Walk the Moon at First Avenue, 10/29/13

Categories: Last Night
Photo by Erik Hess
Walk the Moon
with the Mowgli's and Smallpools
First Avenue, Minneapolis
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

War paint? Check. Dancing shoes? Check. Teenage energy? Check. All three are requirements at a Walk the Moon show. The Ohio band was back in town for a sold-out show at First Avenue. Fueled by the inescapable summer hit "Anna Sun," the band played to packed Mainroom, hopeful that Prince was in the audience.

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With a setup graced with light-up trees echoing the band's album cover, the quartet approached the stage to the opening song from the movie The Lion King. Walk the Moon can be described as a poppier version of Imagine Dragons, with their catchy songs and many drums scattered onstage -- readily available to beat on when they wanted to ramp up the crowd.
Photo by Erik Hess
All of their songs are synth-heavy and bring to mind '80s pop. Most of the crowd was not even born in that decade, so everything was new to them, especially pieces like "Next in Line" and "Tightrope." To try something new, the band threw in one they have never played live before called "Sidekick." Judging by the reception, it could have some legs, but then again, the crowd was ready to scream for anything the band did -- from the gyrations of lead singer Nicholas Petricca to the invitation to clap along from bassist Kevin Ray.
Photo by Erik Hess

While many of their songs are incredibly memorable with hooks filled to the brim, much of Walk the Moon's lyrics leave room for a lot of growth. Really, fans that connect with lines like "Do you have a boyfriend?" on "Boyfriend" and "I wanna be the sand inside that hourglass" for "Jenny" may think they're clever at 15, but they could outgrow them in a few years. Perhaps the slower tune "Iscariot," which has deeper lyrics and a rain stick, and the perfect party song "Me and My Friends" can keep the fans interested.

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