Walk the Moon

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Walk the Moon
Walk The Moon Poses For Cameras.jpg
Background information
Origin Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Years active 2008–present
Labels RCA Records
Website www.walkthemoonband.com
Members Nicholas Petricca
Kevin Ray
Sean Waugaman
Eli Maiman

Walk the Moon (sometimes stylized as WALK THE MOON) is an American indie rock band based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lead singer Nicholas Petricca started the band in 2008 and went through several member changes before finally coming together with current members K-Ray The Bae , Sean Waugaman, and Eli Maiman in 2010.[1] The band derives their name from the song "Walking on the Moon" by The Police.[2] The group independently released their debut album, I Want! I Want!, in November 2010, receiving airplay for the track "Anna Sun" on WKCO, WCRD, WWCD, WFPK, WKNH, WRLT, and WTMD.[3] In February 2011, Walk the Moon signed with Mick Management. They signed to RCA Records and released their first official album, Walk the Moon, in June 2012.[4] Their self-titled debut is composed of many of their original tracks from I Want! I Want! as well as new tracks that were written specifically for the album and were meant to reflect the kind of energy the band produced in their live shows.[5]

SPIN Magazine has described them as a "poppy, art-rock quartet".[6] They were also deemed a Nylon Magazine Band Crush for their "swirly pop beats, infectious guitar riffs, and loud, sing-a-long choruses."[7]


"Anna Sun"[edit]

"Anna Sun" was named the song of the summer in a 2011 Esquire article "30 Summer Songs Every Man Should Listen To".[8] Written by Petricca and New York singer/songwriter Nick Lerangis towards the end of their college career, the song is named after their professor (see here and here) from Kenyon College and is meant to symbolize youth. "It's about college, about maintaining that little bit of being a kid," Petricca said. "Don't be afraid to play."[9]

The band's self-released album I Want! I Want! was recorded by Chris Schmidt and Ben Cochran at Soap Floats Recording Studio in their hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. In November 2010, the "Anna Sun" official music video was released to coincide with the disc.[10]

MTV Hive calls the video a "hilariously choreographed, neon-colored and awesomely shot in one take" production.[11] The video was produced by a local Cincinnati company, Contrast Productions, and features original choreography from Kim Popa of PONES Inc., as well as a cast full of the band's friends.

"Anna Sun" was added to the video rotation of American Eagle Outfitters stores in May 2011. It was featured on the hit TV show Vampire Diaries in the first episode of season three.[12] It was also the free single of the week on iTunes for the week of May 15. It has also been named song of the summer by MTV and Seventeen Mag as well as one of the top songs of the year by Amazon. It has been officially remixed by Fool's Gold and by Trouble Productions. It also rose to the number one spot on Alt. Nation on Sirius XM Radio. Along with the success of Anna Sun, Alt. Nation has named them a band you need to know for the Summer of 2012.

Walk the Moon (2012–2013)[edit]

Before the release of their self-titled album, Walk the Moon joined many other performers at the Music Midtown festival and performed on the Great Southeast Music Hall Stage in Atlanta, Georgia in September 2011.[13] In the spring of 2011, the band went on a short tour with the west coast band, Grouplove, as well as supported Panic! At the Disco and Weezer on select dates. The band played on the main stage at the 20th Anniversary of Lollapalooza and also supported Local Natives in an Official Lollaplooza Aftershow at Lincoln Hall. In 2011, the band members began to paint their faces for live performances and they would bring enough paint to share with audience members. They have claimed it has become a “live tradition”.[2] Bonnaroo’s camera crew documented the painting process in a short video from the 2011 festival.[14] Preceding the release of their album, RCA put the band on tour with Young the Giant and Kaiser Chiefs, as well as released a three-song sampler, Anna Sun EP, in January of 2012.[15] The band played at the Sasquatch Music Festival and Firefly Music Festival. The band’s self-titled major label debut Walk the Moon was released on June 19, 2012, the same day that the band appeared on the Late Show with Dave Letterman. The band has also appeared on Conan on July 18th, 2012, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on April 5th 2012, and Last Call with Carson Daly back in 2011. On June 27th, 2012, the band joined many other performers at Summerfest Music Festival and performed on the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage.[16] Also in 2012, Walk the Moon played in the iTunes Festival in London, appeared in KROQ’s Weenie Roast 2012, and was the supporting act for Fun on their European tour. Their single “Quesadilla” was added to the official FIFA 13 soundtrack and their second single, “Tightrope” was used in a commercial for the HP Envy 4 Ultrabook laptop.[17] Lead singer Petricca also appeared on the song "Finale" by Madeon, which also appeared on the FIFA 13 soundtrack.[18]

Talking is Hard (2014–present)[edit]

On September 9. 2014, Walk the Moon released the single Shut Up and Dance in advance of their new album.[19] Over the course of October 2014, the band released a series of pictures and videos on their Facebook page that hinted at the album's title. The title was officially revealed to be Talking is Hard on October 29, 2014, with a release date set for December 2.[20] On November 10, 2014, the band released the cover artwork and song listing for Talking is Hard. On November 17, 2014, they released "Different Colors" as the second single off the album.[21] On November 24, 2014, the album was surprise released on Spotify a week before its set release date. On December 2, 2014 the album was released in digital, CD, and vinyl formats. It was the number 4 album on iTunes the day of its release. [22] The album also charted at number 26 on the Billboard 200 in its first week of release.


  • Nicholas Petricca: lead vocals, keys, synthesizer
  • Kevin Ray: bass, vocals, casual rainstick, (guitar for acoustic sets)
  • Sean Waugaman: drums, vocals
  • Eli Maiman: guitar, vocals



Year Album Peak positions Notes
2010 I Want! I Want!
2012 Walk the Moon 36
2014 Talking Is Hard 26

Extended plays[edit]

  • 2008: The Anthem EP
  • 2012: Anna Sun
  • 2012: iTunes Festival: London 2012
  • 2013: Tightrope EP


  • 2009: The Other Side: B-Sides and Rarities


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album



"Anna Sun" 2012 118 10 20 39 Walk the Moon
"Tightrope" 15 27 45
"Shut Up and Dance" 2014 15 1 2 22 13 Talking Is Hard
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.


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