Ingenue assaults your headphones as a long rush of fuzz and distortion but gradually transforms into a slick indie rock offering. The song is a meandering track that demands attention and delivers a creative vibe much different than anything else on the markets these days. At times, I felt like I had my ass parked on a huge bass speaker in the corner of the dance floor at The Revival in Philadelphia listening to a killer new wave dance party.
Rock fans in Orlando had a chance to catch Walk the Moon, one of today’s hottest Alternative Rock artists, at the House of Blues in Orlando this weekend. The quartet out of Cincinnati is touring the country riding the enormous popularity of their current hit single, “Anna Sun.” The song has been kicking around the Indie music scene for a few years, but has recently exploded after being polished and re-released on their eponymous debut album on RCA Records.
The band’s sound is addictive pop rock with smooth harmonies and catchy lyrics. On this night, they played a short set, as the opening act for Neon Trees (see that review here). They were co-headliners on this tour, and by the time they hit the stage, the venue was packed to near sell-out capacity. It was apparent from the opening notes of their set that a good majority of the engaged fans were there to see Walk the Moon. The foursome who are known for painting their faces before performing found that there were a slew of fans who followed suit.
Lead vocalist and keyboard player, Nicholas Petricca is the focal point, but this is clearly a group where everyone contributes equally. Drummer Sean Waugaman and bassist Kevin Ray were the steady driving back bone throughout the energetic rocking set. The harmonies of Petricca, Ray, Waugaman and guitarist Eli Maiman were even better live than on the band’s debut release. Petricca interacted with the crowd all night, often getting their hands in the air and leading some cool rhythmic clapping. His unique voice sounded excellent live, and the remainder of the quartet’s music was tight and crisp throughout the show.
The highlight of the night was an extended version of ‘I Can Lift a Car,” a fantastic song that superbly showcases the bands’ musical abilities and which clearly highlights the potential for these Ohioans to be much more than a one-hit wonder. The youthful crowd sang along throughout the show and were bouncing and swaying during the entire set. For us more seasoned rockers, it was a nice treat to hear the band throw in an excellent cover of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” with a nice Walk the Moon touch.
As expected, the band closed with a rousing performance of “Anna Sun” raising the crowd to a fever pitch, with the entire house singing and dancing along. A great way to wrap up a passionate, albeit short set, from a band that proved they have what it takes to be a headliner their next time through Orlando.