By Chelsea DeVries
Shut up and dance with me! No, really. I’m sure as soon as you read those words, that song came to mind. If not, let me tell you about the band behind this infectiously catchy song you hear over and over played on pop radio.
Walk the Moon is an American indie pop band from Cincinnati, Ohio. Its four members are Nicholas Petricca (lead singer/keyboardist), and after some member changes in 2010: Kevin Ray (bassist), Sean Waugaman (drummer), and Eli Maiman (guitar). The band began in 2008 and gets its name from the “Walking The Moon” song by The Police.
They released their debut album I Want! I Want! in November 2010. The only single off this album was “Anna Sun,” which is a song written and named after a college professor they had at Kenyon College. Lead singer Nick Petricca says, “It’s about college. It’s about maintaining that little bit of being a kid; not being afraid to play.” “Anna Sun” was featured on the hit television show Vampire Diaries and was also played in American Eagle Outfitters. In February 2011, they were signed to RCA records.
In 2012, they opened for bands such as Panic at the Disco! and Weezer on a short tour, and their self-titled album Walk the Moon was released. The album was released on June 19, 2012. “Anna Sun” was featured on this album as well and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Alternative Chart. Two years later, their second album Talking is Hard was released. “Shut up and Dance” was debuted as the lead single off the album on September 9, 2014 and peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album is said to have a new wave and eighties feel to it. “Shut Up and Dance” is a catchy dork-rock hit about freeing yourself from self-consciousness and worry and embracing the moment you are in at the present time.
Currently, Walk the Moon just finished their 2015 American tour on May 9. They’ve been doing a press tour recently with performances on Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda and part of the summer concert series on Good Morning America. Whatever way you look at it, Walk the Moon isn’t just a star on the rise but their journey to fame can be likened to a rocket to the moon, blasting off and leaving a trail of catchy dance tunes behind.
Grab tickets for their #TALKINGISHARD Tour at http://www.walkthemoonband.com/tour/