|Tue Jan 19 2016, 8:00pm–9:15pm|
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Formed in Cincinnati by singer/keyboardist Nicholas Petricca, WALK THE MOON built up a devoted following on the strength of their ecstatic live shows and their undeniably infectious breakthrough single “Anna Sun”. A relentless touring machine with an ever-snowballing family of fans, the band quickly graduated from Ohio club scene favourites to an international force to be reckoned with. They have hit the late-night TV circuit with performances on Letterman, Fallon, Conan, and Carson, played for massive crowds at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, and joined the likes of fun., Pink and Panic! At The Disco on the road in the U.S. and Europe.
In concert, it is clear that WALK THE MOON’s live show is an interactive celebration of life and love, a communal commitment to joy and living in the moment. Onstage, Petricca leads audiences in a mass exorcism of the things that bring them down, casting out the demons of doubt and insecurity with hands raised to the sky.
When the band finished touring in support of their self-titled 2012 RCA debut, they were faced with an entirely new concept: time.
With six weeks of free time on their hands, the foursome holed up in a repurposed Masonic Lodge in Dayton, KY and launched into writing an entire album from scratch for the very first time as a band. Clocking in 14-hour days for weeks on end, the band pushed themselves beyond any previous creative limits with an audacious sense of abandon. These six weeks of intense song-writing were followed by another two solid months of recording in North Hollywood, where they worked with producer Tim Pagnotta (Neon Trees, Tokyo Police Club) to create their new masterpiece: Talking Is Hard.
The fruits of their hard work showed. Lead single “Shut Up And Dance” is an undeniable pop-rock anthem, an ode to freeing yourself from the shackles of self-consciousness and embracing the present. With a sing-along chorus that works audiences up into a frenzy, “Shut Up And Dance” has taken the band to new heights with 3x Platinum certifications in the United States, Canada and Australia.
But, as the band warns, listeners who delve deeper into Talking Is Hard will find themselves in wild, uncharted territory. Raw vocal performances, heavy rock riffs, new wave quirks and stylish percussion make for a futuristic marriage with lyrical themes of self-empowerment, growth, and survival.
Fuelled by years on the road and now emerging from months in the studio, WALK THE MOON are clearly unafraid to bear their hearts and their ambition. As they return to the road, WALK THE MOON is finding that the darkness is full of eager fans and soon-to-be-converts, all shouting back, singing along until the lights come up.
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