“We’ve seen a lot more diversity in our fans than we’ve seen on some of the support tours we’ve done, and that’s incredibly exciting for us.”
The unique, multi-genred, creative sound that A Rocket To The Moon has put into this new album is nothing short of amazing, but especially because they have still managed to keep the original sound that has always existed with the band. With ending their first ever headlining tour with 7 SOLD OUT shows and the shows that were expected to sell out and did, it is beyond incredible to see a band get all the recognition that they were always meant to have. It’s as easy as posting a few of your songs on the internet these days, but talent is key. The feedback that Nick Santino first received when he posted a few of his songs for people to hear was unexpected and he admits that he never imagined A Rocket To The Moon getting this far. The decision to turn the one-man show into a full-out four-man show had an immediate liking to fans nationwide. After performing Bamboozle’ 08, they began performing as a full band and now found the sound that they have dreamt of for a really long time. Midwest’s finest had a few questions, and Andrew Cook of A Rocket To The Moon gave us all the answers we needed. Check out some of the questions we asked the band about their first ever headlining tour, the new music, and their favorite Midwest state to play. Click here to buy A Rocket To The Moon’s “On Your Side” album on iTunes today. Click here to view Midwest’s Finest photos from their Milwaukee stop on their tour.
What was it like entering the studio knowing that something incredible was going to be created, it being the first full-length debut album of A Rocket To The Moon as a whole, and did you ever have any concerns or paranoia of what the fans would think?
I wasn’t actually a part of the process, as I joined right after the album was finished, but I don’t think anyone went into the studio with that attitude. It was more like “well, let’s do the best we can and see what happens!” The guys didn’t have much time with which to work in the studio, and I think they did a great job with what they had.
You said that a lot of the time you guys would just find yourself making up stories and writing from another person’s point of view and that there are no limits to songwriting. When you wrote “Annabelle” and “Dakota,” was it immediately decided that one would represent the negative songs and the other would represent the love songs, or is the idea of both of them inspired by something more?
Well “Dakota” came first, and it was a positive song, I think we wanted to have a song that represented the other side of the coin.
I think it’s really great that you can carry a fanbase that has fans who appreciate all sorts of genres of music and could never just put you in one category because A Rocket To The Moon’s sound is definitely unique in it’s own way. Are you impressed with all the positive feedback you are receiving from the fans and the shows that are selling out rather quickly?
Yes, absolutely. We’ve seen a lot more diversity in our fans than we’ve seen on some of the support tours we’ve done, and that’s incredibly exciting for us. We are super appreciative of our fans, because we know we wouldn’t be anywhere without them.
Are you excited about the fellow bands you’ve chosen to tag a long on A Rocket To The Moon’s first-ever headling tour “On Your Side”? How did you choose the bands you chose?
Totally! We got a big submission list of bands from our agent, and ended up choosing from a great group. Not all of the bands were bands we knew, but a couple were, and we were stoked to reunite with them and play some shows. All the bands have been pulling their weight and putting on great shows, and on top of that, they’re all wonderful people, so we couldn’t ask for more.
The bands fanbase and music continues to grow nationwide, if this tour is as successful as you guys hope for it to be, do you plan on headlining a tour in other countries as well?
We would love to on our next record, yes. We want to play everywhere in the world we can possibly play.
What is your favorite Midwest state to play and why?
Wow, that’s tough! I think Illinois might take the cake, because our Chicago shows are always so great. Next to that, probably Iowa because of Iowa City . We always have a blast there.