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Walk the Moon Have Arrived

January 28th, 2013

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

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Walk the Moon on 1/25

January 22nd, 2013

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With a brand new EP, Tightrope, out today, Walk the Moon arrive in New York City this week to play The Bowery Ballroom on Friday and Saturday. Both shows are already sold out, but the good news is The House List is giving away two tickets to see the Cincinnati four-piece on Friday. Want to go? Then try to Grow a Pair. It’s easy. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Walk the Moon, 1/25) and a brief message explaining why you think you deserve go to. Eddie Bruiser, who will decide if you’re right, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Really Fun to Watch

June 20th, 2012

Walk the Moon – Mercury Lounge – June 19, 2012


On one of the biggest days in their still-short tenure as a buzz band in the indie-rock scene, Walk the Moon came to Mercury Lounge last night to celebrate the debut of their self-titled release on the heels of a Late Show with David Letterman taping earlier in the day. The Ohio dance-rockers filled the venue to its limits for an hour-long set that showcased all the reasons why they’re earning that lusted-after title of the next big thing.

Most of the show was spent belting out tracks from the new album—which is mostly a rerecorded version of their original full-length, I Want! I Want!—as the band started with the staggered vocals of “The Liftaway” and then matched plenty of quick drumming with fluttery keyboard lines during “Quesadilla.” From the beginning of the Panic! at the Disco–tinged “Jenny,” it was clear the face-painted crowd (a staple of the group’s shows) was filled with already dedicated fans, as they screamed out the sing-along part lead singer Nicholas Petricca was trying to teach before he could even finish. The few breaks in the dance party came in the form of “Iscariot,” a slower-paced, vocal-driven track that sounds like it could be a Bon Iver B-side, and “Fixin’,” a newer song that shed some light on where the band’s musical maturation is likely headed.

Before the set finished, the audience went wild for another newer track, “Shiver Shiver,” which cranked up the energy just in time for the infectious song the band owes its sudden rise to, “Anna Sun.” But Walk the Moon didn’t need to prove anything last night: They’ve already showed that they’re more than just one song. And while the group celebrated a major step with their excellent set at Mercury Lounge, from here on out, they’ll be performing in bigger New York City venues. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com