Wild & Free

Wild & Free

by A Rocket to the Moon



Emo-rock ensemble A Rocket to the Moon expand upon the anthemic sound of their 2009 debut, On Your Side, with 2013's country-influenced Wild & Free. While A Rocket to the Moon certainly flirted with an acoustic country vibe in the past, they primarily played a kind of electric guitar-driven pop that combined the hooky quality of '70s-'80s power pop with the yearning emotionality typical of their Fueled by Ramen labelmates like Paramore and Fun. While that big-chorus craftsmanship is still fully intact on Wild & Free, it's balanced out with a twangy, front-porch sweetness centered around singer/songwriter Nick Santino's bright, pleasant croon, making things a bit more Keith Urban than Rick Springfield. Certainly, one wouldn't call this new approach particularly innovative. Admittedly, cuts like "First Kiss" and "Wherever You Go," with their pristinely produced mix of electric and acoustic instruments and hummable, romantic lyrics, certainly wouldn't sound out of place on contemporary country radio. That said, the band's mix of punk-pop and modern country does stand out. Tracks like the lilting and romantic "If I'm Gonna Fall in Love" and "Going Out" are expressive, infectious songs that stick in your head. Ultimately, A Rocket to the Moon's new country sound on Wild & Free is an immediately likable one, and in the band's own low-key way, shows a fresh new approach for the band's musical direction.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/26/2013
Label: Fueled By Ramen
UPC: 0075678766725
catalogNumber: 530448

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rocket to the Moon   Primary Artist
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Justin Richards   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Nick Santino   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Stephen Barker Liles   Vocals
Eric Halvorsen   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Charlie Judge   Synthesizer,farfisa organ,Hammond B3
Mike Johnson   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Liz Huett   Vocals
Josh Jenkins   Vocals
Andrew Cook   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Robert Ellis Orrall   Composer
Kevin Griffin   Composer
Mike Marquis   Booking
Mark Bright   Producer,Engineer
Greg Latterman   Management
Bobby Huff   Composer
Matt Galle   Booking
Todd Tidwell   Engineer
Jason Reeves   Composer
Danny Orton   Composer
Josh Terry   Management
Rocket to the Moon   Composer
Nick Santino   Art Direction
Stephen Barker Liles   Composer
J.T. Harding   Composer
Josh Jenkins   Composer
Rob Gold   Art Manager
Scarecrowoven   Art Direction
Jenn Schott   Composer

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Wild & Free 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have liked may songs from this band in the past but this particular record blew me away from start to finish. There is not a song that I would skip on this CD!!! While these are not the up tempo tunes (in all) that I have come to expect from this band this album still managed to carry their high energy presence. Couple that with what I took as a very personal album and this could not be any better. I would go out of my way to recommend this album to anyone and everyone.