When Cincinatti, Ohio indie-pop group Walk The Moon took the stage at Terminal 5 in New York this Tuesday, April 14, it was to "Circle of Life" from the classic Disney movie The Lion King. Before they even began their set, the group- which consists of Nicholas Petricca on lead vocals, keys, and synthesizer; Kevin Ray on bass, vocals, and casual rainstick; Sean Waugaman on drums and vocals; and Eli Maiman on guitar and vocals- showed a vibrant, colorful energy. "Different Colors", then, was certainly a perfect song to begin their performance with, and was accompanied by appropriate brightly colored lights.
"Tightrope" allowed Petricca to show off his cadent vocals, while "Shiver Shiver" featured the shimmery type of beat that Walk The Moon is known for. The crowd was young, and featured many teenagers who were at first glued to their cell phones, until Petricca requested everyone put their phones away: "We would like to say you're in Walk The Moon Land. Cell phones are cool but you'll have a hell of a lot more fun if you're remembering with your eyes and your ears and your body."
From the cheers during the first seconds of the song's synthesizer-fueled intro, it was clear that "Portugal" was a fan favorite. Petricca and co. engaged the crowd throughout the band's set: while introducing "Aquaman" he asked, "Will you take a deep breath with me?", and then before "Lisa Baby" reassured that they were still as excited to be at the show as the band clearly was: "Y'all still got a little rage in you?"
With a capacity of about three thousand people, Terminal 5 is far from a small room, but Walk The Moon managed to make every person in the audience feel like they were connected- both with each other and with the band. Further continuing his encouragement of living in the moment, Petricca talked about how "all you have is what you're feeling right now", and that "the more humans that do this, the more negative shit that gets pushed away", before the band launched in to the triumphant "I Can Lift A Car." He thanked New York for being with the band for so long, from "every tiny little bar in the whole damn city" to a sold-out show at Terminal 5, before Walk The Moon concluded their set with their biggest hit yet, "Shut Up And Dance."
Of course, not long after they left the stage Walk The Moon were back for an encore. They'd been filming material for the music video for "Different Colors" throughout the night, and played the song a second time at the beginning of their encore, before playing a cover of The Killers' "All These Things That I've Done." While Walk The Moon will return to New York with a show on Sept. 24 at the Central Park Summer Stage, each show is a unique performance and a special memory- but one night is something fans can take with them: before playing their closing song and breakthrough hit "Anna Sun", Petricca had one last bit of wisdom for the crowd: "All this beautiful energy, you can either leave it here or take it with you as a powerful thing and make the world a better place."