Walk The Moon are living their dreams, but the band wasn’t always comprised of its current members. The Ohio-based band was started by frontman Nicholas Petricca. After a few line-up changes and some determining gigs at the beginning of 2010, the infectious indie-pop group welcomed bassist Kevin Ray, drummer Sean Waugaman, and guitarist Eli Maiman into the fold.
Not long after, when they were officially “this gang,” the band would come out with the rainbow-colored energy bomb that is the “Anna Sun” video and cement themselves on radio rotations, top ten playlists, and on envy-worthy festival line-ups.
“It’s been really surreal honestly. It’s been a lot of dreams come true, just one after the other,” said Petricca. Making a sound like his mind was exploding, Petricca went on to say that when they got offers last summer to do shows like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, they “didn’t know what to do with themselves.”
“Both of those festivals are such rites of passage,” continued the Walk the Moon frontman. He then relayed a time when all they wanted to do was play “three shows in a row” or even a “half tour.” Now their schedule is so hectic, they barely get to touch base in their native Ohio for “more than three days at a time.”
While some artists might spend their down time in a big urban hub, Walk The Moon feels “pretty lucky” that they have reached success while still living in the Mid-West.
“We have the support of our families there. Our parents are super proud and really supportive,” said Petricca. To which Ray joked, “And they don’t charge us rent. Which is nice.”
–Nadia Noir, KROQ Los Angeles
Walk the Moon’s self-titled debut album is now available.