Walk the Moon – Music Hall of Williamsburg – January 25, 2013
If Friday’s show was any indication, the time to hype Walk the Moon as becoming “the next big thing” has since past—because there were signs it’s already true. First, many in the audience brought their own face paint, which the band used to do as a way to engage with fans. Second, the first few rows of kids practically pulled muscles trying to Instagram the set list the second it was taped to the floor prior to the show’s start. Third, the band had a small army helping set up their stage and equipment. (Who says major labels are useless these days?) Fourth, and perhaps the biggest sign of all, was that the packed-to-the-brim Music Hall of Williamsburg was teeming with excitement, energy and joy throughout the four-piece’s energetic set—the first of three sold-out weekend shows.
With all that considered, it’s easy to imagine a flashy band, but the Ohio natives proved to be anything but. They focused on strong, multipart vocals, catchy songwriting as viral as the videos they make, and phenomenal stage presence. As lead singer Nicholas Petricca rotated between his two keyboards and a neon-painted floor tom drum throughout the night, guitarist Eli Maiman and bassist Kevin Ray bounced around their sides of the stage while drummer Sean Waugaman loudly crashed his skins and cymbals. This all came together perfectly on each of Walk the Moon’s songs, especially the vocally strong opener, “The Liftaway,” and during their biggest hit so far, “Anna Sun.” But picking favorites would be foolish, because there were no dull moments. For those observing the band from a distance, their rise inspired a feeling of: I hope they can keep this up on the next record. But Walk the Moon have rewritten the script to: I can’t wait to see what they do next. —Sean O’Kane
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