Walk the Moon
|WALK THE MOON|
Left to right: Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman, Nicholas Petricca, Eli Maiman
Walk The Moon (styled WALK THE MOON) is an American rock band based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lead singer Nicholas Petricca started the band in 2006, while a student at Kenyon College, deriving the band's name from the song "Walking on the Moon" by The Police.The group independently released their debut studio album, i want, i want, in November 2010, receiving airplay for the track "Anna Sun" on multiple Alternative radio stations. Along with the success of Anna Sun, Alt. Nation named them a band you need to know for the Summer of 2012. Influential music blog Neon Gold helped to break the band in January of 2011, calling Anna Sun "the kind of stuff British A&R dreams, and major label bidding wars, are made of."  In February 2011, they signed to RCA Records and in June 2012 released their first major label studio album, Walk the Moon  which includes a re-recorded version of Anna Sun from i want!, i want!, which was song of the summer at least two years in a row. In December 2014, the band released their second major-label studio album, Talking Is Hard. This album includes the song "Shut Up and Dance," which hit number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number one on the Billboard Rock Songs chart and Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Ryan Seed of Billboard gave "Shut Up and Dance" four and a half stars out of five. 
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”. Bonnaroo’s camera crew documented the painting process in a short video from the 2011 festival. Preceding the release of their album, Walk the Moon went on tour with Young the Giant and Kaiser Chiefs, as well as releasing a three-song sampler, Anna Sun EP, in January 2012. The band played at the Sasquatch Music Festival and Firefly Music Festival. They are known for their energetic performances and tireless touring schedule   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. In the spring 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.
i want! i want!
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. The lead single from the album, "Anna Sun", became a surprise hit in the summer of 2011 following an endorsement by the Esquire article "30 Summer Songs Every Man Should Listen To". Written by Petricca and New York songwriter Nick Lerangis as their time at Kenyon College came to an end. "It's about college, about maintaining that little bit of being a kid," Petricca said. "Don't be afraid to play."The song was named after one of their favorite teachers (see here and here) It was named song of the summer by MTV and Seventeen Mag, and one of the top songs of the year by Amazon. It has been officially remixed by Fool's Gold and received a Trouble Productions remix by Robert Hammond Jr . Anna Sun rose to the number one spot on Alt. Nation on Sirius XM Radio. "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. It was also the free single of the week on iTunes for the week of May 15. Filmed in 2011 in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, the "Anna Sun" music video was released to coincide with the album. The video was shot on-location at the Cincinnati Mockbee building, as well as at a city park. It was directed and produced by Patrick Meier of the 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 and locals from Cincinnati. MTV Hive calls the video a "hilariously choreographed, neon-colored and awesomely shot in one take" production..
Walk the Moon
The band’s self-titled major label debut Walk the Moon was released on June 19, 2012. The same day they appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. On June 27, 2012, the band joined many other performers at Summerfest Music Festival and performed on the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage. The first single was "Anna Sun" which peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Alternative chart and number 20 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart. 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 song “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. and was featured in the game Saints Row IV. Petricca appeared on the song "Finale" by Madeon, which was included on the FIFA 13 soundtrack.
Talking Is Hard
On September 9, 2014, Walk The Moon released the single "Shut Up and Dance" (stylized as "SHUT UP + DANCE") in advance of their new album. It was written by the band members and songwriters Ben Berger and Ryan McMahon. The song is based on an experience frontman Nicholas Petricca had at a Los Angeles nightclub. His girlfriend invited him to dance, inspiring the title, which he envisioned as an anthem for letting go of frustration and having fun.
The song reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and became a number-one hit on the magazine's Alternative Songs chart and the Hot Adult Contemporary chart. Outside the United States, the song topped the charts in Poland, peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, the Republic of Ireland, and the United Kingdom, the top twenty of the charts in New Zealand and Sweden and the top thirty of the charts in the Netherlands. The band has performed "Shut Up and Dance" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Good Morning America.
During 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. 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. 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. The album also charted at number 26 on the Billboard 200 in its first week of release.
On July 24th 2015 they joined Taylor Swift on stage at the Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Massachussetts during her 1989 tour, to perform "Shut Up and Dance" 
On November 16, 2015, the group sang the national anthem, preceding a Monday Night Football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Houston Texans, which was played at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
The band performed their breakout hit "Shut Up and Dance", which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, live at the 43rd Annual American Music Awards (AMA) on November 22, 2015. They were first-time AMA nominees for:
- New Artist of the Year
- Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group
- Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock
The band's competition for New Artist of the Year included, Sam Hunt (winner), Fetty Wap, Tove Lo, and The Weeknd. For Favorite Pop/Rock Band the competition was One Direction (winner) and Maroon 5. The other finalists for the Favorite Alternative Rock award were Fall Out Boy (winner) and Hozier. The band's live performance at the 2015 AMAs can be seen here.
On January 1, 2016, they performed "Shut Up and Dance" and "Work This Body" on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve in New York to honor the New Year. The band is also featured on The Knocks' song titled "Best For Last" which was released on their debut album, entitled "55". The album was released on March 4, 2016, under the label Big Beat Records.
Musical style and Influences
Walk the Moon have cited Talking Heads, David Bowie, The Police, Tears for Fears and Phil Collins as influences  Walk the Moon's use of eighties musical mainstays such as keyboard and synthesizer is also notable.
- Studio albums
- You Are Not Alone (2016)
Awards and nominations
|2015||Teen Choice Awards||"Shut Up and Dance"||Choice Music: Party Song||Nominated|||
|MTV Video Music Award||Best Rock Video||Nominated|||
|American Music Award||"Walk The Moon"||New Artist of the Year||Nominated|||
|Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group||Nominated|||
|Favorite Artist -
|2016||iHeartRadio Music Awards||"Shut Up and Dance"||Song of the Year||Nominated|||
Song of the Year
|"Walk The Moon"||Best Duo/Group of the Year||Nominated|||
|Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||"Walk The Moon"||Favorite New Artist||Nominated|||
|Billboard Music Award||"Walk The Moon"||Top Radio Song||Won|||
|"Shut Up and Dance"||Top Rock Song||Won|||
|"Walk The Moon"||Top Rock Artist||Nominated|||
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