A Rocket To The Moon

R5 Productions Presents

A Rocket To The Moon

Valencia, Anarbor, Runner Runner, Go Radio

Fri, March 18, 2011

6:00 pm

First Unitarian Church

Philadelphia, PA


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A Rocket To The Moon
A Rocket To The Moon
Looking back now, it’s difficult to believe that A Rocket To Moon all started in Nick Santino’s bedroom three years ago when he harmlessly posted a few songs on the Internet. However what began as an electro-tinged sonic experiment quickly snowballed into a full-fledged band that’s toured with acts like 3OH!3 and Cobra Starship, played festivals like the Vans Warped Tour and Bamboozle and gained fans all over the world. “I never actually intended for A Rocket To The Moon to get this far,” Santino admits, adding he couldn’t be more thrilled about the current incarnation of the band.
Philadelphia's Valencia knows that the art of signing a record deal isn't always a matter of who-you-know, but who-is-listening-to-you-at-3:00am. A very early March 2005 morning marked I Surrender Record's introduction to Valencia. An unsolicited three-track demo tape by the City of Brotherly Love brethren found its way into I Surrender's Rob Hitt's tape deck and the connection was instant. Rather than wait until the more appropriate daylight hours, Hitt called the band at 3:00am to tell them how excited he was by their sound and that he wanted to release a full-length album for them. A week later, Valencia officially became a part of the I Surrender Records family. Formed in 2003, Valencia creates a uniquely infectious blend of guitar-mangled, multi-layered, melodic rock reminiscent of early Saves the Day fused with Thrice. Valencia is Shane (vocals), JD (guitar), Brendan* (guitar), Daniel (drums), and George (bass). This young act's amazing musicianship, mature songwriting ability, and professionalism are quite impressive. It's even fair to say that as more people discover Valencia—either early in the morning or late at night—they will agree that the band's skills easily rival those of the scene's past and present favorites.* One of only 32 people sued by the RIAA in its first round of file-sharing suits, Brendan's scene points are incalculable.
Soulful, fresh, genre-defying. These are only a few of the terms that immediately spark the mind when greeted with Anarbor’s gutsy and transcending EP, Free Your Mind. When noted that the aforementioned genre is pop-rock, it seems even more special that a band with this talent and bravado would push itself away from a scene where predetermined trappings threaten to undermine its singular integrity.
Free Your Mind extends beyond the cut-and-paste albums being churned out, instead infusing dynamic guitars behind the soul-shaking howls and relatable melodies from frontman Slade Echeverria. Crafted in Los Angeles by producer Mike Green over a four-week span in Los Angeles, Free Your Mind's formation came from a desire to break out from the "fad band" chokehold and delve into what was real.
Runner Runner
Hailing from Huntington Beach, CA, Runner Runner originated as an emo-pop side project for the members of the skatepunk band Over It, allowing for more exploration of the group's pop and electro influences. Both bands are comprised of members Ryan Ogren (vocals, guitar), Peter Munters (vocals, guitar), Jon Berry (vocals, bass), Nick Bailey (vocals, guitar), and James Ulrich (drums).
Go Radio
Armed with an enviable combination of musical prowess and an impressive collection of honest, melodic songs, Tallahassee’s Go Radio is one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from Florida’s hotbed of rock n’ roll talent. Second EP Do Overs And Second Chances is a perfect showcase of the band’s abilities, evoking the excitement of discovering something fresh, something exciting. Something real.

Singer/guitarist Jason Lancaster formed Go Radio in 2008, recruiting Matt Burns on bass, Alex Reed on guitar and Steven Kopacz on drums. The quartet released first EP, Welcome To Life, in August 2008, and after sensing that they had created something truly special, decided to test the new songs out on the road. “At first Go Radio was just an outlet to write and make music, but after a week or two, it all just started coming together,” notes Lancaster. “It became so much fun to start touring and playing for people, getting the responses from them. After we started touring more and decided to record the first EP, we knew this had the potential to grow and get bigger than we thought it could be.” The band spent the following two years captivating audiences with their refreshing take on pop-rock, signing to Fearless Records in January 2010.
Venue Information:
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103