starting by throwing their arms up in the air as if to say, "Ah well ladies, you got us. We give." They sort of motioned the girls in a few at a time, talked to them a minute, snapped a photo or two, signed autographs, then onto the next group. Wow. I was as impressed with them as I am with preschool teachers, personally I would have been ready to start throwin' 'bows, which is probably why I'll never get hired as a preschool teacher.
I probably should have expected that Eric and Andrew would know how to handle the situation, in our interview just minutes before we had discussed their festival experiences. Andrew had been the last member to join A Rocket to the Moon, brought on board by the band's producer when they were going into the studio to record their first full length album, which titles their current tour, On Your Side. Formerly with The Receiving End Of Sirens he had plenty of touring and recording experience under his belt. Eric however, was the first bandmate of founding member Nick Santino who, finding himself a sudden internet music success had been thrown onto the festival tour circuit... with no band. It didn't take long for him to realize that this just wasn't working, he needed a band. And fast.Continued on the next page