Walk the Moon
There’s a good chance you know who Nicholas Petricca, Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman and Eli Maiman are. You may have seen them out and about in OTR, grabbing a bite to eat at a local joint, or even at the grocery store. Your sister or brother or cousin might have gone to high school with one of them. So you might be surprised to see them on MTV or Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. But don’t be. These Cincy natives make up the band Walk the Moon – and they’re blowing up.
Recently signed by RCA, Walk the Moon released their first official album in June. The self-titled album features “Anna Sun” – named the song of the summer by Esquire, Seventeen and MTV. Front man Petricca says it’s meant to symbolize youth: “It’s about college, about maintaining that little bit of being a kid,” he says. “Don’t be afraid to play.”
The band certainly doesn’t forget to do that. A hallmark of their live shows, as well as the “Anna Sun” video, is their characteristic face paint. Before eachconcert they deck themselves out in tribal colors and patterns and bring enough to share with the audience as well.
It’s this exuberance for connecting with their fans, as well as playing catchy, relatable music that’s landed Walk the Moon in the spotlight. Their art-pop style is full of tight harmonies, funky riffs and anthem-like vocals. And until recently, they were getting noticed for it without even having a label.
Unsigned, Walk the Moon released a debut LP called i want! i want! that caught the attention of many new fans across the country as well as Michael McDonald, owner of Mick Artists Management, which represents John Mayer and Ray LaMontagne. As a result, they stepped up their touring schedule adding spots at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, SXSW and more.
Now teamed up with RCA, the band’s gearing up for their first European tour this fall. After that – the sky’s the limit. But to Walk the Moon, Cincinnati will always be home. Says Maiman, “It’s always nice to be able to just come home and be with our families after being out on the road for months and months. We love representing Cincinnati. We’re extremely proud to be from Cincinnati…and know that the city will keep supporting us as they have in such an amazing way.”
Check out their website here: http://walkthemoonband.com/.
Download ”Anna Sun” here: https://ec.smcdp.net/welcome?key=F31BAE94-785B-1D23-683D-2105A3F68923