In a day and age where music can largely be driven by stale motives and mundane messages, it’s refreshing to find a bourgeoning band that hasn’t fallen for the same tricks. For Mansions on the Moon, making music, rather, has simply been an outlet for collective creativity.

“I think you write music because you’re inspired,” Mansions guitarist Ted Wendler says. “You create because of the need to.” So when Wendler teamed up with Pnuma Trio members Ben Hazlegrove (keyboards) and Lane Shaw (drums) to start their new project more than three years ago, they were content to write songs for the sake of writing them.

“Who knows why we did it other than the fact that we like to make music,” Wendler says, with regard to the band’s formation. “We just create music to create music.”

Yet after almost two years of working out of their dingy basement studio in Virginia Beach, Mansions needed a change and they needed one soon.

“We hit this wall where nothing was really driving [our music],” Wendler explains. “We needed a change of scenery. We needed to take it to the next level and do a real album.”

A phone call from N.E.R.D’s Shae Haley soon after would be just what the doctor ordered. Praising the band for its unique style and approach to its craft, the prominent rapper/singer wanted to get involved immediately. The trio, consequently, knew what it had to do next: move to Los Angeles.

“We wanted to make an epic album, and in order to do that, we couldn’t do it in our basement in Virginia Beach,” Wendler admits. “L.A. just seemed like the best choice, and we’re glad we made it.”

While working in a professional recording studio – one with an array of instruments and sounds at their fingertips – served as a large incentive for Mansions’ cross-country move, the chance to network with other like-minded individuals in the industry represented another.

“It was that classic, ‘Why do bands go to L.A.?’” Wendler recalls.

Those sorts of opportunities, though, didn’t take long to present themselves to the band once it made it to Los Angeles. In fact, less than a year after arriving, Mansions dropped their highly anticipated remix album, Paradise Falls, with the help of super producer Diplo and DJ Benzi. As ambient noises mesh with atmospheric melodies from one track to the next on the 12-song LP, you wonder if what you’re hearing is really coming from a rock band. But what often separates the great ones from the good ones is their ability to hold a crowd’s attention while on stage. That, of course, is not always easy to do when your music is as heavily produced as Mansions'.

It’s something that the band has continually been working on these days, along with its debut album that was originally expected to come out in August. In the meantime, Mansions continues to tinker with their live performance after playing at Snow Ball Music Festival in Avon, Colo., and joining Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller on the Green Carpet Tour this year.

Now, after a series of Midwest festival appearances in September, the band is home and ready to step back onto stage when Hermosa Beach welcomes it to the Saint Rocke on Oct. 22. And with a Saturday night headlining slot and new material to showcase, it could be the start of something big for three friends eager to share their music with the world.

“I just want tons of people to hear us,” Wendler says. “Music is created so people can hear it. Otherwise it wouldn’t be loud.”

Mansions on the Moon perform Oct. 22 at Saint Rocke. For more information, visit