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A Rocket To The Moon Achieves Lift-Off

of the Oakland Press

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Coming back to Pontiac’s Crofoot complex has special meaning to Massachusetts modern rockers A Rocket To The Moon since frontman Nick Santino and guitarist Justin Richards wrote “Like We Used To” — the second single from the group’s debut album, “On Your Side” — in the parking lot across the street last April.

“We were leaving to go to Los Angeles in a couple days and needed one more song for the album,” recalls Santino, 21, who formed A Rocket in 2006. “We wrote that song in 45 minutes in the back of our van, in the parking lot. It’s a typical kind of break-up song where everything gets better at the end of it and you realize you’re better off the way you are and she’s better off the way she is.

“We flew out to L.A. two days later and recorded it, and it’s one of my favorite songs. Every time we play in Michigan we make sure to tell everyone this song was written in that parking lot.”

Most of a A Rocket’s songs, in fact, deal with assorted romantic situations. Santino says the group draws on its own experiences but says he tries to steer away from specifics.

“When I write songs about people I know or personal experiences, they always come out real literal and I’m like, ‘Ooh, I can’t use that. They’ll know who I’m talking about,’ ” he says with a laugh. “When Justin and I get together, we find it’s more fun to write songs if they haven’t exactly happened to us.

“So for this particular record, there aren’t many songs that had to do with anybody or anything, although the breakup songs are all taken from the influence of us being broken up with ... So they could be taken as literal songs. But they’re not, necessarily.”

A Rocket To the Moon, Sing It Loud, Eye Alaska, Rookie of the Year and Disco Curtis perform Wednesday, April 14, in the Pike Room at the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $13. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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