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Nick Santino, former frontman of pop-rock four piece A Rocket To The Moon, announces the release of his debut full-length album, Big Skies. The album, produced by Pat Kirch of Arizona’s The Maine, is set to release May 27th via EightyOneTwentyThree. Working for the first time as a solo artist under his own name, followers of his former band are sure to hear Santino’s musical progression and growth as an artist in his newer material. Fans were treated to an early track off the album earlier this year with the release of “Long Way Home”, a song co-written by Santino and John O’Callaghan as part of the collaborative 8123 Single Series. Following his LP debut, Santino will spend the summer on the Vans Warped Tour supporting his record with daily performances on the Acoustic Basement Stage.
Big Skies will be available for fan pre-order as of next week. The album is set to release worldwide May 27th.
“Long Way Home” is currently available on iTunes
1. Bad Taste
2. Can’t Say I Miss You
3. Gone Like Yesterday
4. Jackson Browne
5. Keep On Going
6. Back To Where I’m From
7. It Is What It Is
8. Have A Little Faith In Me
9. Long Way Home
10. Mood Ring Eyes
11. She Don’t Miss Me
Get Involved (members of GlassJaw, From Autumn To Ashes, Thursday) released their new video for “Let Your Guard Down” today! Check it out via Brooklyn Vegan here!
“Sam is finally at peace. And I would like to think of this video as a tribute to her and all who are struggling with breast cancer. I want people to know how precious life is, and how the little things don’t REALLY matter. Love is what matters. Happiness is what matters. Appreciate the people around you because you never know how long either of you will be around.” – Printz Board
Printz Board has released this video as a tribute to Sam Lien and to help spread Breast Cancer awareness.
The Tontons have been touring nonstop, playing everything from CMJ Music Marathon in NYC to Canada’s Pop Montreal! They’ll be playing at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, so be sure to give them a listen if you’re there!
Beautiful video for Rachel Lynn’s song “Abide.” Soothing jams!
1) How did you guys all meet?
Chevonne (Vocals): My initial intention was to write a solo record after I was on The Voice and I enlisted a couple of these guys to be my backing band. We’ve known each other for a while, we’re all friends of friends of friends and we all became friends. We began recording for my solo record and immediately it felt like something else, it felt like a band so I just kind of said let’s write and see what happens. We wrote and the music was ridiculously awesome and there wasn’t even a choice, we became a band and the solo record became our band record.
2) How did you guys come up with your band name?
Chris (Vocals): Well her name is Chevonne, so that part was easy but we were recording in a college and long story short, this campus cop said “You guys gotta leave, you don’t have a permit,” and he wasn’t being very nice. Mike got really, really mad so I was trying to make him laugh and I was just like “We just got popped by the fuzz!” And then the following day Chevonne and I were driving to rehearsal and I’m like Chevonne and The Fuzz. I think they were a little apprehensive at the beginning.
3) Do you guys have anything you do before you go on?
Chris: I throw up. It’s a new thing with me now, I don’t like it. I’m trying to make this be the first show when it isn’t going to happen. I think it’s just because I’m so excited. I’m not even sick, it’s just a thing. At the last show they were like “where’d you go?” I’m like “I gotta go puke really quick, and we’ll get this going in the right direction.”
Chevonne: Other than that though, what we try to do before a show is stay together. We try to stay in a group and get psyched together. Hang out a little bit before it all starts, the adrenaline starts to pump.
Nick (Keys): Right before we go on too, during the last couple of shows we’ve huddled up and we just let each other know we love each other, we are a unit and we’re going to rock the place no matter what.
4) Which artist would you most like to collaborate with in the future?
This is really easy to answer. We love the Foo Fighters. Another band that we feel very connected with is Neon Trees because they kind of do the same pop rock with some dance in there. They’re really where we would like to be.
5) Can you guys assign roles to each other?
Chevonne: Well I’m definitely the mom there is no question about that. It’s because I’m definitely a mommy type, however I’m a scatter-brained mom. We like to say that Nick would be the loving grandpa. Mike is the rebel child. Chris (Ricci) is the dad. Books(Guitar) is the fun uncle. Chris is the uncle that teaches you how to swear. He’s the one that shows up and goes “Repeat after me and don’t tell your mom I taught you this.” Then blame it on Mike.
6) If you guys had to marry another band who would it be?
Chevonne: I’m trying to think of a band with a hot girl because we want to marry a hot girl…
Mike (Bass): Paramore
Chevonne: Yeah, we’re going to go with Paramore.
7) How has your experience on The Voice influenced you?
Chevonne: My experience on The Voice helped me a lot because before The Voice I was a professional background singer. I sang for Estelle and I sang for Lady Gaga, so I was very much a team player only and it was my job to make it even more about the artist and highlight them. And so when I got to The Voice it was all of a sudden about me, and it was very weird. I did three songs, and each of the songs moved me further towards figuring out exactly what kind of music I wanted to do.
Be sure to check Chevonne and The Fuzz out next time they’re playing in your city!
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