Cincinatti-bred alternative hitmakers Walk The Moon have announced a November 2 show at the Bowery Ballroom in support of their new single, “Shut Up and Dance.” Ahead of that gig, the band comes to New York next week to perform the track for the first time on NBC's Late Night With Seth Meyers on September 15.
Walk The Moon – which consists of Nicholas Petricca (lead singer, songwriter and keyboard player), Eli Maiman (guitar, vocals), Kevin Ray (bass, vocals) and Sean Waugaman (drums, vocals) – played our area last month, supporting Panic! At The Disco’s The Gospel Tour at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River on August 8. The group’s own headlining run, ‘Shut Up and Tour 2014,’ gets underway on October 8 at The Crocodile in Seattle and will feature music from their yet-to-be-titled upcoming album, which is expected to be released before the end of the year.
The band – which has played with kindred spirits like Weezer, Grouplove, Young the Giant and Kaiser Chiefs – first made a splash in 2012, with the release of the infectious “Anna Sun,” which became one of that year’s biggest alternative radio hits. Taking their name from The Police’s 1979 single “Walking on the Moon,” the band was signed to RCA on the strength of their 2010 independent album, I want! I want!
Following “Anna Sun” – a song written by Petricca with New York singer/songwriter Nick Lerangis when they were finishing up their education at Kenyon College and was about holding onto one’s youth while entering the adult world – the band released the single “Tightrope,” which earned increased exposure in a commercial for HP’s Envy 4 Ultrabook.
The music of the 1980s continues to be a touchstone for Walk The Moon, who spent a portion of 2013 writing the music for their third album. According to reports, Maiman has been drawing heavily on Johnny Marr’s guitar work in The Smiths, while Waugaman’s drumming style has been influenced by that era’s electronic music.