Dubbed a “poppy, art-rock quartet” by SPIN magazine, Walk the Moon has quickly made their ways onto the air waves in the past few years, with their first single, a summer hit “Anna Sun” up to their current radio hit, “Shut Up and Dance.”
Made up of Nicolas Petricca, Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman, and Eli Maiman, the current lineup came together in 2010 and quickly released their debut album I Want! I Want! from which, “Anna Sun” received quite a bit of airplay. The popularity of the song extended to television soon after, appearing on Vampire Diaries.
Last week, their TALKINGISHARD tour, named for their newest album, brought the quartet to San Diego for a giant dance party filled with fans in proudly painted faces. Painted faces that extended from wall to wall at the sold out (well in advance) House of Blues.
What I’ve noticed from the times I’ve seen these boys, they impress me more and more as a performing artist. The raw energy of the band is chewed up from the fans, and thrown back at the band. The band epitomizes self expression, not being afraid to show one’s true colors and just have fun with life.
Opening up with “Different Colors” off of Talking is Hard, Walk the Moon gets the crowd off their feet in record times with its “oohs” and catchy chorus that can make the most stoic of people want to move. One of their singles, “Tightrope” followed, which had the rest of the audience singing along.
Petricca leads the band, for when he manages to stray from center stage with his piano, he slinks around the stage, prompting the audience to dance and clap along. Several times, he picks up drum sticks to play the floor toms that rested near his synthesizer. Half way through the night, the band pulls a surprising cover out of their hat. Their performance of “All These Things That I’ve Done” by the Killers, was impressive, the beginning allowed Petricca’s vocals to really stand out without being drowned out by the instrumentals.
The encore threw the audience back to the beginning, ending with “Anna Sun.”
By the end of the night, the crowd was dripped in sweat. And this is certainly not going to be the only show that ends like this. Most shows on the TALKINGISHARD Tour are sold out. After the tour ends in May, the band will be playing a few select shows in the UK, and will be back in fall for a few more dates around the country.