Thursday I was once again swept off my feet by an amazing, energy-filled performance from one of my favorite bands, Walk the Moon. This was the fifth time I’ve seen them live, and even so I was blown away by the performances…my voice is still recovering from singing at the top of my lungs.
Talking is Hard, the band’s sophomore album, released December of last year…and it did just what I thought it was going to do to the Cincinnati-natives. Propel them up the charts. The lead single “Shut Up and Dance” was played on radio stations all over the country, the band made appearances on Jimmy Fallon, Letterman, and Seth Meyers. They even performed on Good Morning America, they were finally getting the recognition they deserved…and as a fan I’m extremely proud of where they are now and I can’t wait to see where their success takes them.
Just to give you an idea of what I mean, towards the end of the show, lead singer Nick Petricca asked how many of the people in the crowd were ‘newbies’ or had never been to a WTM show. Almost THE ENTIRE VENUE RAISED THEIR HANDS. If that isn’t an indication of how much their fan base has grown over the past year, then I don’t know what is. Did I mention the show was sold out?
Once we got into the venue it was only a matter of minutes before the pit filled up, the venue was so packed that by the end of the night we were all soaked in sweat (that may have been the dancing too).
The night started off perfectly with an awesome opening from The Griswolds. This was my second time seeing them, and the first time was at a small intimate venue where we actually got to meet the members, all of which are a great group of people. The indie pop outfit played their hits “Beware The Dog” and “Heart Of A Lion” which riled up the crowd even more, while also diving into their debut album Be Impressive which released August of last year. What I loved about The Griswolds’ performance was the energy, the craziness, the fun that they were having on stage. They interacted with the crowd, hell, lead singer Chris Whitehall even crowd surfed. For a band that just released a debut album, they brought yet another kick ass performance that I will no doubt remember for years to come.
After the energizing opener you really could tell that the crowd was getting anxious to see Walk the Moon. The lights were occasionally dimmed and that’s when everyone got quiet, only to realize that they were testing the lights. As my friend put it, “they’re such a tease”.
Finally, after what seemed like forever they came on singing the opening track off of Talking Is Hard, “Different Colors”. It was a powerful start, but I do think they could have started out with a better song, like “Up 2 U” for example. They played this later on, and I completely flipped out. I originally thought that they wouldn’t even go near the song, but the night was full of surprises.
I was a little bummed that they didn’t play one of my favorites “Come Under the Covers”, but what surprised me was the fact that they didn’t stop from dipping into the classics such as “Jenny” and “Lisa Baby”.
What has always captivated me about Walk The Moon is the fact that they know how to put on a great show. You will leave that concert wondering why the hell you had to leave. You will leave that concert a fan, regardless of whether or not you had ever listened to more than one song. THAT is the power that this group has and I absolutely love it.
There aren’t many words that can describe my feelings during that concert, but to put it in perspective think of it this way: it was my fifth time seeing them…fifth…and I still felt like it was the first time. They are just that good.
When bands have the ability to captivate their fans the way they did, they deserve all of the fame and following they can handle. Here’s to Walk The Moon and The Griswolds, for some phenomenal careers.
If you EVER get the opportunity to see these guys live, don’t think twice. You’ll regret if you miss out.