Earlier this month, folk/pop rock band A Rocket To The Moon released a new EP, That Old Feeling, which features four tracks from their upcoming full-length record, Wild & Free, set to be released in early 2013. On October 17, the band (Nick Santino, Justin Richards, Eric Halvorsen, and Andrew Cook) headed out on tour in support of their new music, kicking off the festivities in Nashville, Tennessee, where it worked on its new material. I had an opportunity to talk with the band’s lead vocalist, Nick Santino, about their first show out, the shift in musical direction on Wild & Free, and their brand new music video for their single, “Whole Lotta You.”
You guys kicked off your tour last night. How did everything go?
It was good. It was natural, so it was a perfect first day of tour in a place where we all love being. We had a lot of people [from the] label coming out, everybody who recorded Wild & Free came out, you know, everyone from the studio. We had a lot of friends and close work associates there, so it was a good time.
Since it was the first show of the tour, what was kind of the mix of emotions you guys were feeling? Like, more nervous or more excited?
I think, for me, it’s a little bit of nerves. Not really knowing if people are actually going to come and hoping that nothing goes wrong onstage, whether something comes unplugged, or something stops working, or we forget something. I think every show, though, you have those same concerns, but the first show is always the worst. But, luckily we escaped with very little problems last night. We had a good first show.
I know right now you’re only one night in, but how does this tour differ from other tours you’ve been on?
This one’s like a smaller one, you know, it’s our second headlining tour. It’s short, so we’re not gone for that long, but we got to bring out a couple close friends of ours as opening acts, which is cool, Austin Gibbs and a band called Bonaventure. That’s something that we’ve never really gotten to do in the past, bring out just some friends that we wanted to play music [with] together. Usually it doesn’t work out that way, so we’re very fortunate that it did. We got exactly who we wanted to bring out, and that’s always a good thing.
Speaking of your supporting acts; how did you meet Austin Gibbs and Bonaventure, and what made them the right fit for this tour?