Interview: A Rocket to the Moon - On Your Side Tour - Page 3
Andrew and Eric also talked about the people they've learned the most from on the road, some of the ways in which the "idea" of being a touring band and the realities of life on the road differ. They also talked about their tattoos, what it's like being a "young" band on the tour circuit and individually, each of the four bands supporting them on On Your Side (Read the Concert Review), their first major headlining tour.
Although A Rocket to the Moon is still fairly fresh out of the gate, two E.P.s and one full length album, their infectious music and incredible stage performance are the two key factors that have allowed them to jump queue and headline a major national tour, and sell out most dates. When you consider the size of their actual recorded catalogue compared to their hit catalogue, hugely popular songs like "If Only They Knew," "Dakota," "Baby Blue Eyes," "Mr. Right," "Like We Used To" and one of my personal favorites, "Life of the Party," you begin to realize that A Rocket to the Moon isn't just another "flavor-of-the-month" alternative pop band. These are young, talented musicians whose passion for music defies even the genre label that strains to contain them.
Their latest release, The Rainy Day Sessions E.P., pushes at that fabric harder than ever, showcasing A Rocket to the Moons' ability to create and re-create music with such diversity that they have made even Beyonce's mega-hit "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)" an entirely different and unique song. This E.P. also sees some of their most popular songs re-born completely, "Like We Used To" has been given a country edge that has made it popular again with seasoned fans, and introduced the band to a whole other audience as well.
Another important factor in the A Rocket to the Moon equation is that they're signed to Fueled By Ramen, which is a cool label that doesn't shy from breaking the rules, allowing their artists creative license and supporting their efforts strongly. That refusal to leash or lasso artists is what has made their signed bands like Paramore and Panic! at the Disco so incredibly popular and it bodes well for the continued success of A Rocket to the Moon.
I was honored to have had the opportunity to review their incredible, energetic On Your Side tour and more so to have been given the opportunity to meet and talk with the guys in the band. If A Rocket to the Moon is playing near you I'd sincerely recommend checking them out. Definitely one of the most refreshingly fun concerts I've attended in a long time; these guys are having a blast and it is highly contagious. A kick-ass alt pop band playing kick-ass music--Finally! A band to restore my faith in pop culture. We'll be seeing, and hearing, a lot more of A Rocket to the Moon in the future, I'm sure.Continued on the next page