By Hayley | February 8, 2013
Last night, for the second time, I had the absolute pleasure of seeing Walk the Moon in concert*. The first time I saw them was in August at the House of Blues in Cleveland, when 21 Pilots opened for them and they opened for Neon Trees. 21 Pilots was awesome, of course, and Neon Trees was overly theatrical**.
If you haven’t yet heard of Walk the Moon, I highly recommend them. Their sound drifts a little bit back to the 80’s, a little electronic and easy to dance to, but the lead singer, Nicholas Petricca, makes the band sound modern with his voice. They’re a little reminiscent of The Talking Heads, which is fitting because they covered The Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House” in their new EP, Tightrope. Their lyrics are endearing, simple, and sincere, my favorite line being from “Shiver Shiver”:
“You leave these marks upon my neck,
and they’re still there…I know but I still check.”
I find this specific couplet to be so adorable because they express excitement to have found such infatuation with someone. Maybe being excited about a hickey is weird, but I like their expression of it anyways.
Both times I’ve seen them in concert, I have walked out liking their songs more than I did before I came in. I wasn’t too enthused about a few of the songs from their title CD or from their new EP but after last night I am convinced once again.
Last night was a particularly good night to see them because it was announced about halfway through the show that we were the largest crowd they had ever played for as a headliner AND they were playing in their home state of Ohio, most of the band being from Cincinnati. The band members’ parents were even watching the show from the balcony, which made me miss my own parents who would always come see all of my plays and musicals and choir concerts and voice recitals too.
Unfortunately they are not nominated from any Grammy’s this weekend, which, for the record, is ridiculous because their pop album definitely blows Taylor Swift’s out of the water as do their live performances um, HELLO, so here’s to hoping that the Black Keys just win everything and that the Avett Brothers prevail also in their nomination for Best Americana Album.
*Shout out to OUAB for selling tickets for $8, that was dope.
**I don’t have a problem with theatrics, but a packed concert hall just isn’t the place—nobody could see anything that was going on and the front-man was very Gaga-esque in his rambling.
Books read: I don’t wanna talk about it
Song recommendation: In light of their many grammy nominations, Black Keys’ Little Black Submarines is probably my favorite song by them and was my very favorite to belt while driving to and from school last year.