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EDITORS’ NOTES

Braintree, Massachusetts emo pop quartet A Rocket to the Moon is the brainchild of frontman Nick Santino. Santino’s palatable voice is boyish and melodramatic but he can also croon with a defenseless timbre that’s more believable and honest sounding than many of his musical peers. If he sang slightly less emotively on the opening “Annabelle,” the tune would be a straight up power-pop number in the spirit of Weezer or Fountains Of Wayne. By the chorus of “Mr. Right” it’s evident that this guy can write a memorable song with honed hooks that grapple on barbs of confidence. Even the more overtly sappy moments like the upbeat ballad “On a Lonely Night” divert attention from the lyrics with tastefully chosen/played instruments and arrangements — a subtle slide guitar compliments the solos here and Australian singer/songwriter Caitlin Harnett’s hayseed harmonies are sweet on the ears. The romantic title track bookends the album with alluring piano notes that nicely contrast with more complicated vocal phrasing, ending on a tone that’s more dusky than sunny.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Braintree, Massachusetts emo pop quartet A Rocket to the Moon is the brainchild of frontman Nick Santino. Santino’s palatable voice is boyish and melodramatic but he can also croon with a defenseless timbre that’s more believable and honest sounding than many of his musical peers. If he sang slightly less emotively on the opening “Annabelle,” the tune would be a straight up power-pop number in the spirit of Weezer or Fountains Of Wayne. By the chorus of “Mr. Right” it’s evident that this guy can write a memorable song with honed hooks that grapple on barbs of confidence. Even the more overtly sappy moments like the upbeat ballad “On a Lonely Night” divert attention from the lyrics with tastefully chosen/played instruments and arrangements — a subtle slide guitar compliments the solos here and Australian singer/songwriter Caitlin Harnett’s hayseed harmonies are sweet on the ears. The romantic title track bookends the album with alluring piano notes that nicely contrast with more complicated vocal phrasing, ending on a tone that’s more dusky than sunny.

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About A Rocket to the Moon

Rooted in the tradition of late-'90s alternative rock and the pop-influenced sounds of emocore, A Rocket to the Moon were formed in 2006 in Braintree, Massachusetts. Essentially the brainchild of Nick Santino, the group started off as a solo project, with Santino handling all the instruments himself and functioning as a one-man band for two years. After releasing a pair of independent records, Santino signed with Fueled by Ramen and began touring with the label's roster of emo-pop bands; he also pieced together a proper lineup to help play the material in a concert setting. As a result, Rocket to the Moon morphed into a full-fledged group with multiple members, and the group made its official debut with On Your Side, which was released in October 2009. Four of the album's songs were later re-recorded in different arrangements for the Rainy Day Sessions EP, which featured the female country duo Larkin Poe on each track. In 2013, A Rocket to the Moon returned with the country-tinged Wild & Free. ~ Chris True

  • ORIGIN
    Braintree, MA
  • FORMED
    2006

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