A Rocket To The Moon were one of my favorite bands back when I would only listen to bands with straightened haircuts. Fortunately, I grew out of that phase. Ironically, A Rocket To The Moon never really fit in with the rest of those bands I was listening to. Whilst I was obsessed with All Time Low & Every Avenue who had very "pop-punkey" elements, ARTTM (yes, I'm abbreviating it now) made what I'd call acoustic rock with plenty of pop sensibilities. Looking back at it now, I'm really surprised that my ego let them onto my iPod. That meant they had to be special. And I'd still identify their debut album "On Your Side" as one of my favorite album's of all time.
So, the important question is raised; Is their new EP, which has plenty of Country & Rock & Roll as good or better than their debut album? Well, you'll just have to read on to find out!
Alright. Now I'll get straight to the point. This EP is wonderful. Spectacular. Other words that mean the same thing. You get the point. It's been 2 years in the making, and in all honesty I had forgotten about the band. But I'm bloody glad that I noticed this EP.
The opening track also happens to be the lead single "Whole Lotta You". Featuring a great chorus over a simple yet memorable acoustic riff. The track is a simple little love song about "getting loose" with lovely metaphors such as "ain't got a lot of money, but you're a dime". Lovely. The bridge towards the end steals the show for me personally though. "Nobody wanna be alone, alone tonight, so come on baby, take me home, home tonight" is so simple, but so effective. I guarantee after a few listens you'll have it stuck in your head!
The following track "Going Out" has a sentiment that's pretty self explanatory. It's probably the most country track on the album with Nick Santino's songwriting really shining through. It's simple story telling, but, it works. This track remind's me the most of their debut album on the EP. Also, the fact that the character in the song is called "Johnny" is a bit generic don't we think Nick? Well, it's a good job the song is so damn catchy isn't it? We'll let you off this time!
Third up we have "First Kiss" another great example of Santino's storytelling, this time through a rather slow ballad. Very reminiscent of the lead single off their last album "Like We Used To" in my opinion. Still, there's a catchy pop sensibility about the verses & it will probably land a spot on my "relaxing" playlist*.
Finally, we have "You're My Song", my favourite song off of the EP, & possibly my favourite song by ARTTM of all time. This has everything that I loved about the old ARTTM mixed with country sensibilities & again a massive improvement in the songwriting department. The song is basically a metaphor for Santino's girlfriend, that she is his "song" & his "sweet home alabama" & how he can "sing her all night long". Plenty of pop culture references, yes, but they're very self-aware with a slow but steady build up to an absolutely brilliant chorus. Never did I think that UB40 & Lynryd Skynard song titles could be used as pick-up lines, but, it looks like they can. See, you learn something new everyday.
Anyways, as you may have gathered; I'm really impressed with this EP. It shows the band's growth over the past few years, whilst incorporating new sounds & showing that they haven't forgot about their roots. I doubt they'll get much chart attention, which is a shame. But, if you're a fan, you'll love the EP. If you'd never heard of them, I can't reccomend this EP anymore. In fact, if I was to introduce someone to ARTTM I would use "You're My Song". Also, now by law pick-up lines all have to be song-titles. Okay? Sorted? Good.
The EP can be bought from iTunes now.
*Disclaimer - I don't actually have a "relaxing" playlist. However, if I did, "First Kiss" would definitely be on there. Along with other bor... I mean, uh, slow songs. Okay?