Seeing Fueled by Ramen on the spine of a CD gives you an idea of what the music inside sounds like. You can expect sunny, anthemic emo pop with lots of catchy hooks and emotional vocals, almost always sung by young guys with girl troubles. A Rocket to the Moon hews to the FBR template very closely on their debut record, 2009's On Your Side. The choruses are easy to sing with, the guitars are loud but never loose (with lots of acoustic strumming layered in), the vocals are angst-fueled but never whiny or gruff, and the overall sound is punchy while still retaining a softness that will draw in people who like the emo-to-pop ratio skewed to the latter half of the equation. Nick Santino's songs are half "the girl done me wrong" laments, half "I miss the girl so much" weepers, sung with convincing passion and vulnerability. Most of them sound tailor-made for radio, too. It's easy to imagine "Annabelle" blasting from the open summer windows of a car filled with teenagers, "Like We Used To" playing softly in a broken-hearted lover's bedroom late at night, or "Baby Blues Eyes" soundtracking a teary-eyed late-night drive. It's also easy to imagine a few of the songs being pop hits in the 1970s, if stripped of their modern sound. "Where Did You Go?" isn't too far from a Rick Springfield track; the blend of new wavey snap and mainstream sap is almost perfect. The record is only hampered by the sometimes clichéd lyrics, but there aren't enough offenders to make things a slog to get through. In fact, On Your Side goes down very smoothly and is generic in a good way, in that it satisfies all the requirements of a successful emo pop album.
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Performance CreditsRocket to the Moon Primary Artist
Justin Richards Guitar,Group Member
Johnny Minardi Handwriting
Loren Brinton Drums
Nick Santino Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Eric Halvorsen Bass
Caitlin Harnett Vocals
Brandon Ivronski Vocals
Andrew Cook Drums,Group Member
Technical CreditsMatt Squire Composer,Producer
Sam Hollander Composer
Travis Huff Producer,Engineer
Justin Richards Art Conception
Dave Katz Composer
Carolyn Tracey Package Production
Kristie Borgmann Art Manager
Rocket to the Moon Composer,Producer
Nick Santino Art Conception
Zoe Malay Composer
Dan Young Composer,Lyricist
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
On Your Side based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
I love love love love love this CD. The music on it ranges from soft calming music to more pop-ish songs that you can easily dance to, to songs that you just want to share with that special someone, to super emotional songs that just make you want to cry. Listening to their CD is like being on a roller coster of emotions. Its one of those roller costers though that no matter how many times you ride it or how long the line or wait is you just have to keep riding again and again. its just that good!!! A Rocket To The Moon has got to be one of the best bands ever.
Okay-ish CD. So why 2 stars? I felt that this album was too generic. Every single song was a direct statement about a girl. Not that T don't like love songs, but it got really annoying. Also, A Rocket to the Moon evolved into an even more powerpop sound, and I think that there's already too much of that out there. There are a couple songs that I love, but some others just leave me saying to myself, "Why the hell did I buy this again...?" For those of you who miss songs by them like "Fear of Flying," it might not be worthwhile to buy this whole album. For those of you who are really into powerpop, you'll probably like it. Just saying.