A Rocket To The Moon’s fall tour with Bonaventure and Austin Gibbs has kicked off, and we’re stoked to be doing a Playlist with two of the bands on the tour. Check out ARTTM’s “Whole Lotta You” music video here, the tour routing here, and the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
Passion Pit - Carried Away
I can’t get enough of this song. I actually can’t get enough of this entire record. It has one of my favorite choruses I’ve heard in ages, as well as some excellent synth bass in the verses. The way the verses transform in their respective second halves gets me every time. Something about this song just makes me happy, and you can’t say enough about a song that has the ability to do that.
Wild Cub - Thunder Clatter
I was recently turned on to this band, and have been spinning their record “Youth” several times a week. This song was the first one that jumped out at me. The vocal melodies are reminiscent of TV on the Radio, whom I love. I love the texture of the vocals, and the way the song builds at a consistent pace. Then the part that really wins you over is at 3:43 when the bass and drums have dropped out and the vocal hook “I hear it call, in the center of it all, you’re the love of my life” begins repeating. That part gets me every time.
How to Dress Well - & It Was U
This is the project of Tom Krell, a talented producer and songwriter. I love this dude because he’s got soul. His melodies hark back to the glory days of 90s R&B. Speaking of R&B, that brings me to my next selection…
Frank Ocean - Thinkin Bout You
This record caused quite the stir upon its release. Frank is a true talent with an incredible voice who’s not afraid to be himself, and I back him for that. This song is one of the most smooth and sultry jams of the year. I also love the subtle George Strait reference, whether intentional or not. Every time I hear him sing “I got a beach house I can sell you in Idaho since you think I don’t love you…” I think of George Strait singing, “And I don’t love you? Now if you’ll buy that, I’ve got some ocean front property in Arizona…” I guess I’ll have to ask Frank if I ever meet him if it was intentional.
The Damnwells - Accidental Man
My friend Rami recently turned me on to this band. Unfortunately I got into them after they’d broken up, but nonetheless, the album this song comes from features some classic songwriting and super memorable vocal melodies. This song gives me a bit of a 90s vibe, and reminds me of some classic bands like Gin Blossoms and The Promise Ring. Check out the record “Air Stereo,” you won’t be disappointed.
Stone Temple Pilots - Still Remains
Growing up, STP was one of my favorites, and they remain one to this day. I recently read Scott Weiland’s memoir, and it sent me on an STP kick where I listened to them every day for about two months straight. This song is one of my favorites because of the lyrics. He has a lot of “out there” lyrics in the catalog, but this song speaks volumes about the depths of love and the extent to which one would go for someone they really loved. Perhaps the most poignant line that points to that idea is “If you should die before me, ask if you can bring a friend.” Maybe a bit heavy or morbid, but romantic nonetheless.
LP - Wasted Love
This song reminds me of my favorite things about Tegan & Sara, but LP is much more than that. The first time I heard her, it was live in a tiny speakeasy lounge in LA, and I was blown away by the power of her voice. The “Into the Wild” EP that hosts this song was recorded live, and is even more impressive given that fact. Her voice is near flawless, and her range is staggering. Not to mention, her songwriting is next-level. I highly recommend checking her out now so that a few years from now, when she’s headlining Bonnarroo and Coachella, you can brag to all your friends about how you’ve been listening to her for years.
Mariachi El Bronx - 48 Roses
I’ve always admired The Bronx’s commitment to what I perhaps unfairly assumed was a drunkenly-hatched plan to “start a mariachi band!” I can’t tell you how many different types of bands I’ve talked about starting with friends on tour over a few pints. The number is simply too staggering. To date, none of them have come to fruition. I always imagined that Mariachi El Bronx started in a similar way, but maybe not. I love everything The Bronx has done as a band, and still play “False Alarm” nearly every time I sit behind my drums. I admit it took me a while to give MEB a fair chance, but when I did, I realized just HOW good they were at what they were doing, and it hooked me. It’s hard enough to have one great band under your belt, but to create another, in a totally separate genre, is near impossible. Unless of course you’re Dave Grohl.
The xx - Angels
It took me a very long time to give this band an honest listen. Often when I’m told about a band so frequently, and told how much I will love them, I’m unable to develop a personal connection because I feel like it’s being forced on me. The moment that changed this for me was rather recent, and it was when I watched the xx play this song on Jools Holland. The song is so simple and repetitive, yet beautiful. It speaks to the feeling of knowing every little detail or secret about someone you love, and knowing things that no one else knows about them. One last thing about this song- listen to it through headphones, in a quiet place.
Abel - Fire Walk With Me
I discovered this band through Absolutepunk.net. This is a band I feel like I would’ve surely toured with in my past life in TREOS. These guys are an up and coming band that remind me a little bit of Envy on the Coast and Brand New. They boast some really great lyrics and melodies that are ripe with intensity. The singer of Abel could very well be the next incarnation of Jesse Lacey. Another element that made me include this song is the title, “Fire Walk with Me.” If you name a song after anything related to Twin Peaks, I’m going to listen to it. If, as in this case, the song is awesome, then you’ve hooked me as a fan. Looking forward to seeing what happens with these guys. - Andrew Cook
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