A Rocket To The Moon Talk "That Old Feeling" and More
Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:46:31
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A Rocket to the Moon capture all kinds of emotions on their new EP, That Old Feeling.
Over the course of four songs, the Boston quartet manage to tell a host of engaging love stories that you won't soon forget. It's so good you won't be able to wait for their next full-length, Wild & Free…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, A Rocket To The Moon singer Nick Santino talks That Old Feeling and so much more.
Did you approach That Old Feeling with one vision or vibe in mind?
Well, the four songs on the EP are also on the full-length, Wild & Free, that we're putting out in January. We picked the four songs we thought would best describe the full-length as a whole. We had a little bit of the rocker songs. "Going Out" has a country rock vibe to it. Then, "First Kiss" has that pop country style a la Taylor Swift. We wanted to put four songs together that showed what the whole album would sound like.
Was incorporating new styles part of your mindset while recording?
Yeah, it definitely was. We always like to try to be ahead of the curve and do something different every once in a while. We don't want to pin ourselves to a certain genre. When people ask what we sound like, it's hard to answer the question even though it should be a one-word answer. We're always changing and playing what we feel, which is cool about our band. I don't know if it's us musically or if we're simply really A.D.D. when it comes to writing. We're like, "Oh, let's write this kind of song" or "Oh, let's write that kind of song". Somehow, we make them work.
What's the story behind "You're My Song"?
We were writing down in Nashville and knocking around some different ideas. I remember singing this chorus melody. I couldn't think of any words, but "Sweet Home Alabama" kept jumping in my head for some reason. When we write songs, we always have the melody. We'll throw random words out there to fill in the blanks. I kept singing, "Sweet home Alabama", and I thought, "How can we put that in a song?" We decided to put a bunch of other song titles in there to. We're writing about a person who makes you feel the same way you felt when you heard a certain song. We wanted to get that emotion and tie it in with music. It's unique and clever. I love that song. Lyrically, it's a love song, but it's hidden in a bunch of song titles that build a love song. The ones we landed on are pretty good. The first lyrics are "I grew up on The Beatles and you were raised on The Rolling Stones". That shows we listen to everything. There's a Lynyrd Skynyrd reference and a Tom Petty reference. It's a little bit of everything. We wanted to give people a joyride showing what we're into. Instead of writing a song that sounds like Tom Petty, we say we listen to him. Live, the dads in the crowd come up to us after and go, "Dude, sick Bruce Springsteen reference!"
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
When we write songs, that's the main thing. You'll hear it on the whole album. "First Kiss" is a perfect example of that. Justin [Richards] and I actually wrote that in my bedroom. It's the first song we wrote for this full-length. We like to write songs anybody can relate to. As cliché and corny as it sounds, everybody has had a first kiss for the most part. We wanted to paint that scene of getting into the "First Kiss", introducing yourself to the girl, meeting her father, and then going out on your date and having that first kiss. Later on in life, you're still together. We wanted to capture that Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember vibe. We have a lot of girl fans, and they relate to that. They can tweet the lyrics [Laughs].
What fosters that storytelling?
Honestly, it comes from a lot of music. Justin and I listen to country a lot. It's all about the songwriting and storytelling. When my dad thinks about country, it's about "getting drunk and shooting stuff", but there's way more to country than hunting in the backwoods and drinking beer. Good love songs and country songs paint a picture so you can see the song if you close your eyes.
If you were to compare your album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
I'd say anything Nicholas Sparks put out. I think people attach themselves to love songs. The Notebook and A Walk to Remember are chick flicks, but people love them because they hit home. When we were writing in the studio, we had Apple TV on a big 60-inch TV above the studio. We'd throw on random movie trailers for The Notebook on mute and play our songs. If it fit, it was perfect [Laughs].
What have you been listening to?
I've been listening to this new wave of folk pop like The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, and Ed Sheeran. There's this chick named Nina Nesbitt from Scotland who's so incredible! She's like the female version of Ed Sheeran. Then, I'm listening to Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, The Wood Brothers, and Nickelcreek. I go through waves. One week it will be all Katy Perry and Justin Bieber. The next week it will be all The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons.
Listen to the EP below by streaming it on Soundcloud!
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