On Your Side is the newest album out by the alternative group calledÂ A Rocket to the Moon. This band is quite talented and are able to write some Â ”stuck in your head” Â lyrics that complement their upbeat melodies. Â From the first listen, I felt engaged in these catchy melodies that assured me that life would be good – no matter what. Â Many of the songs might sound similar to their first released single,Â Mr. Right, however it’s no mystery to see why fans loveÂ Mr. Right. It’s catchy melody is compelling and I think most people will truly relate to these songs. Most of the songs center around the universal subject of love, an obvious crowd-pleaser, however, every song has a specific message that never feels overdone or trite – either musically or emotionally.
I especially enjoyed the songÂ Annabelle, a moving song that Â confirms the feeling Â that this is a band of ‘real guys’Â - not superficial guys searching solely for good looks or a good time. Â The song portrays a rather sincere guy hoping to find a genuine girl. Â A Rocket to the Moon’s personality seems on display and resonates throughout their CD. Â The lyrics – lyrics which are jointly written by the band – reflect thought and emotion. Â In each song, I was drawn into and believed lead singer and guitarist Nick Santino’s emotion while he pours out his heart. I was impressed by his passion revealed by each of his heart-felt lyrics.
A Rocket to the Moon produces their own, very unique sound, which is not something many bands these days can claim. They are definitely not a band that has to rely on sound effects or gimmicks. Â Instead, ARTTM puts forth genuine talent, hard work, honest lyrics, enjoyable melodies – all backed up with deeply- felt passion. And, to add to the enjoyment of this new release, after having had the real pleasure of experiencing their live show in Chicago at the House of Blues, I can vouch for the fact that A Rocket to the Moon is aÂ band that backs up their record with a beautifully performed and rocked-out live show. Â I would highly suggest you give their new release a listen and by all means, catch them live if you can.
CONCERT REVIEW FOR A ROCKET TO THE MOON, MAYDAY PARADE, AND WE THE KINGS at the House of Blues, Chicago Feb.07 – by: Becca Kang
A Rocket to the Moon, an alternative band, wedged right in the middle of the concert lineup, delivered a great time of hype and rocking out at the House of Blues Chicago. Simply phenomenal, with catchy lyrics and beats, the entire crowd at theHouse of Blues was filled with smiling faces and dancing feet. Lead singer, Nick Santino wore a genuine smile upon his face as he sung his heart out and as his entire band never failed to rock out with the grateful crowd. Fans enjoyed the happiness that emanated from the music, tapping their feet, clapping their hands and roaring their approval . I couldn’t help but smile constantly. A Rocket to the Moon delivered the kind of show that gives any unfamiliar audience members a reason to go home and search ARTTM songs on the web and really give the songs a listen. They are obviously â€œthe band to know.â€
Next up, Mayday Parade stuck true to its rock out persona and had the entire house off their feet from the first note. The energy was incredible as Mayday Parade blasted song after song with barely a break in between. There was a continuous flow of rocking. Bassist Jeremy Lenzo and electric guitarist Brooks Betts continuously criss-crossed the stage, punctuated by leaping up onto their equipment to play wildly to the crowd. Lead singer, Alex Garcia, sung beyond the point of exhaustion. Even when it seemed as though he could not go another note longer, he shouted out his melodies and kept the eveningâ€™s energy sky-high. Exhaustion was just not an option; no one wanted to stop the party. Jumping and rocking out to Mayday Parade was incredibly exhausting — but of course, that’s what we spend our good money for!
Finally, Floridaâ€™s We the Kings blasted onstage and was obviously a real crowd favorite. Almost immediately, the crowd escalated excitedly from moshing to crowd surfing. Travis Clark, lead singer, made sure to connect and bond with the audience by telling stories about the songs before belting into them. He had the audience singing and vibrating with every song, especially the old favorites. The band delivered a great show for the audience from start to finish.
At one point, Clark told the story of the “gang sign” of We the Kings which conveyed a personal connection to everyone in the crowd. It was as if We the Kings’ personality was evident on stage in every move — which makes for a more interesting and compelling experience. Feeling like â€œold friendsâ€, we fans felt more in tune with the vibe of the band as they continued to rock out feverishly with us. Even the soulful, slower-tempo songs were sung with great emotion. Travis sings with complete honesty while his melodies were presented as if offering his heart on his sleeve to the crowd. The progression of the playlist was beautifully thought out and quite effective. As the show roared on, the crowd escalated into a frenzy and couldnâ€™t help but beg for more. By the last song, the pit was overcome with bouncers who peeled screaming and sweaty fans off the crowd’s hands before delivering them back to the floor. When Travis Clark leaned into the crowd singing, the crowd went in a crazed frenzy, hoping just for a touch of Clark’s signature long, red locks. Finally, the concert ended with a cry for more as absolutely no one wanted to leave.
Cobra Starship visits with the crew from THE ROCK STAR STORIES CHICAGO on their bus during the OP Tour at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago during October 09. Â We also get a look at their latest video, “Good Girls Gone Bad” while they talk to Lisa about “the price is right” and other interesting tour happenings.
Cobra Starship, As Tall as Lions and HelloGoodBye featured on the new THE ROCK STAR STORIES CHICAGO TV SHOW
See the newest episode of The Rock Star Stories Chicago TV show featuring COBRA STARSHIP, Â AS TALL AS LIONS and HELLOGOODBYE with interviews, the last music videos and a lot of behind the scenes footage: soundcheck and more. Â Catch it before it airs on Chicago cable TV during December! Â You get to see it first here on LoonaticTV!
THE ROCK STAR STORIES CHICAGO TV SHOW with COBRA STARSHIP, more.
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The Chicago crew meets up with Nick Santino from A Rocket to the Moon during the OP Tour at the Riviera Theatre.
Chicago’s own JANUS stopped for a visit with Ellen and Roy just before their Q101-fm live show at Pete Wentz’ ANGELS & KINGS Club in Chicago. Â Listen and watch their new video to their song, “EYESORE” from “RED RIGHT RETURN” and hear what they’re up for for the next year!
The 3rd Episode of the cable tv Show, “THE ROCK STAR STORIES CHICAGO” features: ALL TIME LOW, FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS, THE DEAR HUNTER and KISS KISS in this one-hour show created by Chicago media students.
(one minute of black followed by one hour show…)