A Rocket To The Moon just dropped their debut album, On Your Side! We were excited to hear the new record, so the ARTTM boys -- lead singer and guitarist Nick Santino, guitarist Justin Richards, bassist Eric Halvorsen, and drummer Andrew Cook -- stopped by J-14's offices to talk to us about their fave songs, crazy fans, and their love for Taylor Swift!
J-14: Where did the name "A Rocket To The Moon" come from?
Nick Santino: I started it as a solo thing a couple of years ago, and when I thought of a name, I wasn't really thinking of anything crazy behind it. [The name] sort of popped in my head. I don't know if I read something and it jumped out at me -- tt was just something that I put down and it stuck.
J-14: What's your favorite track off your new album, On Your Side?
Nick: Mine would be "Like We Used To." It has a slower melody and is kind of a break up song, but it has a happy ending. I think it's a cute song.
Andrew Cook: My favorite is "On A Lonely Night." I love the vibe of the song. Every time I hear it, it's like listening to it for the first time. I really like how Caitlin's vocals kind of blend in to the song too, and it has a cool touch to it -- a sort of poppy country-ness to it. It makes me happy.
J-14: How did the "Annabelle" vs. "Dakota" storyline come about?
Nick: Annabelle is like a pain kind of girlfriend that's really annoying, and Dakota is like the cute love. So I guess it seems like the love songs can be written about this character Dakota and all the hate, mean songs can be about Annabelle.
Eric Halvorsen: Kind of like our song "Mr. Right" -- we've all gone through the good and the bad relationships.
J-14: Have you had any crazy fan encounters on the road?
Eric: There's some crazy fans for sure. One time we were in Florida on our friend's bus, just playing video games, and someone upfront yelled to us about some crazy girls outside. We're like, 'Okay, whatever.' Five minutes later we hear a thud. We look out the window, and there's this girl hanging off the bus -- she's hanging onto the window trying to look in. It was crazy. So we closed all the blinds!
J-14: What was it like touring with Hey Monday and 3OH!3?
Nick: [Hey Monday's] Cassadee is a crazy, crazy little girl. She's a sweetheart but she's insane. She's just like one of the guys on tour. You don't even expect that she's a girl!
Justin Richards: 3OH!3 are some of the coolest, most down-to-earth dudes. You'd never think that they had the number one single.
Eric: They hung out with us every single day on their bus. We would eat their food.
Andrew: Real good food.
J-14: Do you guys have any celeb crushes right now?
Eric: Nick's celeb crush is Taylor Swift.
Justin: I'm pretty into Taylor too. I really like Kristen Stewart. And Rob Pattinson - he's a dreamboat.
A Rocket To The Moon is currently on tour with The Summer Set, Vita, and Ian Walsh. Their OP Presents: Boys Like Girls, Cobra Starship, A Rocket To The Moon, and VersaEmerge Tour starts November 1. Check out the dates after the jump!
OP Presents Tour Dates:
November 1 - Houston - Warehouse Live
November 3 - Nashville - Rocketown
November 5 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
November 6 - Jacksonville, FL - Bourbon Street Station
November 7 - Orlando - House of Blues
November 8 - Atlanta - The Tabernacle
November 10 - Charlotte, NC - Amos' Southend
November 11 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
November 12 - Louisville, KY - Expo Five
November 13 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
November 14 - Pontiac, MI - Clutch Cargo's
November 15 - Toronto - Kool Haus
November 18 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
November 20 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
November 21 - Philadelphia - Electric Factory
November 24 - New York City - Nokia Theater in Times Square
November 27 & 28 - Foxboro, MA - Showcase Live