Bands We Like: Walk The Moon

By Kara Warner

Not to sound self-aggrandizing here, but one of the things that is so enjoyable about our Bands We Like features is the discovery factor. That feeling that you've found something new that hasn't quite gone mainstream, that is really special and you just know everyone is going to love. Case in point, Walk The Moon, a group of fun-loving, wonderfully entertaining musicians whose tunes will brighten your day and make you want to dance. See: "Anna Sun" "I Can Lift A Car" and "Quesadilla."

The Cincinnati natives - Nicholas Petricca, lead singer, keyboardist, bangs a drum or two; Kevin Ray, bassist; Eli Maiman, guitar; and Sean Waugaman, drums - got together a couple of years ago and started playing locally in Cincinnati and have been generating crazy buzz after appearing at Coachella, SXSW, CMJ and touring with 2012 favorite Fitz And The Tantrums.

"We started playing in Columbus, then we played in Indianapolis, and we had friends from New York so we went and played in New York," Petricca told MTV News recently of their relatively rapid upstart. "So over the course of a couple years we developed this relationship with other cities and by the time we got to the beginning of this year, we had started doing longer tours," he explained. "Around the end of the year the music video and independent album had gotten some buzz on blogs and some independent radio and that’s how all this craziness happened."

Maiman described their sound as "rock and roll with synthesizers" and that they sound like Talking Heads and The Killers, "with maybe some Fleet Foxes influences in terms of vocals."

WALK THE MOON "Anna Sun" OFFICIAL Music Video from Contrast Productions on Vimeo.

Looking ahead, 2012 is going to be an even bigger year for the band as their first full-length album will drop and they'll head back out on the road with Young The Giant in February.

"We're really excited to put out the record and get behind it and tour with some people who we like," Maiman said. "We’ve got some things lined up that we're really, really excited with in terms of the tour. We hope to just get out and play for as many people as we can and meet people. I think we also have big hopes for going abroad outside of the U.S. We played in the UK earlier this year. We had a blast it was just a whirlwind."

Do yourself a favor and don't miss out on an opportunity to see Walk The Moon live. Check out their first few 2012 tour dates here and get tickets! Oh and about that face paint you'll see on the band members and super fans in the audience:

"It started when we were brainstorming for the video for 'Anna Sun' and this sort of Neverland, Lost Boys, being children sort of vibe started to peek its head out," Petricca explained of their now signature facial adornment. "It sort of became the center point of the video, not the face paint necessarily but the idea of just being a kid. That happened at the filming and then we released the video and we had this sort of multimedia thing at the event where people could throw paint at the walls and we had a face painting station. It just felt good. It felt right and people started coming to shows in face paint and it just kind of kept going."