Members: Kevin Ray (bass, vocals), Nicholas Petricca (synth, perc., vocals), Sean Waugaman (drums, samples, vocals), Chris Robinson (guitar, vocals)
Latest Project: debut album “i want! i want!” and music video premier for “Anna Sun”
Sounds like: Indie dance pop
Download at: walkthemoonprerelease.bandcamp.com
Listen: “ Anna Sun ”
Walk the Moon started out as project for Nicholas Petricca as a music composition and theory major at Kenyon College. The primary songwriter for the band has done a lot of work to keep the band going through a number of line-up changes (which required calling on the occasional help of friends in the No, No Knots and Charlie Hustle), as well as relocations.
It’s rather fitting though, because much of the inspiration for the music involves themes of growing up. And the growing pains and hard work have paid off. In addition to being the only North American band chosen to play at the London City Showcase, Walk the Moon are gearing up to release their first album and premiere a music video, and they’ve still managed to keep in touch with their own inner child.
Who is the little troll man that I’ve seen on your band t-shirts?
The old man? The “i want! i want!” Man? A friend of ours just draws some really psychedelic artwork, and we just loved that guy. Walk the Moon is a lot about your inner child, you know? And that image, to me, it really just has a lot of imagination, like his beard turns into bumble bees, you know [laughs]? And I just love that. So he’s not anybody in particular, the old man.
You said Walk the Moon is about your inner child. Can you explain that idea more?
It’s just kind of something that we’ve come to all connect with, and the songs help this sense—and the sound. I hope that’s what people come away with; that’s what they’ve told me. I don’t know, I guess lyrically I write about growing up, whether it’s about girls or about college or about moving around or whatever. It’s about coming of age and leaving something behind, but not having to leave it all behind.
Going back to the old man, and also the title of your forthcoming album, where does the “i want! i want!” come from?
There are actually these old William Blake etchings – you know the writer did these etchings – and searching around, we found this thing, it’s a little kid with a ladder to the moon and it just says "I Want, I Want." Again, that tells it. We’re doing this thing on Saturday at the Mockbee. We’re going to have face paint there and canvasses where people can express themselves with like graffiti and stuff. It’s just going to be a big “down-with-your-kid-self” kind of party.
I’ve seen some clips of your video for "Anna Sun" (which is going to premier this weekend), and it looks great. Can you tell me a little bit about it?
Well, Patrick Meier is Contrast Productions, and I met him at the band Charlie Hustle’s music video release last year. I just ran into him and liked his work. Then he started coming to shows and called me one night, like frantic, like “We HAVE to meet. I have this idea for 'Anna Sun.'” And it was turned into our video shoot at the Mockbee. Basically—I won’t tell you too much because we’re going to premier it at the show—but it turned into this kind of strange one shot, one take journey through the weird place that is the Mockbee. We had some 70 volunteers show up and be like actors and you know do their part in the weird music video. There’s also a dance team called Pones Inc. They’re a dance company and sort of theater group in Cincinnati, who are AWESOME. And they are in the video. Then there’s another half filmed at French Park.
Had you ever made a video before this?
No, this was our first video.
So what were your impressions of the process? Was it hard, long or fun?
Well, basically, we knew early into it, the way we wanted to do it was going to be a lot of prep work, to do the whole one shot/one take thing. It was also dependent on volunteers showing up. So it was kind of stressful at first, but it was really rewarding, when it was defined by everyone else being a part of it. I’m not sure if that answers your question—I’m so bad at interviews!
No you’re not, not at all. You guys got picked to go to London to perform. Can you tell me about that?
There’s this festival in London, UK, called City Showcase. Sonic Bids opened it up to have one band from North America, one band from Australia and three from Europe come to play. And for whatever reason we were the one from North America.
That’s probably because you’re talented and they liked what you did, not for whatever reason?
[laughs] Yeah, were just kind of blown away. We were like, “Wow, in our entire continent, we’re the ones (who got picked). We played three shows in the course of the week. We played at the Metro Club, which is like two stories beneath Tottenham Court Road, which was pretty amazing. But we arrived in London that day. We flew in the day before, got in at like 10 a.m. and then lugged all our stuff through the Tube there and when we played the show, we were like zombies. But it still went great. And I had studied in London the year before, so I really love the city and the vibe there. The music scene is really vibrant and constantly pulsing. Everywhere you go, there’s something going on… It was a great experience, but in order for it to really have a big effect, it needs to be someplace that we go back again. We need some connections.
"Anna Sun" sneak peek