A Rocket To The Moon is currently launched in the midst of the Take Action Tour, with a stop in Los Angeles at the House Of Blues on February 21st. On tour forever in support of their amazing new album On Your Side, Nick Santino (vocals, guitar), Justin Richards (guitar), Eric Halvorsen (bass guitar), and former The Receiving End Of Siren’s member Andrew Cook (drums) will be travelling a lot of miles when all is said and done. We had a chance to catch up with drummer Andrew Cook prior to their appearance here in the City Of Angels – here is a report from the road…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in A Rocket To The Moon, and how you became involved with the band.
Andrew Cook, I play drums. I joined the band because of our mutual friend and producer Matt Squire who produced my old band’s albums. He put me in touch with Nick, we hit it off, and now here I am.
How has the Take Action tour been going and what have been some of the highlights?
This tour has been a blast. Probably the most fun I’ve had on a tour overall. We’ve been spending a lot of time hanging out with Mayday Parade and There For Tomorrow, and I’ve also been getting my butt kicked by We The Kings in Fifa. The shows have all been great as well, and fans have been really supportive of the new songs we’ve been playing.
How has some of the weather been on Take Action and isn’t it kind of scary to be traveling in all that snow? Did you encounter any of the crazy snowstorms on the East Coast?
Yes we did, we had two shows in three days get cancelled, including Philly, which is one of my favorite cities to play. I was bummed! Luckily, everyone made it through the weather safely and now we’re in sunny Arizona!
Were you on Warped Tour last year, and if so, what are some of the best and worst parts of being on that particular tour?
Yes we were. The best part is how many friends you make. It’s like punk rock summer camp. The worst part is how infrequently you shower, especially when you get so sweaty and dirty every day.
What does the title of the CD On Your Side and the concept of the CD mean to you?
To me, it means a sincere expression of love. There are a lot of trite ways to say you love someone, especially with how loosely that term can be thrown around. “My love is on your side” basically means I have your back through anything.
Tell me about the song Mr Right and what you think inspired the lyrics to that song and the video?
I think what inspired it is the idea that material possessions and money don’t have to mean anything in the context of a relationship. Two people can be perfect for each other regardless of what station in life they come from, or what kind of car they drive, or what clothes they wear.
If you ever had the chance to meet and interview Dave Grohl, what are the top two questions you would ask him?
First off, I might pee my pants. The first question would be, will you hang out with me for the rest of the night so I can ask you more than two questions? (Is that like asking a genie for 99 more wishes?) The second question would be, can we jam?
What was your favorite ride at Disney World and why?
I think Space Mountain is the only eligible ride to be considered a favorite. The rest of them weren’t exactly geared toward our demographic.
Are you looking forward to seeing the new Alice In Wonderland movie?
Absolutely. I love Tim Burton, I love Johnny Depp, and the story is classic. Plus, look at the special effects! Its gonna be trippy.
Are you involved with any other side projects outside of A Rocket To The Moon?
I’m working on a few ideas, but nothing to write home about just yet.
When you look back on your work with The Receiving End Of Sirens, what do you think of it now? And do you still keep in touch with any of the guys?
I look back on it very fondly. Those guys are some of my closest friends, and I’m lucky to have been a part of that experience. We all keep in touch, and some of us even work together now. And we’re playing a show in May which should be a blast!
If you weren’t currently a member of A Rocket To The Moon, what do you think you’d be doing today?
I’d be managing bands full time and still living in New York most likely.
What advice would you give a new band about to go on the road for the very first time?
Play it cool, stay humble, and play your hearts out every night. And try to save as much money as you can. Also, I hope you like Taco Bell, because you’re gonna be eating a ton of it.
Messages for fans in the Los Angeles area?
We’ll be there in two days, and I can’t wait to see all your pretty faces again! Thanks for always going crazy for us, let’s make this time around the most memorable show we’ve had together.
(Interview and Warped Tour 2009 Photos by Kenneth Morton – Top Band Photo Credit: Eric Ryan Anderson)
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